Wednesday 1 April 2015

Boot Sale Bronze

     Welcome to a new project for Altered Eclectics, where anything goes as long as it's altered art or mixed media (no cards, ATC's or scrap layouts). You should pop over and take a look at the variety of artwork on show, it's amazing!
     This little beauty started life with me as a rather shabby, pre-loved manikin found at a boot sale. She used to have a velvet body with beads hanging around the bottom but that all came off the day she arrived in the Crafter Cavern.

     Once striped bare she had a good rub down and then a few body enhancing changes with flexible filler, then another rub down, which left her with a nice smooth surface.
     Using Sizzix Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes and grey board I cut several shapes out and glued them on to the manikin with Cosmic Shimmer PVA.
     To begin the painting process I covered her with a coat of Cosmic Shimmer White Gesso Primer, I was pleasantly surprised to find one coat was enough.

     When the gesso was dry I began to paint patches of colour all over the manikin. Once the colours where dry I went over with a brown acrylic to tone it down a little.
     Leaving the paint to dry thoroughly seemed like an age but it was only about an hour. I really wanted to get started with the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Waxes, I used Chic Pumpkin and Autumn Bronze .
     There are small areas of Chic Pumpkin and larger areas of Autumn Bronze because it has that perfect dark brown hue.
     I then had to be patient again, to allow the wax to set, buffing it up too early would remove some of it and I'd have to do it a second time.
     With an old duster I buffed the manikin all over, being careful not to rub the ends of the swirls too hard. It came up with a gorgeous sheen to it. It had all been an experiment to see if it what was in my head would transfer, via my hands, to the manikin. I am happy to say that I think it did, it's not until you pick it up that you realise it 's too light to be metal.

     You have a whole month to create something, anything as long as it's altered art or mixed media, no cards. We would love to see what you make at Altered Eclectics.

I would like to enter my manikin in the following challenges:
Creative Moments - Anything But A Card
613 Avenue Create - A True Anything Goes...No Twist
Artful Times Challenge - In The Style Of Tim Holtz
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed Media Only
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze - Anything Goes


  1. Rocky what an elegant and classic makeover! Very inspiring. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge.

  2. Beautiful creation-sure looks like real bronze! thanks for playing with us at Through the Purple Haze!
    Carolyn, DT

  3. Super what a great it.

    Fiona dT

  4. Wow this is so different and I love it. Gorgeous colours. Thanks for sharing it with us at TTPH this time.
    Dawn TTPH DT xxx

  5. Wow!!! This does look like bronze! I like the touches of green patina. Great work.

  6. Beautiful makeover! The coloration is beautiful! Very nicely crafted! Thanks for leaving this on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  7. This is gorgeousness at its best hun.. pleased you an eclectic girlie and with my Rhedd's Creative Spirit DT hat on well done my friend xx

  8. Fabulous makeover. Thank you for joining us on Artful Times.

  9. Great makeover work. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us at TTCRD this week and hope to se you again in our next challenge// Zora DT

  10. beautiful creation.
    thanks for joining in the fun at TTPHC.
    Jo dt

  11. Beautiful creation... wonderful creativity .thanku for joinging us at Creative moments
    hugs Kristyn DT


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