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,

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