Ready, Get set, DESTASH! Art Journal Page: Funnel

If you don’t have leftover letter stickers raise your hands! No one?! we all have them. I have sheets of letter stickers from years ago just taking up space. I can’t spell any words because I’m only left with Z, X and maybe a D or two and it really annoys me. So I challenged myself to come up with using some of them! I used them as masks! Stuck them randomly on an art journal spread in a funnel shape, covered them with some gesso and Gelatos and created an amazing background. Then I added some more letters and sentences with a black pen. I wrote my journaling on the bottom of the page in an upside funnel shape. This art journal page is a representation of what’s going on in my brain. This is how I feel when everything is turning up there and concentrates to one amazing creative idea! It’s a funny process that works like a …

WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH OLD TOYS

  Inside: a cool way to repurpose old plastic toys and use them to make a configuration box   I’m a sentimental person and it’s hard for me to let go of things, especially if they remind me of good tikes. So when I had to get rid of some old plastic toys because my boys grew out of them I wanted to find something to do with them instead of throwing them or giving them away. I couldn’t keep all of the toys so I did end up giving them away, but I kept a few for a craft idea I had – use them in a configuration box.     WHY REPURPOSE OLD TOYS   Plastic is not good for the environment and you what to do what you can to help. You don’t like throwing things away. You have unused, broken toys that you can’t really give away in the condition they’re in. The children are out …

Altered Steampunk Wood Frame

One of the things I decide to do this year is use things in my stash, upcycle and alter. I have too many things cluttering up my little studio and finding new ways to use things that I have is not only challenging my creative mind, which is a good thing, but also declutters my room. For this steampunk frame I used an old wood frame that I started about 6 years ago, yes…I had it for 6 years! Altering a wooden frame is easy – all you need to do is prime it and then embellish! I gave it a steampunk look with all kinds of embellishments that I have in my stash. The idea behind steampunk is a combination of industrial and victorian. That means you need to combine industrial looking things like cogwheels, pipe parts and hinges with more soft romantic things like flowers, buttons and keys. Some of the things I used are: cogwheels, clock parts, …

Hanukkah Altered CD Mini Album

Every year I create a Hanukkah mini album for the holiday photos and every year it stays empty. however this year i made a promise to myself to add all the photos!The mini album is created from CD’s in red and yellow colors which are two important elements that need explaining.   Many Jewish holidays revolve around eating specific, traditional foods: matzah for Passover, hamentaschen for Purim and challah bread for Shabbat. On Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple that miraculously lasted eight days when it was only enough for one.Accordingly, Hanukkah celebrations revolve around the miracle of oil and the menu features fried foods (not very healthy I know). Crispy fried potato pancakes take center stage at the beginning of a Hanukkah dinner, and in Israel and elsewhere, jelly donuts, called sufganiyot, are the most popular Hanukkah food. Both foods have round shape like a CD which makes it perfect for a Hanukkah mini …

Steampunk Desk Organizer

Don’t throw away empty food packages or tp rolls…use them to create something new and useful! I used mine to create a steampunk desk organizer for some new brushes, aquarelle pencils and other supplies.                   I started with covering all the boxes and tp rolls with paper. I used several patterns that have a steampunk vintage look. The best way to cover something with paper is to use Mod Podge. Just use a brush to apply it. after everything was completely dry I painted the inside with black acrylic and added a nice washi tape border.                           I assembled all the parts gluing them together to create the desk organizer. Then it was time to embellish! I added steampunk theme metal embellishments like gears, screws, cogwheels and more. I also added other embellishments that looked good with the general theme. …

Faux Leather TP mini Album – THE PAGES!

WOW!! I got so many amazing responses. Thank you! I’m so happy you liked this mini album as much as I did. Wasn’t it really fun and easy to make? Well…after much anticipation here comes the second part…THE PAGES! We’ll venture into these beautiful pages and learn how to create them one by one! Let’s get started! This album is full of interactive surprises. Pockets, flaps and more… as well as handmade embellishments that will take your breath away. Some of the work is delicate and requires patience but believe me, it’s worth it!   Since TP rolls are already pockets, that part is rather easy. All you need for this part is to add tags. I used scraps of paper from Tim Holtz papers to create the tags. To embellish the tags I add a cogwheel or sticker to each one. The most challenging pages were the corset opening page and the butterfly embellishment page. They took a long time …

Mixed Media Altered Paintbrush

I’ve been wanting to alter a paintbrush for awhile but I just never found the right one. All the paintbrushes I could find always seemed to be too small. I wanted a big paintbrush so I can treat it like a canvas and so a mixed media creation on it. Well… I finally found one, or my husband did. A 6″ paintbrush with a wooden handle (much easier to paint than plastic)…what a joy! I wanted to create a colorful, happy scene with lots of flowers and give it a homey feeling by adding a white picket fence and a street light. I started with covering the paintbrush with gesso and then stenciled the entire surface of the paintbrush including the bristles. Then I colored it with spray paints creating a multi colors textured background. I added the fence and the street light and embellished with layers of many bright colored flowers. I also added more textured with cheesecloth and lace …

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