Handyman's Holiday Hop: Celebrating Hanukkah Altered Paint Brush

Welcome to the beginning of the Handyman's Holiday Hop.  There is so much creativity along the hop that will certainly encourage and inspire you for this holiday season.

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I'm not Jewish, but I have family that is.  I watch them as they celebrate the lighting of the candles, their prayers, and songs.  It is a wonderful celebration of God's working in His people.  I created my altered brush in honor of them.
3" Brush
→Gesso entire brush with Finnabair's white gesso.
→Handle created with Basic's Modeling Paste, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, and Texture Sand.  Once dry use your hot glue gun to create "hot glue" strings and wrap them around the brush while slowly squeezing the trigger. 
→Middle portion of the brush was created with Basic's Modeling Paste mixed with Brea Reese Texture Pebbles and silver metallic paint.  I created a few thin sheets of white Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay and broke/cut them apart.  I used Ranger's Alcohol Inks to color the pieces and adhered them to the finished, dried foundation layer.  I did go back and repaint the background with the silver paint.  Mixing the silver with the modeling paste dulled the silver.  
→Bottom of the brush is acrylic paint blue and I added 8...4 on each side...clay candles.  The candles were created using oven-baked clay rolled up with a white thread in the middle then adding Ranger Silver Stickles. The light makes it look like the stickles are not all the way around...they are.
→Flowers are from Prima.  I added Tim Holtz Distress Glitter with a silver metallic thread twisted around the cluster.  →The Star of David is a die cut from Impression Obsession using silver glitter paper. →"Light" painted with blue acrylic paint, sanded, glue to the die cut.  →The flame was created a using a clip art pattern found online and oven-baked clay.
Both sides of the brush are identical. 
(Thank you Tabitha Safdi Photography for the photos.)

Fun and challenging.  Advice:  take a class in oven-baked clay before playing with it.  LOL

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  1. BEAUTIFUL piece Debby!
    Such a clever and creative design, especially with your cool glue string handle!
    Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING :)
    TracyM #6773 from Australia

  2. So pretty!! What a wonderful addition to your holidays.

  3. What a fab altered brush!

  4. Your family will love this brush what a very creative idea. great job.

  5. OMG love the fun bright colours with super cool tazzles and triangle accents...

  6. Very pretty brush, love all of the texture and bright colors! Such a fun piece!

  7. Wow, this is amazing! Beautiful and very creative!

  8. Love the colors, such a fun idea.

  9. and you were worried~looks amazing!!! Love the bright colors and the candles on the brush hairs. The colors are perfect and beautiful!!!

  10. This is such a wonderful altered brush! Love the colors!

  11. Great idea, love the altered brush!

  12. Debbie this is fantastic. I love all the layers and texture. I am so glad you kept adding to it. It is a totally beautiful.bright, happy creation. YOur friends will be honored to have it.

  13. What a cute idea. Thank you for sharing and a chance to win wonderful prizes.

  14. Debbie! What a super fun idea! Love the use of color and so lovely!

  15. Debby . . . love this!!! What wonderful sponsors. Super fun awesome idea!

  16. Very cute! What a terrific hop!

  17. What a neat idea! Altered brushes are so fun!

  18. This is phenomenal, Debby! I have to say this is the most beautiful Hanukkah decor I've ever seen. The menorah is beautiful too. :)

  19. Love your colors - really beautiful & creative piece!

  20. This is adorable! Such a great design.

  21. This is great! Love the candles.

  22. This is just fabulous!!! I love the design, colors and how festive! Perfection!!!

  23. That is really cool!!!

  24. Fabulous Hanukeh paintbrush, love the idea!

  25. Such a fun piece of art! Love those clay candles!

  26. I have never seen or heard of altering a brush!!!- what a cool idea! I love the colors used in this brush and the candles are just the right addition ---I love the use of the word "LIGHT" it is perfect to go right at the top!! great job!!!


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