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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.

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March Madness – Art Journal Page

I am a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I graduated from the University of Kentucky. I bleed blue. So, how in the world did I end up using LSU (Louisiana State University) colors in my art journal? 
I spent the day trying to come up with colors for my art journal. I had an idea of a couple of elements I wanted to use, a window frame die cut, some sand texture paste, and a picture of the desert. I was listening to the pre-game show on the radio as I pondered. Kentucky’s opponent – LSU. LSU colors, purple, gold white. Painted desert. The LSU colors fit perfectly. 

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I used my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blackberry Cordial and Fully Purple), Chalkboard (Bittersweet and Pot o’ Gold), and Plain Jane Baseboard (Gravel) sprays to create the background. I mixed a little of the Plain Jane Baseboard Gravel in to the modeling paste and used a stencil to create more texture to the pages. I used the Bittersweet and Pot o’ Gold to dye the crinkle ribbon and hand stitched the ribbon on to a piece of burlap scrap. 

The doodling in the right corner is original, something I started as a part of the Wanderlust classes I’m taking. The other images sprinkled around are a rubber stamp from my collection. 
I covered the window die cut in sand texture paste. After the texture paste dried, I added a little color to the sand with the Gravel spray. Glued the window to my picture. 

It felt disloyal to use an opposing team’s colors, but on this night, UK beat LSU to clinch the second seed in the SEC tournament. Go Big Blue! And LSU, thanks for inspiring me to use your school colors. 

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New Year, New Attitude

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I don’t make New Year Resolutions. I have made resolutions in the past, but it was more of a nod to peer pressure, an answer to “What are your New Year Resolutions?” So I made a few frivolous resolutions that even though weren’t really serious, I still felt like a failure when I didn’t follow through. 

This year is different. No, I’m not making New Year Resolutions but I am copping a new attitude. 
 
I’ve been in a pretty low place most of 2015 and especially since early November. I’ve let things get under my skin. I’ve let negativity invade my life. I’ve been angry about things that were out of my control. 

Some things I won’t be able to change. I’ve been a paraplegic for 39 years. Aching shoulders and lower back pain make using my wheelchair more difficult. Things don’t come as easy for me as they did 15 years ago. Simply picking something up off the floor is a three-step-process. Getting a shower and dressing take about 30 minutes longer than it did 3 or 4 years ago. The thing that bothers me the most, I’M NOT THAT OLD. I can’t de-age and I can’t stand the thought of any more surgeries. 

2016 is a time for me take control of my thoughts. Time to find the courage I seem to have misplaced. To find the positive attitude that evaded me for most of 2015. It is a time for a new attitude.  
 
Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And to myself, “Welcome back Judy! You may have momentary setbacks or even days of lapsing in to frustration, but you will find your way.”  

I created this tag using a combination of Artistic Outpost stamps (Picture Star set), Prima flowers, and Tim Holtz die cuts and embossing folders.