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I’m in Donna Downey’s Bathroom!!!

…no really!!!  Well, my art work is!  I participated in Donna’s amazing Altered Brush Project!  What has her bathroom got to do with you ask?!  Well, at Donna Downey Studios, Donna wanted her bathroom walls to look as amazing as her gallery walls…thus was born the Altered Brush Project.  To find out more about it visit her blog SIMPLY ME.  My brush is on her blog post today, Pinterest and in her bathroom!!!


The photo of my son is a black and white copy that I transfered with multi-medium to sticky-back canvas.


I painted the raw wood of the brush handle with black gesso and did some sanding in areas.  I then layered on top of the sanded gesso with acrylic paint and randomly placed rub-on letters.


I rusted the metal band around the brush, painted dash lines and added twill.  I altered the chipboard frame by applying seed beeds and clear gems.  I painted the gems with acrylic paint.  I really am happy with the looked I achieved with the painted gems.  They look like they have lost some of their shine over the years and I think that works with the piece.

DSCN1096Thank you so much Donna Downey for this opportunity!!!  I really enjoyed creating  this piece and I am so thrilled to be a part of this project!

Please leave  any questions about how I made this altered brush in the comments and I will leave a reply ASAP.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by and I do(!!) appreciate all the lovely comments!!!


Let Your Ideas Take Flight

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been scribbling  down ideas for posts everywhere.  I write them in my daily journal, my sketch pad, that little note pad in my purse, post-it notes, and basically on any scrap of paper I can find.  So, I decided to create a blog ideas journal to bring the chaos to order!

 I started with a composition book that I purchased at Target for under a dollar.  Then I began to adhere my background paper.  I decided to use gel medium instead of a tape runner, because I wanted this journal to be really durable.  But…I didn’t use just any gel medium,  I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium in matte from Ranger!!  Love this stuff!!!  This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m so impressed…it works like a dream.  I have been using another brand for years that I purchase at the art store, but it does not compare.  With the multi-medium your papers and elements lay down flat.  I had like two small bubbles, in which I pushed down for a few seconds with my brush and then put more multi-medium on top and presto…flat as a pancake!!  Also, it dries completely clear…yay!  I had problems with white streaks with the other brand.  Okay, I’m  through gushing, but it is so great to find a product that works and makes creating even more fun! 

 I used the same background paper on the back, called daily news by BasicGrey.  I was pleasantly surprised with the list of bird names in red, since I used the cute birdie stickers on the front from Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit from HSN.  I love when  unplanned things like that happen, which seem to bring a project togther.  It feels like a little bit of magic!

   It’s all in the details…  I cut the yellow and white dotted wavy line (that runs behind the typewriter) from leftover sticker background paper from Claudine Hellmuth’s Super Swell Scrapbook kit from HSN.  I added doodling across the blue polka dotted paper and added dotted lines on the red border strips and other areas on the journal with a marker.  I used the multi-medium to adhere all the elements, including the washi tape and the stickers.  Lastly, I put a final coat of multi-medium over the entire journal, including the spine, so I can take it on my everyday travels with no worries that anything is going come away or apart.

Even though I may still scribble down blog ideas on scraps of paper, at least I’ll have a place to tape them into.  Now, I won’t have to look through all my various note pads, etc. before I begin to create a new post.  Yay!!!

Supplies:  Composition book: Target; Pattern paper: BasicGrey, Claudine Hellmuth’s Holly Jolly Holiday and welcome to swellsville card making kits; Stickers: Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers, Holly Jolly Holiday,  Super Swell Scrapbook kits; Washi Tape: K&Company Smash; Rub-ons: Claudine Hellmuth’s Rub-On O Rama kit; Marker: Sharpie; Gel Medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium.