Friday, August 23, 2013

Altered Paint Brush!

Hello there!  Today I would like to share with you an altered challenge!  Alter a paint brush!!!  FUN!  Let me tell you!  I SO enjoyed this challenge that our wonderful team member Tracy chose for us!  Here's an excerpt from the eP blog!

Hello everyone, Tracy here today and I am soooo excited to be hosting the eTeam Picks Challenge this month. After much scratching of my head along with oohing and aaahing . . .  the theme I have chosen for you all is - Get your mixed media on with a Paintbrush as your focal point.

Make sure you go to the eP blog and check out the challenge!  All of the rules are listed there!

I decided to use my new Steampunk Spells paper by Graphic45!  I LOVE this stack!  I am going to have to order more before Halloween's over for sure!!!!  I made a Halloween decoration for my house w/ the paint brush!  Normally I have start to finish pictures, but I was in a zone, so I completely forgot to take pictures!  It was a messy adventure with Gel Medium!  That's all I've got to say!  LOL!

So, here is my paint brush as a whole.  I had SO much fun altering this!  

Here's the top (handle).  I added a chain that I threaded through several times to create different lengths.  I cut out a clock, and I used a square clock embellishment from my stash.  The skeleton was in the G45 stack, and I cut it out and sponged around the edges.  The frame was white, then I painted it w/ black Gesso, and then wiped some of it off w/ a baby wipe.  The nice thing about those is that if you wipe too much gesso off, just keep dabbing and you'll get a marble effect!  I sprayed it to seal it so that the paint doesn't wipe off.

And here the closeup of the bottom of the brush.  The bottles are from Tim Holtz.  The red one signifies hearts (cinnamon cookie decorations) and the white one has Gel Medium in it w/ pearls to signify eyeballs in goo.  I thought the gel medium would clear up, but it's staying white.  Darn it! 

The double double.... is cut from the G45 stack.  I discolored it w/ Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The bat is a cut out from the G45 stack as well.  The stick was found in my backyard and I sprayed it black.  The flowers are Heidi Swapp and the come uncolored.  I sprayed them w/ Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini & Black Marble Dylusions sprays.  Once dried, I sponged the edges of the petals w/ Black Soot Distress Ink.
The spiderweb was created free hand using String Gel from Liquitex.

That's it!  I hope that you like what you have seen today, and that I have inspired you to find an old paint brush and bring it back to life!  A new life that you would be proud to hang on your wall or door knob!

Have a lovely day!


  1. Wahhhhhhh...oh my Erin...spooktacular altered brush!!
    I love how you incorporated the spiders web, those teeny tiny bottles of eyeballs and hearts(ADORE) ,the spell and oh my the clocks bat and flowers are totally deeelish!!
    All you girls are blowing me away with your mixed media brushes and I am in love with them all,grinning here.
    Thank you so much for paying along Erin!
    Big hugs
    Tracy xxx

  2. Erin, this is such a cool altered brush. I absolutely love the little vignette you created with so many wonderful details. Love the clocks, the chain, and the bottles of goo and hearts. Great use of the papers from G45 and the amazing spider web. Very very creative. It'll look awesome on your door.

  3. Wow Erin, I just love how you used the brush and the theme you used on it. It turned out absolutely great, and I am going to have try to CASE this. I love it.


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