Those of us who do arts and craft use paintbrushes quite a bit and over time the brushes simply get worn out. Ever wonder what to do with them? Keep them and make art out of it. Brushes inspire so many art themes. In essence, you're upcyling your brushes. I made a grungy, shabby chic mixed media canvas, with the word "create" using brushes.
How it's made
I painted an 11x14 canvas with gesso. I knew I wanted a rainbow of colors for the brushes and canvas. I first laid the brushes on the canvas and planned out my colors. Also vary the sizes of the brushes. I painted the brushes completely to include the bristles with gesso with a good brush of course. I determined how much area I need to paint each segment on the canvas and painted it using American Craft and Martha Stewart matte acrylic paint. The flowers are fabric Petaloo brand flowers and generic paper flowers. The butterflies are also from Petaloo; the Color Me Crazy line of products. They are flowers and butterflies designed to be painted. I painted the butterflies using Lindsay's Gang Stamp shimmer sprays. The words are chipboard letter from Etsy and painted them in gold acrylic paint. The copper-ish swirly bling is from Prima. I just love gears and the one you see here are metal gears from Tim Holtz and some generic ones from Michaels.