Beth Williams for the Handyman Holiday Hop. Merry Christmas!

Thank you for joining us on the Handyman's Holiday Hop.  Make the rounds and be inspired.

I want to take a second and welcome Beth Williams to D's Paper Studio.  She is the last stop in our Handyman's Holiday Hop.  If you did not start at the beginning a complete list of  blogs can be found at this link "Handyman's Holiday Hop:  Celebrating Hanukkah Altered Paint Brush."

Welcome, Beth!

I have wanted to try altering a brush for quite some time.  This hop was a perfect motivation and I wanted to make something pretty.  4 grandsons and 5 animals just don't make for much pretty around my house.  I also wanted to use things in my stash I tend to forget.  I've had the Noel 25 die for 5 years and this is the first time I've used it-shameful.

Hope you enjoy my little creative journey.

Step 1:  I applied white gesso to my brushes.  I did 2 in case I messed up 1.  The handles were glossy.  It would have worked better had I sanded them first.
Step 2:  I painted the handle gold with a Tim Holtz dauber and gessoed the brush because I like the effect.
Step 3.  I coated the handle with the clear crackle then painted with Martha Stewart white linen acrylic paint.  Should have figured how I was going to dry it before I painted both sides!  I came up with the holding the brush part in my mouth!
Step 4.  I added 2 kraft doilies to the handle to give me a bigger base to work on.
Step 5.  Other than the brushes, I promised myself I would not buy anything additional.  Got out my stash and started layering.  Took me 5 hours to get it how I liked it.  Hard to see the acrylic layer is an old Bo Bunny.  Flowers and gold leaves - Petaloo I won 5 years ago!  Metal embellishments are Tim Holtz Christmas idea-ology.  I used a Tim die to cut the Noel 25.
My favorite part:  Whenever my spirit is at its lowest, it seems the universe sends me a red hawk feather.  I've had this one for 25 years.  Last summer a dear Fiskasister [crafers once part of the movement called "Fiskateers."] sent me several large, beautiful ones just when I needed them.  This is going to be her Christmas present.  I sprayed the feather with hairspray, sprinkled glitter by hand, the more hairspray to keep the glitter on.
I had so much fun doing this.  Thank you, Debby, for all the work you've done to include me!

Beth Williams
Thank you, Beth...this is amazing.
Thanks to our sponsors Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company, Heartfelt Creations, Helmar, and D's Paper Studio.  Our "Be Inspired Giftaway" by our sponsors is featured at D's Paper Studio.  Four winners will be chosen from comments on all the blog posts in the Handyman’s Holiday Hop.

As you read, Beth loves feathers.  As a personal giveaway, Beth will be drawing a name from her Handyman's Holiday Hop post comments for this beautiful giveaway.
Maya Road DIY burlap wreath complete with embellishment goodies.  The kit includes a 10" straw wreath, burlap trim, and embellishments.  Open to shipping in the USA only.

Sounds Yummy!

Leave your comment to be entered in both drawings.

Inspired To Created/Encouraged To Try


  1. Beth, you created a beautiful brush. I love the collage of Christmas embellishments and flower. Your feather is outstanding with a beautiful story. Your recipient is going to be amazed. Thank you, Beth.

  2. WOW - WONDERFUL piece Beth!
    LOVE your design, from the handle to the sparkling feather, LOVE your tutorial too ... I wish I was able to sit and watch as you created, maybe even held the brush when you ran out of hands :)
    THANK YOU for sharing and INSPIRING ... altering a brush has been on my to-do list for ages, I really do need to give it a try!
    PS - I'm in Australia, so please don't include me in the prize draw for the wreath kit

  3. I adore your paintbrush as well!!! What a beautiful piece of art!

  4. amazing with fab design and sparkle... love it

  5. Such a lovely Christmas-y brush, the addition of the feather is perfect and who doesn't love glitter :) TFS!!

  6. Just the crackling and the glitz!

  7. Stunning work! Such amazing details to all the gorgeous layers! Love it!!

  8. This looks amazing, so glittery!

  9. Beautifully created. Love the crackle on the handle for the "Old Word Christmas look"~LOVE it all!!!

  10. Oh this is so pretty! Love the gold and layers of flowers!

  11. Beautiful brush and I love all the gold and the layers of goodness!

  12. What a special talent you are! Love everything about this...especially the feather!

  13. Very pretty. I love how your turned out.

  14. This is Fabulous Beth!!! Ive always been inspired by your creations and this is why. Beautiful!!! That handle is amazing. I have to be honest when I saw your name on the list, I swore I would see Halloween!!! But you sure suprised me with this beauty!!! I love it!! Great job!!

  15. Gorgeous - the crackle finish and feathers are such great details!

  16. Such a great project! I love the gold accents-perfect for the holidays!!!

  17. Beautiful brush Beth!!! Love it!!!

  18. Love the gold and crackling! Gorgeous brush!

  19. Gorgeous!! Absolutely love it!! Great tutorial - this s been on my to do list for awhile, no excuse now

  20. Thank you Beth for begin one fantastic guest! With everything you were doing this past weekend I can only say a big THANK YOU. Your paintbrush is creative, beautiful, with a wonderful meaning behind it. Thank you for you input and help. I am glad that not having a blog did not stop you from participating and giving it more than you all.


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