Altered Paint Brush Tutorial– Mixed Media products: Finnabair and Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts

Altered Paint Brush Tutorial– Mixed Media products: Finnabair and Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts


hi everyone its Keren here with a mixed-media altered paintbrush tutorial a few of us have gathered to collaborate
on a YouTube hop as we create different altered paint brushes each one of us
created an altered brush and some of us created tutorials for it that you can
hop along and see all the videos some people are just showing their
paintbrushes on their blog and some of us are even having some giveaways so it’s
really worth it to go along and just look at all the different paintbrushes
so you can see what we’ve created a few of us having giveaways and I’m
having one as well so stay tuned to the end of the video so you can see what I’m
giving away and how to enter. The links to all the other brush videos and posts
are in the description area below as well as all the materials I use to
create my brush the first thing I did is I took a three inch wide brush and
covered it in white gesso I just gave it a light coat on both sides this brush
has long bristles so I could basically embellish a little bit more than one
with short bristles and I went both front and back and added the gesso
I did a couple of coats and dried it in between so I could really cover the
wooden part in terms of the bristles I actually didn’t cover them all I just
lightly brushed them with a downward motion to just create a little bit of
white at the edge where the metal touches it
I took a lid from one of my mixed-media jars and covered it in white gesso as
well as this was black. I guess I could have used a white lid but all the lids
from Finnabair are black so I knew I had to cover that as well. Here I
am giving another coat to the brush while I’m drying the lid and then I gave
the lid a second coat it didn’t really have to be perfect because I was
going to cover it with tissue paper but I just wanted it to be a little bit of
white so you don’t see that black underneath this is a heavy gel lid that
I had finished and I saved a bunch of the lids so I could create a brush
I took some Tim Holtz tissue paper and some liquitex matte medium which is very
fluid and liquidy so it’s really easy to use with a tissue paper and using a
brush I started applying the tissue paper in all different areas on the
brush and collaging it on top I didn’t want it to be perfect I wanted it to
look as if the brush is just covered with a few different areas of tissue
paper so you can have those really cool that really cool texture and designs on
the background and I went all around the handle both front and back and covered
them and even though I was going to add more mediums onto it the designs peeked
through the mixed-media products which was really nice to see I’m showcasing two brushes here today
but in reality I’m only showing the process for one of the brushes as both
of them are the same just in different colors I also used a tissue paper to add a
little bit of texture inside the lid and also cover any mistakes I had made with
the gesso not mistake so much as like you know if it didn’t cover that and the
black fully this really helped to cover the areas and I did it on the edges of
the lid as well so it would really cover all the little painting mistakes now I
started working with the composition I took blue friend studios chipboard piece
just I actually don’t remember the name of it but it’s just a circular kind of
embellishment and put the lid on top of it and then I took a Prima resin
butterfly and some other resin pieces and started up putting them in different
places on the brush these are swirls flourishes that are
also resin from Prima marketing and I started designing how I liked my my
brush to look I knew that I wanted the moth or the butterfly in the center but
the rest was kind of playing around with it and figuring out figure it out where
it would they would look nice once I had everything in place I took some heavy
gel from Prima Finnabair and started gluing all the embellishments to the
background the only one that I kept loose was the butterfly just to have it
just to just kind of figure out what I wanted to do with it I wasn’t sure but
all the other elements are glued together
then I took a little flower also from prima and just glued it in between the
swirls to kind of hide the areas where I hadn’t filled them in then I took some
butcher cord and this is this is just string you could use any string
for this and I wanted to create the strings that go down the dreamcatcher my
idea was to create a dreamcatcher out of a brush and to have that Center area to
be the center of the dreamcatcher so as you can see here I’m using some glue to
kind of make sure that the cords hold down and I’m able to have them in the
place that I want them I use about five different strings and I knew that I was
going to add the feathers later the only thing I didn’t like was that knot on
the side so what I ended up doing is I ended up taking it apart as you will see
soon and basically just used glue to hold the strings together without having
anything attached or any bulky knots anywhere the next step was to add some art stones
because I wanted to have a lot of texture and I took the mini art stones
