Tuesday, June 11

Hot Tip Tuesday


Every now and then I feel inspired to create an off the page project like an altered book or canvas, and most time I like to add words to my creation. It's often the case that the chipboard letters I have in my stash are missing a letter or two that I need to complete my title. Instead of rushing out and purchasing yet another packet (and ending up with two hundred letter X's) I will attempt to construct the letter I need using what remains in the packet. In the photos below, I've shared my technique for creating an "e" from pieces of other letters that always seem to be in excess...

I firstly construct the "bones" of the letter -  in this case I've used a "c" and part of a lower case "q", which I was able to cut with a sturdy pair of scissors. The letters are glued to the canvas and allowed to dry thoroughly.

Next, I apply texture paste over the joins. I use a palette knife to get a nice flat surface.

Shaping tools are useful to push and shape the texture paste around my new letter.

After allowing everything to dry thoroughly, I give the letter a light sand to remove any rough spots. Once the gesso, paint and mediums are applied, you won't see any difference between my newly created letter and all the other letters on the project.

12 comments:

  1. That is such a clever idea. I always have heaps of letters left over that I have no use for This technique might help me use some of them up.

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  2. Great tip! I've done it but with subbed letters that were easier. That one looks like expert level! :-)))) xoxo

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  3. Fantastic tip, Beccy! Thanks for showing how to use our products more effectively. Sending warm hugs your way! de

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  4. Thank you Beccy. I love how you have created the e. Those are the ones that always run out. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  5. Thanks for sharing this technique...

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  6. Your so clever and creative x

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  7. Thanks for another useful tip Beccy.

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