Sunday 15 April 2018

Scrabble Fairy

     Apologies for the late arrival of my project for Altered Eclectics, lots of things have been happening here, some good and some not so good, but that's life. Thank goodness for crafting, sometimes it's the only thing to do!
      This project is for a local charity shop, a way of showing how all the odd bits and bobs can be used to make a mixed media item.
     It all started with some scrabble tiles and a few buttons, then a good rummage through all my odds and ends.
     The frame is plastic, also found in a charity shop, it had a back but no glass. I cut a piece of mount board to fit in place of a canvas to work on.
      With the board in the frame I drew around the inside edge, so I knew not to put any embellishments beyond that line.
     With my trusty hot glue gun I began to add buttons, broken bits of jewelry and shapes made with hot glue in a silicone mould. Once these items are painted they take on a whole new look whilst adding lots of great texture to the project.
     I drew around the fairy so I knew where she would be going, that way I could avoid putting anything that would be underneath her. Using some stencils and a tube of filler I added some more texture to the board.
     Once all the filler was dry I painted a layer of gesso over the whole board, then a couple of layers of acrylic pink paint. A spritz with a pink mica spray added some subtle sparkle.
     With all the paint dry it was time to add colour to the texture with some gilding wax.
     Before I started glueing bits on I had taken a photo of where I planned to put all the bits, so with to hand I started to add the finishing touches. A hot glue gun in hand I stuck the letters, flower, fairy and her wings to the board, along with a glitter covered flower in the top corner. It wasn't exactly as the starter picture but close, slight adjustments along the way which added interest.
     All that remained was to pop it in the frame, it was at this point that I was SO glad I had left that small border around the board, but the fairy could have been a little lower so she stood on the frame instead of floating a bit above it.
     The board bowed slightly, probably due to the paint, so I used hot glue on the back to seal it to the frame in the corners and along the edges. All that was left was to pop the back on and move the hanging points for a horizontal picture.
     Most of the items have come from charity shops, with the exception of the hot glue gun, waxes, spray and mount board, and they were already in my stash. To make something pink and girly was a little out of my comfort zone but I'm not too unhappy with the result.
     There is still a fortnight left to enter your project with Altered Eclectics, anything but a card or an ATC, we look forward to seeing you work.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
An Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media   (M)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Mixed Media   (M)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes   (M)


  1. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu, good luck!!! Amy DT

  2. Very, very creative and sound pretty cost effective too; which is one of the things I push the most in crafting. Thank you for the inspiring idea and good luck in the challenge...Team Eclectic Ellapu.

  3. What a fabulous reuse of vintage stuff. Thanks for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu and we hope to see you return.

  4. This is so cool..great recycling too.
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge this month at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...

  5. Interesting recycling and re-use! We all have those times don't we. Thank you for joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

  6. Very cleverly done (need to remember this idea for my nieces!) and I LOVE that frame! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  7. What a fabulous frame! Super clever work. Thanks for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu!


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