Thursday, August 22, 2013

eTeam Picks Challenge - Mixed Media Paintbrush


 Hello everyone, Tracy here today and I am soooo excited to be hosting the eTeam Picks Challenge this month. 

 After much scratching of my head along with oohing and aaahing . . .  the theme I have chosen for you all is - 

Get your mixed media on with a Paintbrush as your focal point.
 { List of materials with links at the end of this post } 
All the details for participating in the challenge are listed below, so be sure to scroll through and check it out . . . plus you could win $15 to spend in the amazing eP store..woohoo!! 

 My first attempt at a 
She Art Paintbrush 
inspired by Christy Tomlinson 
which started life something like this . . .
 Every She Art girl should have some pretty hair, don`t you think?
Soooo what to do,hmmm . . .
I pondered a while and then glimpsed my every trusty heat tool and wondered what would happen if I used it on the bristles.
Oh my giddy aunt I love the new look bristles . . .as you heat the bristles { not too close } with the Heat tool they start to wriggle and squiggle plus get thicker.
If you over heat they do get fragile so if you try this be really careful, but you will find it soooo fascinating to watch!!!
My shed does carry a slight smell of burning, lol so make sure your area is well ventilated as well.
 The hair is done, time to get on with the base -
a light sanding all over followed by roughly applied Gesso and an Adirondack Paint Dabber, I kinda like this look but you could go smooth.
I started painting in hair using a mixture of watercolors and Distress inks until I was happy.
Here`s a more detailed shot.
I used some Pan Pastels to give a tint of color to her face, now I have a wee confession to make-
I did try and give her a face but by this time the paintbrush had taken on a life of her own and was having none of it,lol and pleeease could I do something more with her hair?
Dumdedumdedum . . . a few beautiful flowers, then some rusty wire was curled and then no She Art of mine would be complete without a HEART . . .
But still she wanted more . . .
In my first ever design team package from Kim was and is one of my favourite stamp sets by Wendy Vecchi { looooove } so out came an ink pad, loaded the stamp and stamped away followed by snip, snip,snip popping into place using a hot glue gun.
 See the shimmer . . . I used a clear embossing pad and a little Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powder to give her a little Glitz to keep her happeeee.
Next a little more watercolor on the handle to match the flowers, a little trim for her collar and another sentiment from my favourite Wendy Vecchi stamps on a recycled tag.
This sentiment pretty much sums all us crafters up from around the globe!

Now it`s over to you . . . go on, go get your crafty hat on and have some fun.

  The eTeam Picks Challenge is held on the third Thursday of each month and each challenge is an opportunity for you to be inspired by one of our eTeam’s creations and to be entered into our challenge prize drawing!
The eTeam Picks Challenge is all about inspiration and having fun!  During each challenge one of the eTeam members will share a topic, word, technique, sketch, or product that will become the foundation for your creation.  This challenge is all about mixing it up and just enjoying the creative process of feel free to share a journal page, card, scrapbook project, mini album….Anything goes!  We want to see your work and hear about your inspiration!   
All of those who play along with our challenge will be entered into a prize drawing for a $15.00 gift certificate to the eclectic Paperie store.
So grab your supplies and play along! 
 Here are a few things to keep in mind for this challenge…
-You do not have to use products sold in the eP store…but we do love it when you do!
-Share a direct link to your creation, not just your blog, using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post.  If, for any reason, the Linky Tools doesn’t cooperate, please add a link in the Comments section of the blog.
-When uploading to any online galleries, please use any of the following keywords; eP, eclectic Paperie or eTeam Pick Challenge.  Link your creations to the eP blog.
-If you’d like to be considered as one of our featured projects and be entered into our prize drawing, please be sure to add your link no later than 6pm EST on Thursday  September 26th.

Supplies from the eP Store -

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso  
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Snow Cap 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Gathered Twigs , Frayed Burlap , Vintage Photo , Black Soot
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stamp Sets - woohoo Kim has loads, go check them out!! 
Idea Ology Sanding Grip Block
Pan Pastels

15 comments:

ParkNSlide said...

Love the humor in the tag and who knew you could turn paint brush bristles into a hairdo?

toni said...

Sitting in our camper van on a Rather damp campsite in Edinburgh and smiling from ear to ear at your altered Paintbrush! I love it The curly hair is genius she is full of personality ! x

Bonnie Irvine said...

Holy cow! Your she art altered paintbrush is fabulous and fun. I love the effect of the heatgun on the bristles. I envy her pretty flowers and heart nestled in the curls. The words you have added make me smile. I had such fun with this challenge. Thanks Tracy.

lilscrappers said...

hahaha, I love it! I have a grungy paint brush that I was going to throw out, but look what I could do! Loving her!

Kim said...

Over the moon excited about your project, Tracy! I can't believe how you created this like a girl with very cool hair...just amazing!!

Julie Short said...

Oh Tracy what wonderful FUN!Super Stars brushes will not be safe again!

Colleen said...

Tracy,
This is adorable. The hair is amazing and all the details make me smile.

Mickie said...

Have one of those old paint brushes, think I'm going to try this. So cute!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is amazing, such fun and so inventive! The funny thing is, she doesn't need features as she still has a character all her own. I worry for my husband now, as it's another thing for me to steal off him,

Lucy x

Micki said...

OMG, I love the hair. Unbelievable that the heat gun did that. Look absolutely awesome!!!!! She is a wonderful She Art Paint Brush.

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous!! That hair is amazing and I love the quote!

Tracy said...

Thank yooou for your lovely comments ladies and I am loving the altered brushes woohoo!!
Xxxx

Annmaree (Emu) said...

Such a wonderful creative and interesting challenge! love it wonderful Tracy! xoxox

SandyD said...

Lovely challenge. Looking forward to the next one.Sandy

butterfly said...

Tee hee - what an amazing experiment with the bristles, and what a brilliant result! Such a fun challenge, and an astounding inspirational piece, Tracy.
Alison x