Sunday, February 17

Altered Brush Project and Simon Says Stamp "messy" challenge

I had the opportunity to get together with some art friends for the day to play and alter a paint brush. What fun, as you shall see! I also thought this would be a good example of a messy project (although I will admit, most of mine are) to submit for the Simon Says challenge here.
Not sure which side I like better? Any thoughts?
So, if you know me and what I like to create, you saw it coming that I would choose a steampunk theme for my brush. Started with a bit of gesso on the brush...
Next, apply tissue paper with gel medium. I found a disposable plate worked great to hold it, so air could flow under also.
Layer on a lot of flat fussy cut elements.
More fussy cut elements, and I went over with gel medium as I went.
Now for the fun...adding in, gears, pocket watch, twine...
Love those flying pigs! Added distress ribbon I made awhile ago.
Layering it up with keys, gears, flowers,light bulb...
Feathers, butterflies, transparency head, watches, metal...lovin' this! I admit, I had a hard time stopping adding layers and embellishments, and may have overdone this one...time will tell I guess.
I wanted to share what each of us created with the same paintbrush. I love how unique they are, and how they reflect their creator.

What a great play day, and so much fun! Dig into the workbench and see if you can find a paintbrush to alter! Be sure to share with us if you do!


  1. Sorry I missed all the fun, it looks like everyone had a good time creating.

    Also I just want to let you know I received the magazine I won from you both, I have gone thru it again and again. It has inspired me to redo my art room. I will post pics when I have completed it.
    Thank you both.

  2. Maura, how totally awesome!!! I love all of the detail and dimension you achieved. Also love that you showed the other brushes from your friends :)

  3. Holy cow wow!!! This paint brush takes the perverbial paint! AMAZING! There is so much to see! Love all the G45 elements! Thank you for playing along with our messy challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  4. If I had to pick a side [which is hard to do] I guess I would have to pick the flying pigs.....I must tell you that you are right up there with the best when it comes to steampunk - no one does it as well as you!!! Love it!

  5. Stunning, stunning makes, absolutely fabulous!! LOVE IT!

  6. Wow this is amazing! Love those altered paintbrushes! You really went all out with them! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra


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