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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Altered Letter

Good morning!  I hope it's beautiful where you are.  We were fortunate that Hurricane Matthew was wobbling when it went past us, and we didn't get the 140 mph winds that were forecast.  It was bad enough, but not nearly as bad as it could have been for us.

Today I want to share a project that I am working on. I bought some wooden letters, and I have been working on altering them.  This is the first one...

It has been a fun project, that is ongoing, and I am enjoying working on different letters.  

To alter this letter, I first painted the letter with gesso.  Then I painted it the base color with acrylic paints.  When that was dry, I got out my texture paste and some stencils.  I mixed a little spray inks and/or color burst powders with the texture paste to make it colored.  Then I spread the paste through the stencils to get the raised portion.  I let that dry.  I also sprayed some of the spray inks and moved it around to give it a variegated look (some parts lighter, some darker).  After it was dry, I coated the entire thing with a glossy sealer.

While that was drying, I die cut some flowers and leaves and colored them with my alcohol ink markers.  I also die cut the butterfly out of glitter paper. I adhered a piece of burlap around the stem of the R, then adhered my flowers.  I added some sequins, and pearls to the flower centers.  A little glitter glue on the textured flower centers finished it off.

I think the person who is going to receive this will love it.  Blue is her favorite color.  And I have another friend who loves purple, so I made this one for her:

I didn't get a good picture of this one, I got too much reflection back off the glossy sealer. But I already gave it to her and she loved it.  And I will be working on more of these, they are fun!

Hope you have enjoyed.   Have a great day!

P.S.  I played along at the Mod Squad Challenge blog and won in the Top 3 for my letter R.  Woohoo!


Sandra H said...


Donna Ellis said...

Becky, your friends will not only love these, but treasure them always! What a wonderful way of expressing your love for them. LOVING all the textures and die cuts. Your new monarch butterfly looks fabby! Really gorgeous! I especially like the subtle color changes in the blue R on the right side of the letter - hoping you are recovering from Matthew, and that the girls are behaving themselves! hugs, de

Donna Phelan said...

What awesome projects! I LOVE this idea and may have to try them myself! Lots of layering and mediums, which just adds to how glorious these are! Love them!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge Donna, Challenge Host.

Sheri Gilson said...

These are beautiful!