Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop~

HI guys!!! 
Thanks for joining us for the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop
Make the rounds and be inspired!
The challenge put before us was to alter a paint brush.  I've never tried that :) kinda of scary too.
But here we go. Hope you enjoy!!

I had such a fun time creating this.  I started out going in one direction and turned out doing completely different techniques and using different colors.  I wanted a shabby chic look and I think I accomplished that.
Gesso handle and then paint with color.

I used stencils and modeling paste to create texture on the handle. I added different colors of modeling paste, with my fingers, rubbing it into the grooves of the brush.  I kept doing this until I achieved the "look" I wanted.  You know the one~ when you say , that's it!!!

I wanted this altered paint brush to double as a pin board.  So I kept that in mind while
 I was creating. I needed a way to display the brush because I wouldn't be using the
 handle as a hanger (it would be upside down).
I came up with this~

 This is the way I will display my altered brush.  I can change out the photo but I really love this one. I "give thanks" for them every day. Such a blessing to us!!

 And here is a closeup of the embellishment collage~
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink was used to shade the leaves and the "6" embellishment showcased on the front of the altered paint brush.  I used Helmar 450 to adhere the elements.

Products used:
DecoArt / gesso, modeling paste, paint.
Viva/modeling creme (orange, gold and cream color)
Stencils: Crafters Workshop, Clear Scraps.
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks
Tim Holtz
Buttons Galore & More (in jar)
Maya Road/Ken Oliver embellishments 

Next stop is Joan Borgelt ~ The Gov's Place.
If you get lost you can return to hop by going to D's Paper Studio.
You can see the "Be Inspired Giftaway" (prize pack) at D's Paper Studio.
Four winners will be chosen from all the comments, on all the blogs, along the hop.
 Winners will be drawn via and announced on Tuesday, October 10th
 at D's Paper Studio.
A BIG Thank You to all of our our awesome Sponsors ~

Quick Quotes, Heartfelt Creations, Helmar and D's Paper Studio.
Thanks for stopping by~


  1. Connie, you knocked this one out of the ballpark! I love the texture and colors. Leave it to you to add the wonderful photo of you and your family for a Thanksgiving brush. Heartwarming and beautiful. Thank you, Connie.

  2. DELIGHTFUL brush Connie!
    LOVE your colours and textures, love that you can use it all year long too! Having it stand in the buttons means that you will get to visit it for supplies all year long as well, enjoying it all the more :)
    Thank You for sharing and inspiring!
    TracyM #6773 from Australia

  3. That is soooo cool!!! Love love love it!

  4. OMG love the rustic rich colour combo. It's stunning

  5. Love the end result and what a great idea of using a stencil.

  6. Very cool - love that you turned your brush into a "holder" with the pins. So very elegant and pretty!

  7. Wow wow wow!! This turned out amazing! I loveeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. What an amazing idea using the give thanks and the photo...beautifully done.

  9. WOW, this is gorgeous! All the details are amazing and I love how you're displaying it!

  10. So elegant! love how you turned it around. Gorgeous details!

  11. Wow! Just WOW! Love the "antiqueness" of this piece. As per usual, You have knocked it out of the park! So beautiful...

  12. Fabulous. So creative. Love it.

  13. Amazing Connie! Hard to believe your beautiful creation started out as just an old paint brush.

  14. Fantastic idea! I love the vintage look you gave it!

  15. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this. The whole concept is brilliant.So impressed how you used the stencil on the handle. I have to give that a try. Something very similar going to be my dil's Christmas present.

  16. Well this is neat!
    The texture is great
    and fun way to display
    Carla from Utah

  17. Very awesome!!! Love the mixed media feel. All the textures and colors are wonderful!!!

  18. Stunning! Love all the metallics - just really beautiful!!

  19. Super nice! Love all the details on your amazing project!

  20. This is just my style. Great job!!

  21. Love your brush!!!! Love all the textures and design!

  22. Wow! Love the shabby chic look, but I always have a hard time doing it. You rocked it!

  23. This is gorgeous Connie!!! I love the texture and metallic accents! Really fabulous vintage style! Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

  24. Wow! I love this - you are so creative

  25. Connie, my friend, you inspire me everyday but in more than craft. Thanks for being a friend, advisor and crafty genius. You made the hop better than I could imagine.

  26. Connie, I am new to this but I am feeling more and more insprired by each blog --- your brush is different and that is the main reason i like it so much! Love that photo of your family and the colors are so earthy! Great way to add texture also -- You definatly have a gift take care!


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