Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Holiday Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Christmas in July Blog Hop. The team is sharing a variety of winter holiday inspired projects on the hop this month.

I spied this old paintbrush at the Flea Market about 2 months ago and I have been holding onto it for a special project. 

I decided my old paintbrush would be the perfect surface to create a rustic Christmas decoration to be hung on the wall during the holiday.

I painted the handle with white acrylic paint to make the images pop.  I stamped the images onto tissue paper using Ranger Archival ink. I tore out the images.  I then applied watered down glue to the back of the tissue paper. I placed it onto the painted background and brushed glue water over the surface.  I started with Father Christmas first and then added the house and trees on the right and the trees on the left.  I added the snowflakes up the brush handle.

I added a piece of lace trim across the bottom with twine and several glittery silver bells.  I then tied on a bow to the handle with a stamped Joyeux Noel using black ink on white cardstock. I cut the tag and attached with twine to the bow.

The sets used include: Midwinter, Snowy Woods, and Sleigh Ride.

Hop over to check out the rest of the cool holiday projects by the design team:

Thanks for stopping by! 



  1. Pinned!! Love this Suzz. What a great piece to decorate with at Christmas. Gorgeous!! -- Mary Elizabeth

  2. What a fun piece of art! Love how you decorated this ol' brush!

  3. What a clever upcycled project! Love the combination of images with Santa right in the center! Don't you just love tissue paper?

  4. Lovely piece of decor, Suzz. The white and black reminds me of a country Christmas. Love those stamps you used.

  5. Fantastic home decor piece Suzz, very clever alternative idea for a decoration. Love how you have used the images. The white really does make the images pop. Tracy x x

  6. Gorgeous!The lace is such a pretty accent. There's so much old stuff in my Dad's garage I'm sure I'll find some old brushes. Can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. oh - so cool Sue. what a fabulous Christmas decoration that will be. It's beautfully put together.

  8. This is great Suzanne...gorgeous altered brush!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  9. Your paintbrush Christmas decoration is brilliant! Love Santa here!

  10. Fabulous alteration of the Antique Paintbrush with some of my favorite AO images! Love the placement of Santa!

  11. Totally drop-dead sensational! This is such a cool and fun home dec piece. You did an incredible job on the design. LOVE it!!!


  12. Absolutely fantastic - perfect combination of images, and what a brilliant piece of altered art - gorgeous!
    Alison x

  13. Perfection! So creative, so you! Just love this Suzz!


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