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Altered Paintbrush - July 2023 Mixed Media Kit

Hey, y’all! I hope everyone has been having a great summer! So long as I can craft, I’m happy!

This week I used the July Mixed Media Kit and put this altered paintbrush together. In addition to the Mixed Media Kit, I used a few flowers from the Scrapbooking Kit, a few mediums from my stash that were from previous Tres Jolie Kits, as well as some previous kits Finnabair Mechanicals.

This really was a rather quick project – with most of the time spent waiting for my crackles to dry. Be sure to check out the video below to get all the details!




The first thing I did was wonder if it was possible to cut the paper mâché heart in half! And it turns out it was relatively easy. I carefully used a craft knife to start a hole at the seam, then I used a small pair of scissors to cut along the seam. With the star cut in half, I started the stacking process, using 3D Matte Gel to hold it all together. After the gel had set up, I added a layer of heavy white gesso, then added my crackle paste and paint.

Once the crackle mediums had dried completely, I started adding my first layer of the Botanical Stains. However, because the stains are water-reactive, I gave my first layer of color a coating of Workable Fixatif so I could add more Botanical Stain layers and create deeper colors.
After the Fixatif had dried, I decided to use some crackle glaze to hold my next layer of colors in place – plus Workable Fixatif is very good at getting liquids to bead up, which made spreading the stains a bit challenging!
After adding my first crackle glaze and Botanical Stains layer, I opted to add a second one! So, in total, I have three layers of stains. The first layer is directly on the gesso, then two more layers with crackle glaze.
The final touches for my altered paintbrush were adding a few flowers, art stones, and some texture powder. I started by deepening the colors of the flowers with the botanical stains, and after they were dry, I added them to the paintbrush. Then it was finally time to use (regular) matte gel to adhere my art stones and texture powder.
Thank you for joining me here on the blog today! I hope you enjoyed my altered paintbrush and it gave you some ideas of what you can create using the July 2023 Mixed Media Kit! Stay Crafty, Friends


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In addition to this month’s Mixed Media Kit and a few flowers from the Scrapbooking Kit (from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

Finnabair “Small Flowers” Mechanicals, Prima “Buttons” Metal Embellishments, Finnabair Heavy White Gesso, Finnabair 3D Matte Gel, Finnabair Platinum Crackle Paste, Finnabair Texture Powder, DecoArt Media White Crackle Paint, DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze, Art Stones, Liquitex Matte Medium, Krylon Workable Fixatif

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