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Monday, April 9, 2018

Altered Paintbrushes

This month, my ATC group decided to try something new- we altered paintbrushes.  I made three all together and traded two of them.

 This is brush #1
 I used Pink and Green paints after the brush was prepped (which is I will show below). I would paint on a color and use a spritz bottle and let the color thin out and run. I also used some modeling paste and a stencil to add some texture on the handle.
  The mushrooms image is Unity, the gnomes are Gerda Steiner for the Monthly Progressive challenge. I think these 2 images are perfect together : ) 



On to Paintbrush #2



 A close-up

The Birdcage is Prima, and it is paintedsilver metallic.  The birds are from a die as is the branch, and the flowers- from my stash. The ribbon is all hand-dyed from.....I have to check that.  I used alot of stickles on this brush. The bottom of the brush- the bristles are covered with paint and stickles as well- so it very shimmery.

Brush #3

   The findings on this brush are from Prima and Melissa Francis. The rhinestones are colored with Copics and wrapped around the handle.
 

 This brush was claimed by my mother : )

The brushes are 3" and were purchased at the dollar tree.  I did sand the handles lightly just to make sure the paint would adhere over the varnish.

Next, I painted the entire brush with white Gesso. After Gesso, I painted on Crackle paint, so all of the brushes have crackle look on them. This was quick and I painted all three at the same time.

This is a picture of all of the group brushes- we all exchanged one- my mom exchanged one of mine, so I traded the first two.


Challenges:
Gerda Steiner Progressive Freebie April

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

8 comments:

Maxine D said...

These are beautiful Shelly - I don't blame you Mum for claiming brust #3 - I think I would have too!
Blessings
Maxine

Beth Norman said...

These are awesome, Shelly. I like to see what others do with paint brushes. I was once in an altered doll group. The paintbrush still sticks in my head as it was the best of them all. Someone put a clay face on it, another put a chicita banana arrangement on her head, and clothes were sewn. I'll bet you had a lot of fun with your three brushes.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

What a fun use for paintbrushes! Cute!

Donna said...

What a unique idea, Shelly! Love them all but my favorite is the one with the birds and bird cage. Very colorful and fun!

Lynn McAuley said...

How fun is this!! I love that each brush is a unique beauty with a special theme all its own!!

Lisa Lynn said...

SO CREATIVE!!!

Suzanne Harkinson said...

How clever!

MiamiKel said...

Shelly, these are so much fun to see again! They are amazing and so creative ~ what a fun idea for a gift and displaying, too!