Donna Downey’s Altered Brush Project

When altered paint brushes bound for North Carolina started popping up on so many blogs I follow, I was intrigued… so I played along with Donna Downey and made one to help decorate her new studio walls.

I first met Donna at scrapbooking classes organized by Creating Keepsakes a zillion years ago, and since then I’ve taken many of her online classes. I hope someday to get to the new studio and take classes in person.

Donna has  weekely feature on her blog called “Inspiration Wednesday” where she shares free how-to videos.  She’ll knock your socks off!

For my brush I used Tim’s Sizzix heart cut out of grunge paper. I added three metal clips painted with acrylic paints, and stamped the silver/metal part of the brush with alcohol inks to get the blue patina. I typed the words on my typewriter (for real) and stamped the letters with a Studio 490 background stamp.  Lots more blue and black paint finished it off.

I know a lot of you are playing along too.  Please let me know when you post your brush… I’d love to see them!

As always, thanks for the visit.  Hope you have a great day!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


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  2. Marjie, wouldn’t this be fun for Halloween? I can see this done as a Witch!! Fun, Fun, Fun!
    Hugs Vada

  3. Ahhhh, lovely brush!! SO cool! And what about seeing one of your creations on the DD ‘s blog?!!

  4. love, love, love it! I’d been thinking about doing one as well, but haven’t as yet. Yours is amazing though (one of my favorites).

  5. my favorite color!! Just loving this brush. They look fun to alter. I am thinking about trying this! Love what you did!!!

  6. So very cute and clever, what a fun idea! Sometimes one thinks they have seen everything and then ………..

  7. What a great brush!! Don’t think I could part with it – think I’d start a wall space of my own …

  8. Amazing Marjie!
    This blue should be labelled Marjie Blue as I am now starting to associate it with your creations. She will be thrilled on receiving this. Love the hearts.
    I have seen altered brushes here and there and keen to alter one myself.

  9. awesome, so cool

  10. Wow how fantastic Marjie – what a great idea – love the embellishments on your brush!!

  11. Lynn Stevens says:

    Way cool Marjie,
    I thought about doing one but having to use paint brushes pretty much daily I thought I’d give my hands a rest. LOL
    hugs Lynn

  12. BEAUTIFUL brush! I’m still so excited to have seen it on DD’s blog :)).

  13. How cool! Love the colors and how you added the embellies!

  14. Well I must be out of the loop cos this is the first altered brush I’ve seen and you’ve rocked this one. Just amazin’ my dear.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  15. Wow – what a cool alteration! Love your turquoise and black, so funky…
    Alison x

  16. Wow, this is a way cool project Marjie! LOVE your color choice…looks fantastic!

  17. Very cool Marjie! Love this!

  18. How cool, that’s a fabulous piece of art.

  19. Hi Marjie, I saw this originally over at Donna’s website and meant to write to you then to say how gorgeous it is. I am with Anita (above) your middle name should be something related to blue but I prefer Queen of all things blue! It is a real triumph and it has been so much fun seeing what other people have done with theirs too. Crfty hugs, Anne x

  20. WOW! Great job on this, Marjie! It is so very cool 🙂

  21. I’m ashamed to say I was a bit non-plussed by a friend who bought a brush to alter – now I’m covinced after seeing yours Marjie! It’s such fun and I love the fact that even the bristles didn’t escape your gorgeous blue! Great fun.

  22. What a great idea! Love your design Marjie! x

  23. I’m working on one for a swap! Yours is freaking fantastic!!! Your middle name should be Blue, Azure, Cornflower, Electric….something like that!!! WOW!

  24. Marjie what a great alteration!!!It’s so nice!!! I really enjoyed it…
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  25. What a cool paint brush Marjie! Loving your trademark blue!! I just love Donna and years ago had a class by her in South Africa would you believe. She was a scream and it really stretched me then as I was not online yet & therefore not very adventurous! Her new studio looks fabulous & it would be a dream come true for me to have some classes there with her. think I need to be planning my 50th birthday present 5 years in advance LOL!

  26. Wow! I thought I had been keeping up with your blog, but I’m way behind! Now I have several links to explore and ideas to try! Your work always puts me in a happy mood!

  27. Now that is different Marjie! I LOVE it! Great colours and your creative mind always amazes me! Bravo!

  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE this……hmmmm might just have to try one!!!

  29. wow! i mean: WOW!!! this must be number 1 on my DD Brushes top 3! are you sure this wasn’t meant for my wall decoration?

  30. Thanks, gals! And special thanks to Fern for the heads up on the pic – I just tweaked it and it should be much more clear.

  31. You’re so cool. A real typewriter,indeed.

  32. Looks great – really like the blue/black contrast on the handle. I could actually see the details better on Donna Downey’s blog – the hearts are wonderful.

  33. Lovely idea! Your brush is gorgeous! I used to do altered brushes with the kids at school; we turned them round, so that the bristles became the hair, which could be ‘styled’ by the kids, and the rest became face and body – was great fun! Valerie