Tuesday, June 25, 2013

An Altered Paintbrush

I've been swapping all sorts of unique altered arts with An Altered Place for quite sometime now, but altering a paintbrush was a first! I went to Pinterest to get some ideas, but my motivation turned out to be some awesome multi-colored trim I found at Hancock Fabrics. Once I figured out where (and how) I wanted to use it for the brush, it was nothing but fun!

I painted the handle purple, then colored some small white ric-rac with Copic markers to match the trim and ran it across the sides of the brush (hard to see). I think my favorite part was coloring the bristles. Copics will color almost anything! I just separated the brush in sections and colored to match the trim. I cut "TEE" out using Schoolbook font with Make The Cut and my Cricut. I used Paper Glaze on the "charms" to give them better stability.

 I added circles to the top of each letter to form a charm, then ran the letters through very thin white ribbon. "Tee", you ask? Well, she was my swap partner and I really wanted to personalize it just for her! Liquid pearls gave a polka-dot effect to the handle and the butterfly and lavender roses added just the right touch of "girly" to my brush.

Supplies Used:
Wal-Mart: 3" brush with white bristles, white ribbon, white ric-rac, purple paint
Micheal's: Lavender roses, white cardstock, lavender glitter (on butterfly), Liquid Pearls, Paper Glaze
Hancock Fabrics: Multi-colored trim
Joy Crafts: Butterfly Die Cut
Copic Markers

Tee's festive brush is entered in the following challenges:

The Crazy Challenge: CCH#148 - Anything But a Card
 Southern Girls Challenge: "Give it an Upper Cut and Punch it out (butterfly die cut)
Everybody Art Challenge #242 - "Butterfly"
Heck of a Challenge: "Bingo" (Flowers, Die-Cut, Pearls)
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #13 - Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #216 - Lavender, Turquoise, and Pink


  1. Great project! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  2. So cute! Made me mile. You did a great job coloring those bristles. I haven't used Copics, but I want to try them. I haven't lived in TN since 1987 :-( Born and raised there, but moved after college. I'm in So Cal now. My brother still lives outside of Knoxville.

  3. This would make painting the house so much fun - fab project .. love the coloured bristles
    Thanks for joining us at Heck of a challenge this month
    Lisa x

  4. WOW! what a fabulous job you've done with this paintbrush. Your swap partner is going to love it. And I can see our inspiration cupcakes in it. thanks for playing with us at Cupcake Inspirations, come back for our new challenge.

  5. Lovely creation, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen