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The Painted Brush

For mixed media artists, “the world is our canvas” translates to “We use ANYTHING that can be painted, textured, layered, sprayed, stamped and waxed no matter its shape or form.”

Decorated paintbrushes have been around for a few years. I’ve wanted to make one, but really didn’t know where to start. After wasting a fair bit of time, it occurred to me, the same principle applies to starting and creating any project; create one layer at a time.

Altered Paintbrush – Judy Everett

This brush started out as a cheap dollar store paintbrush. Because the handle was some sort of plastic composite, a good coat of white gesso was in order. Gesso is the base coat for most art projects and helps paints and sprays stay put instead of rolling off. When using gesso, make sure you place a good coat on the bristles. The gesso will hold the bristles together as well as create a good base coat for paints and sprays.

Close up of molded embellishments

My newest love is using polymer clay and Prima Marketing moulds (molds) to make embellishments. I used the moulds to make the face, wings and ornamental leaf.

To add color and glimmer, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and then slathered some gold crackle paste on the handle for more texture. Of course I had to use the new Finnabair waxes to add some highlights. Added small beads to give the look of dripping black paint. The focus piece on the leaf came from my stash of old jewelry.

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I’m entering this piece in the Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle  challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

Prima

Finnabair Inspired Tag

When choosing what you like in art, it is always love at first sight. For me, I knew I’d found my love when I watched a YouTube video by Finnabair, AKA Anna Dabrowski in 2012. Finnabair used small “found objects”, the kind of small trinkets you’d find in a junk drawer. She arranged the bits and pieces and then added paints and other textures. The result was inspiring.

In just a couple of years, Finnabair became so popular, she developed her own line of art products, everything you’d need to create mixed media art. This piece is a nod to Finnabair and her influence on my art.

Finnabair Art Tag
Judy Everett- Finnabair Art Tag

Here’s an overview of my “creative” process.

Starting with a large tag, I used Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Acrylic paints, Raven Black Sparks and Fairy Wings, to create the base colors. To get the colors to work together, I placed heavy dots of each color along the top and spritzed water on the paint causing the paint to run together and mix. I did NOT use a brush, I just let the colors run down until the tag was covered. I did use my finger to push color to the edges and empty spots. spoon tag base

Using crackle paste and two of Finnabair’s stencils, Manuscript and Wild Roses, I added some texture and interest.

To add another layer of color, I used Prima’s Soft Teal spray and Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Incandescent Copper to add a little more color and a touch of sparkle.

I made the stars, clock and face using Finnabair’s Moulds. The rustic butterflies are from Finnabair’s 2019 release. The spoon came from my junk drawer.

I’m entering this piece of art in the Frilly and Funkie  “March Madness” challenge inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The broken clock is my nod to the White Rabbit and his race against time.

Also entered in the Love to Create challenge