Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mixed Media Altered Paintbrush

I've been wanting to alter a paintbrush for awhile but I just never found the right one. All the paintbrushes I could find always seemed to be too small. I wanted a big paintbrush so I can treat it like a canvas and so a mixed media creation on it. Well... I finally found one, or my husband did. A 6" paintbrush with a wooden handle (much easier to paint than plastic)...what a joy!

I wanted to create a colorful, happy scene with lots of flowers and give it a homey feeling by adding a white picket fence and a street light.

I started with covering the paintbrush with gesso and then stenciled the entire surface of the paintbrush including the bristles. Then I colored it with spray paints creating a multi colors textured background. I added the fence and the street light and embellished with layers of many bright colored flowers. I also added more textured with cheesecloth and lace I colored with the same sprays.

Altered projects are so much fun and it just goes to show you never throw anything away because you never know what your creative mind will come up with!
Do you have any fun ideas to reuse old unwanted things?

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Have fun creating!


  1. Great video Looks like so much fun. Must find an old big paint brush or too, These would make awesome gifts too. So happy to enjoy another Saturday morning with you, Thank you for sharing. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Lovely brush! I love laterns, great idea :)

  3. love this project and the rain man with the umbrella in blue. Plus the Technique
    corner, Would love a chance to win any of your wonderful prizes.... Rose Guerin/ rosebudinnh