altered paint brush

** 9/10/17 Featured Project at Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog! **
** 9/25/17 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **
** 9/30/17 DT Favorite Winner at Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I posted earlier this week that I’ve joined the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT and I’m super stoked to share my debut inspiration project! I created an altered paint brush which features a sentiment from the awesome Snarky Words Printables! OMG, a good inky time was had by all! I started out wearing gloves and my hands started sweating so I took the gloves off, had a drink of water and decided to eat some lunch while stuff was drying. When I got back to the project, I totally forgot to put the gloves back on, so I’m still sporting nice shades of blue and green ink on my fingers and hands, lol! UPDATE: Mixed Up Magazine has apparently undergone some changes and their blog has moved, so these links may no longer be viable. 


This is the first paint brush I’ve ever altered – it’s been on my “To Do List” for a while so I decided that my debut project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT was the time to do one! I painted it with white gesso, then added texture with a mini dots stencil and texture paste on the handle (top portion above the metal band). I added lace trim and a handmade air clay embellishment on the metal band, then another coat of gesso and some crackle paint over the texture on the handle.


Then the fun began… spritzes of water and Ranger Adirondack Color Wash in Lettuce, Stream, Denim and Purple Twilight, along with more spritzes of water here and there, letting the ink run.


When the colors were exactly how I wanted them, I let everything dry and added some texture stamping and the #limitededition word strip that I inked with distress ink. I filled the center well on the air clay embellishment with Prills. First time I’ve ever used these and I think I like ’em! I added distress ink to the edges around the entire brush.


I added a chipboard leaf that I coated in Versamark and then heat embossed in Pewter embossing powder (I did this three times). Then I adhered a multi-loop bow with with a single rhinestone on top of it and some bamboo cord looped beneath it. You know I love my bows and I’ve been creating mostly CAS cards lately which haven’t had bows. I guess I was going through withdrawal, lol!


One final look. So very happy with how this turned out!


I’d love to enter this altered paint brush into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenges: #349 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #17 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: September Mixed Media Challenge
Inspiration Destination: #133 – Anything Goes with Optional Recipe (ribbon & bamboo cord)
Little Red Wagon: #410 – Give Us Your Background
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1736 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Monday Challenge – STAMPtember Stamp It
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Wednesday Challenge: STAMPtember Stamp It
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #98 – Techniques (mixed media)
Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog: #278 – No Layouts or Cards
Word Art Wednesday: #298/#299 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Snarky Words

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Art Textures stamp set
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Color Wash- Lettuce, Stream, Denim, Purple Twilight; Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark, Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Paint brush, Studio gesso, Memory Box Mini Dots stencil, Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte, Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, Liquitex Matte Gel, Prima Escutcheon II mould, Polyform Model Air Clay, Ribbit Prills, Ranger Pewter embossing powder, Really Reasonable Ribbon Purple Nile seam binding and Hemptique Bamboo Cord, Stampin’ Up Rhinestones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mixed media project! Be sure to check out all the fun Printables for your mixed media and collage projects at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

17 thoughts on “altered paint brush”

  1. WOW this is brilliant love the colours and fabulous texture -love the prills-I have a brush and wooden spoons to embellish from last year and done nothing yet-you have just inspired me to get cracking
    Carol x


  2. So cool and creative. Love the colors and how you blended them all together. Great job! Thank you for stamping with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!


  3. This is AWESOME, Leslie. You are super creative and your art is always fun and uplifting. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday


  4. Oh wow !! what a fabulous paintbrush!! I love how you have altered this, the colours and textures are so pretty! It was well worth getting your hands all inky LOL ;-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday Challenges
    Lols x x x


  5. This is beautiful, Leslie! I don’t know that I have ever seen an altered paint brush! Very cool! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Use Your Stuff! -Lori DT


  6. Wow!! this is stunning, beautiful colours and texture.
    Thank you for joining us over at Scrapping4FunChallenges
    Kelly (DT)


  7. Dang.. and I just throw them away.. I LOVE this idea and the colors are awesome. This is so cute and I have to remember this idea. So glad you shared over at Inspiration Destination


  8. Congrats on your new post, looks like you were the perfect choice! I love this paint brush, so fun to look at all the details. This is an amazing creation. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Little Red Wagon Challenge this week!


  9. Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Carla DT


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