Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop



Thank you for joining us on the Handyman’s Holiday Hop. Make the rounds and be inspired.
The next stop is at Scrappin Granny.

  Anytime you get lost a list of blogs is on D’s Paper Studio.
Debby Lewis D's Paper Studio
Bev Code  Bee Cee Creativity
Peg Rounds Peg's Crafting Corner
Jean Marmo Pages In Time 
Connie Mercer  Crafty Goodies
Joan Borgelt The Gov's Place (you are here)
Colleen Lovette  Scrappin Granny
Roni Johnson Ink Stains
Beth Williams Guest Designer at D's Paper Studio.

 
 
Our “Be Inspired Giftaway” is featured at D’s Paper Studio.  Check out Debby's blog for the details. Four winners will be chosen from the comments on all the blog posts in the Handyman's Holiday Hop. 
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
 
Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company


Heartfelt Creations 


Helmar 


and
 D’s Paper Studio

 


I love creating altered art projects so when Deb from D's Paper Studio asked me to be a part of the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop I was beyond excited!  For me altering a paint brush with a Thanksgiving theme took some thinking ... outside the box.
 

 
1)  I started with a $2.89 3 inch paint brush from Lowe's.




 2) I wanted the bristles removed, nothing a pair of pliers couldn't fix. For this step I enlisted my husbands help.


 
 
 

3)  My process for creating is to gather my paper and embellishments, anything I think I might use.  What will work and what won't ... it's a process of elimination.


 
4) I covered the brush handle with several light coats of white Gesso.


 



5)  I then painted the handle with distress paint, adding layer after layer until I was satisfied with the results.  The hardest part was the waiting for the paint to dry.  That's when the heat gun enters to speed up the drying process.

 



6)  The handle was just to plain for me so I used distress embossing ink and gold embossing powder and stamped on the handle.


 



7) I selected the paper I wanted for the cover and cut it at 2 3/4 inches to fit inside the metal band on the brush handle.

 
 
 


8) To make a match book for the rest of the paper to fit in I scored the cover at 4 3/8 and at 4 5/8 inches.
 

 



9) Then the adventure began to find just the right paper for the insert.  I found a paint chip strip in my stash and some lace along with some burlap and tags that worked perfectly.  I adhered the paper to the cover with liquid glue.

 
 
 

10) I kept the embellishments simple and just added some lace, seam binding ribbon, a flower and my sentiment.















   



 
 

 


 

44 comments:

  1. Joan, I love the matchbook idea. How creative. The handle is wonderful with the embossed stamp. Funny I have that same stamp and love it. Beautiful brush. Thank you, Joan.

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    1. Thanks for the invite to play along!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL altered brush Joan!
    Such a clever and creative design by removing the bristles, such a GORGEOUS handle with pretty goodies tucked inside!
    Thank You for sharing and inspiring!
    TracyM #6773 from Australia

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  3. love your unique take on altering the paint brush.. fabulous colour combo with amazing accents...

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, this was so much fun!

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  4. Great idea to remove the bristles, love the colors.

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  5. What a nifty take on the brush! I love all of the beautiful fall colors and textures. Ya know this gives me an idea I might just have to snag ;) TFS!!

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    1. Thank you and can't wait to see your idea :)

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  6. Love the stamping and the colors...ahhh fall!

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  7. Beautiful! I love how you removed the bristles and how you stamped and embossed the handle! Love it!

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  8. One of a kind !!!! Love how it was created. Full of fall colors and beautiful texture.

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  9. Look at all the dun things you did to this! Love the embossing and colors!

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  10. Such a fun way to display! Very different (and cool)!

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  11. Joan! I love the steps and the fall colors. Great idea!!

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  12. Genius! Your tutorial is perfect. I am definitely going to give your techniques a try. Fabulous job.

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  13. Wow! Ive never thought to remove the brush. What a great idea. It turn out wonderful!!

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  14. Really cool - love how you painted and stamped the base!

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  15. what a fabulous project! Great job!

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  16. How clever to replace the bristles with Paper! I love ❤️ your creativity! Well done!

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  17. Wow Joan! Love what you did with the handle! Wonderful piece of art!

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  18. Thank you for your hard work Joan. You did a great job surprising me with your techniques with the brush. You have been very supportive and I appreciate all you did. I hope to count you among my crafty friends.

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    1. I'll have to say this has been one of my fav blog hops that I have participated in. Thanks Crafty Friend for putting this all together !

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  19. What a beautiful Fall brush !!!! I especially love the texture and colors used in this brush-- my fave part is of course ... the handle its just right! WOnderful job - I do however have a question that may or may not be answered I am looking for a xmas diy thing to make several of as gifts one year I did magnets (2016) then before that bird houses ( loved it ) also one year angels were a big hit so now i want more than just a card . sorry to put more on you im hoping someone has an idea that may be reading idk-- either way thank you so much for all you do and again love that brush!!
    Mindy gail

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    1. Mindy, Do you Pinterest? Lots of easy diy ideas there. I think an altered paintbrush would be a great gift!

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