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    Altered Paintbrush Swap – Due May 14

    Due date: May 14, 2022
    Sign up/withdraw: No deadline, just communicate
    Number of art pieces: 3/3
    Number of players: Unlimited
    Medium: Open/Mix

    ~ Altered Paintbrush Swap ~
    Do you love mix media & paintbrushes? Then this swap is for you!

    Object: Create mix media art on top of a large bristle paint brush --> the type used for larger projects/paint walls. ANY SIZE. I found mine at the Dollar Tree.

    Think of the paintbrush as your canvas. You may paint directly on them and turn into a mix media masterpiece by adding chucky elements, household items, clay pieces, fabric, twine, silk flowers, quotes… use paint, gesso, ink… any medium you like. Make sure to use a strong adhesive (gel medium, hot glue, E6000, etc.) to adhere items to the front of the brush. These are meant to be hung / placed on display, so please avoid using chunky elements on the back.
    Open theme: Create anything you like!

    Find inspiration on Google images, or on YouTube. Search: Altered Paintbrush

    Please share your artwork. This is a fun way to inspire others.

    Include: swap name, date, your username, and location to the back of each brush.

    Mailing:
    • Send art that you are proud of.
    • Wrap each piece individually and place in a secured bubble envelope, or box with bubble wrap. If possible, I will reuse the same mailing material.
    • Include a LARGE return address label (clearly written / typed).
    • Postage: Include the same amount of postage in US dollars for your returns. For US participants, this may be $5 (or more) depending on package size. Players (both US and International) may also send postage payment to my PayPal account (send private message for info). If there are issues with postage, don't worry! Just send me a private message and I will help cover the cost.
    • Write your username and swap name to the outside of the package.
    • Send a private message for my mailing address. I recently moved; make sure to ask for my address. Once sent, post to this thread so I may keep a lookout.

    Rep and iTrader: A lot of time goes into creating this art. Please make sure to show gratitude by leaving rep points for the art received (you rock button), and an iTrader for me – your hostess.
    Extra postage or hostess gift is appreciated but not required.

    Ready to play? Sign up by posting to this thread.

    Participants:
    1. Miss Fame - Received
    2. ...
    3. chimerix - Received
    4. Prex - Received
    5. theweavershand - Received
    6. catladybj - Received
    7. …
    8. Nanner - Received
    9. ...
    10. ...
    11. Laffqueen - Received
    12. Arc2dreams - Received
    13. CiCiCreates - Received
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    Example from Google images:
    Last edited by Miss Fame; 05-17-2022 at 02:00 PM.
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    Here is an example that I made, mermaid theme.

    I began by covering the entire brush with white gesso. Wrapped the handle in twine. Made clay elements (mermaid tail, shells, fish) and attached with gel medium. Added rolled paper towel, small glass stones for extra texture. Painted with metallic paint (front and back). Added sequins and message.
    Included a chain at the top with a small container of mermaid wishes

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    That’s fantastic, Shannon! You really are the sculpting queen! This looks really fun, I saw so many great examples on Pinterest. I will lurk for just a bit before signing up . Great idea!
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    Thank you CiCi! I’ve been wanting to host this swap for 6 months now. Figured it was time to post, and see if anyone else would like to join the fun. Hope you return.
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    I'm in!!!
    Oui..I love Paris.

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    Thanks for the invite. I'm going to lurk a bit right now and see what happens. Have you contacted Nanner and ArtJunkie? I think they might be interested. I have to say that those examples are rocking it. What size brush? 3" or 4" wide?

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    Well, when I saw the invite I was all like ????? But now that I've seen the mermaid one you made, I super want to play!!

    Please sign me up.
    I'm always up for one-on-one trades. Just private message me!

    Aloha, Chimerix

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    Welcome to the paintbrush party Bluesky and chimerix

    I'm over the top excited you both joined! Woohoo!
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    Thank you for the invite!!!
    This is certainly intriguing but so outta my comfort zone! But I love the idea of trying it! Your example is beautiful!!!
    I'd like to lurk for a bit and see what I can maybe do...

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    Miss Trina and zhouzhou welcome to the lurkers lounge. Hope you both join!! Nanner and ArtJunkie have been invited too. Want this party to be filled with the most fabulous of the fabulous!

    The mermaid brush I created is only 2" wide.

    I picked up a mix of sizes, including this 2 pack from the Dollar Tree that are 3" and 1.5"

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    I’d love to join
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    Thanks so much for the invite! I'd love to play!

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    Me,me,me! Even if I didn't get an invite! : )
    So are you wanting them to be 2 in wide?
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    Lurking but very interested
    "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein
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    If I comment on your work it means I'd love to trade.

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    Lurking

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    ☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆ Welcome! ☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

    Thank you so much Prex theweavershand and catladybj for joining! I'm doing a happy dance!


    NIK and Laffqueen, hope you both return.
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    The brush size is entirely up to you. I found a few different sizes at the dollar store from 1.5" to 3".

    My mermaid example is on a 2" wide brush. Personally, I like this size and will most like continue using the 2".


    Quote Originally Posted by catladybj View Post
    So are you wanting them to be 2 in wide?
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    lurking.... I think I have some wide brushes already.

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    Please add me to your player list. I've never altered a paint brush.

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    I found 4 brushes that will work. But I need to finish my torn paper cards and the distress oxide ones. And maybe the Trash to treasure ones.
    Good thing I am retired and still hiding out from crowds.

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