and some soft matte gel and I love this technique as I dip my paintbrush in the
gel and then dip it inside the art stones and they stick together really
nicely and create this bulky effect with the stones so that way they don’t go all
over the place when I’m adding them. so here I am adding some stones in some
area this is part this area at the bottom but also adding some inside the
circle towards the bottom of the circle I just wanted to kind of add texture not
everywhere but in some areas to really make it look as if the stones are
falling down the brush so here I am adding at the top and then some of the
edges as well and then I go inside once I finished with the other art stones I
took the smaller ones and added a few more with a little spoon in the wet
areas where the glue was then I took my moth or butterfly and added a lot of gel
and included to the center of my circle I let this dry overnight I actually let
it dry more almost like two days because I was busy and I hadn’t had time to get
back to it so it was really drying to start adding they Ken Oliver color
bursts and I knew that’s how I wanted to color it so I took them and I started
adding the powder onto the backgrounds you have to make sure that you use
something to protect your mat with them or with any basically any ink because
you really want to be able to clean them after. I used two colors from the
Caribbean collection lime green and turquoise and then I sprayed them with
water to spread it around then I took some of the metallic colors
bursts metallic sky and metallic Jade because they were both blue and green
and matched perfectly with the brush that I was creating when you’re playing
with color bursts you have to add them in layers to really build up the color
so what I did is I dried in between layers first I dried the ones that I
added in powdered form and then I put the metallic ones and again I dried it
and I played around back and forth with the colors to make sure that the color
really builds up the next color I added was the metallic
copper again from the color bursts from Ken Oliver because I really wanted to
add that oxidized look to it and create kind of a patina effect so I added it in
certain areas just to add a little bit of that distressed look and then I took
the tangerine color bursts from the Caribbean set just to add more rust
effect to the background I still felt like the rusted effect was
not enough so I took some alcohol inks this is the ginger color and I just
started adding it a little bit darker tones in certain areas and spread them
around to really low make it look rusty then I went back with a metallic sky and
just added it to the butterfly to just color it in and give it a little bit
more of that blue color and then a little bit of the Jade one as well so I
have to play back and forth with the colors which is always the thing that
you have to do with different things to be able to get the look that you like so
I just continue playing until I like it and that is according to what one person
likes you don’t you might not you might like it less colorful or less dark and
that’s up to you to decide so you can basically play around with the colors
until you are happy with the result it doesn’t have to be exactly like mine I
also took the copper color and some of the other metallic colors and started
coloring the strings just to add a little bit color so to take away that
whiteness from the actual butcher cord I went ahead and lighten it up using
some gold metallic color bursts and I basically went around in certain areas
kind of in the center of the butterfly and different
embellishments to just add a little bit of highlights of the gold because after
had added the blue and the green it really became very dark and I wanted to
just kind of lighten it up since the color bursts inks don’t have
any fixative in them I use some pixie dust fixative from prima finnabair to
just add on top of the ink that way it will not run when it’s displayed
I took some feathers from my stash and using some copper wire I wrapped them
around the butcher cord at the edge of it to basically finish up the
dreamcatcher and have feathers on each one I took some two different colors of
the feathers to just bunch them up together and tie them up at the bottom
of the cord then I took the alcohol ink and just
basically added a few drips of it on the feathers to kind of make them match
the rest of the brush and have that rest look on them as well finally I took some
prima finnabair art alchemy wax aged brass and just added a few
highlights on certain areas to just make everything shine and bring up
that really nice luster to the surface finally I just want to show you another
brush that I made at the same time as this one just in different colors this I
use purples and blues but I use the exact same techniques with the asite
exact same at products and just use different colors feathers and different
colored inks here you can see the texture of the first brush and the
colors and how everything came together I really love how the texture came out
and I love this type of dreamcatcher theme then you can see the second one
which is purplish and it just really I still added the alcohol ink on it but I
use purples and blues in the background and the alcohol ink the ginger color was
just to create that really nice rusted look thank you so much for watching go
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