I recently did a swap with a friend that involved altering paintbrushes. I have seen these altered paintbrushes before and thought it looked like so much fun. We set no theme, just whatever we wanted/were inspired by. I took a few photos of my creative process and thought I would share them here so you can see how easy it is to alter a paintbrush.
Cover the paint brush with a few light coats of gesso. I used a plastic handled paint brush so it was a little bit more difficult than a wooden one but it still worked out perfectly.
Paint the brush with your paint colour choice. I used teal paint on mine and painted half way down the bristles. I also added some pink at the bottom of the bristles to make it look like the brush had been dipped in pink.
I added some blue crackle paint to places on my brush.
On some of the shapes I added the blue crackle paint over the top and then when dry smeared on some black ink to tone it back down a bit. You can see the before on the right wing and the after on the left.
I added all my elements onto the brush using a strong wet glue, but hot glue would work great too.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you feel inspired to alter your own paint brush too – reusing items in new ways is fun!