Friday, August 10, 2018

Life in Color Mixed Media Paintbrush

The mixed media options from Fun Stampers Journey, were one of the first things that drew me towards the company.  I loved creating canvases, and other pieces using a wide variety of products, and seeing all of my favorite things in one place made me happy!  

And then, I really didn't get around to using them much.  Mixed media projects, for all their fun, are a bit more time consuming than cards - just allowing for drying time and clean up, they take a while.  But, I've been itching to work on something, so I pulled out a bunch of supplies and got to work.

This mixed media paintbrush was created using Fun Stampers Journey products, including the Color Pop Stamp Set.  Lots of layering went into creating this fun accent piece that's perfect for display in a studio or craft room.

This mixed media paintbrush was created using Fun Stampers Journey products, including the Color Pop Stamp Set.  Lots of layering went into creating this fun accent piece that's perfect for display in a studio or craft room.
I started out with a paintbrush I had purchased from the dollar store.  Because this had a bit of a glossy finish, I gave the handle a quick sanding, before adding multiple coats of gesso to the handle and finial.  I used my heat gun to dry the gesso a bit quicker in between layers.  After the final layer was dry, I added some modeling paste through a stencil.  I sat that aside for a couple of hours to dry thoroughly, before coming back to use reinkers to dye the bristles of the brush.

I used gloves to keep my hands clean, and started with the yellow ink.  I put a few drops of reinker up where the bristles attach to the brush, and then worked them down the length, adding more reinker as necessary.  Then I moved on to other colors, repeating the process.  When that was done, I set the brush aside, again for a couple of hours, to allow the ink to dry.  I did wind up coming back to that and adding a thin layer of gesso over the top - this both muted the color somewhat, as well as giving the bristles a little more texture for the reinker to dry to.

I covered the bristles with a paper towel to spray the handle.  I layered the Color Splashes, drying with my heat gun between layers, until I was satisfied with the color result.  I then generously sprinkled the whole project - handle and bristles - with sparkle silk.

I heat embossed my sentiment onto vellum and fussy cut it out, and die cut two border strips, as well as a strip of Black Licorice.  I used White Liner tape to adhere the two border pieces together, and then adhere the border around the bottom of the finial.  I added the Black Licorice strip with the white liner as well.  Then I attached my sentiment using liquid glue.

This mixed media paintbrush was created using Fun Stampers Journey products, including the Color Pop Stamp Set.  Lots of layering went into creating this fun accent piece that's perfect for display in a studio or craft room.

Before moving on to further embellishment, I spread a thick line of craft glue on my work surface, and then ran the bottom portion of the bristles back and forth through the glue a few times.  Then I carefully sprinkled the sparkle dust over the glue, and knocked off the excess.  I laid the brush down to dry, and attached the Fashion Gold pieces, along with the ribbon to the handle and flowers.  After the glue had dried, I came back with my blending brush and some silks, to add a bit of messy color to the flowers.  Once the whole piece had dried overnight, I again knocked off the excess sparkle dust, in order to help keep the glitter fallout to a minimum.

This mixed media paintbrush was created using Fun Stampers Journey products, including the Color Pop Stamp Set.  Lots of layering went into creating this fun accent piece that's perfect for display in a studio or craft room.

This was a super fun project.  One thing I love with mixed media is how your project changes with each added layer.  And each project is unique.  Even using the exact same products, each person creating will have a slightly different result.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,                    

Supplies Used:
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Stamps: 
Color Pop Stamp Set SS-0613

Inks:
Candy Apple True Color Fusion Re-Inker RI-0001, Huckleberry Fusion True Color Fusion Re-Inker RI-0012, Lemon Drop True Color Fusion Re-Inker RI-0026, Limeade Splash True Color Fusion Re-Inker RI-0025, Grape Fusion True Color Fusion Re-Inker RI-0033, Citrus Cooler True Color Fusion Re-Inker RI-0047, Clear Pigment Ink Pad IP-0102, Gold Embossing Powder IP-0101, Sparkle Silk IP-0126, Cool Pool Color Splash IP-0076, Lemongrass Color Splash IP-0078, Shimmer Gold Color Splash IP-0081, Blue Lagoon Color Splash IP-0084, Cranberry Bliss Silk IP-0094, Gold Silk IP-0096, Turbo Teal Silk IP-0119

Papers:
Lemongrass 8.5" x 11" Card Stock CS-0019, Black Licorice 8.5" x 11" Card Stock CS-0003, Journey Vellum PP-0044

Media:
Journey Gesso JM-0072, Journey Modeling Paste JM-0073, Vintage Screen Stencil JM-0002, Spatula TO-0089

Embellishments:
Journey Sparkle Dust AC-0013, Sweet Blooms AC-0329, Gingham Ribbon Black Licorice AC-0096, Fashion Gold AC-0292

Tools:
Border Basics Die Set DI-0144, Journey Platinum Machine TO-0090,  Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer TO-0039, Crease Tool TO-0040, Detail Pro Shears (4.5") TO-0063, Heat Gun TO-0083, Journey Blending Brush - Large TO-0099

Adhesives:
White Liner Tape AD-0001, Journey Craft Glue AD-0111

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