Altered Dress Form

Hi Everyone, Kerrie here wishing you all the very best in these uncertain times. As I write this, I hope you are all safe and healthy.
While we are living our lives in limbo trying to stay safe, I am again thankful to have my craft to keep me busy and distracted from the news.
Today I have upcycled a dress form that I have had stashed away in a box for years waiting to the right time to do something with it and I have to say I am pretty happy with it.
It has gone from drab to fab thanks to Little Birdie and their fabulous collections of mixed media mediums and all their gorgeous handmade flowers.

Here is a quick tutorial for you all on how you to can create something like this using something you have laying around your home

Step one was to cover the whole dress form with a good coating of Gesso

I then painted the dress form with Snow Chalk Paint

I then painted on a good thick coat of Crackle Medium and left it to dry overnight. I then painted on Pink Ballet Chalk Paint and then working quickly swiped on Bubble Gum Chalk Paint giving a graduated look to the paint instead of a solid color. You do need to do this quickly as the Crackle Paint starts crackling quickly and you don’t want to lose your crackle effect. I again left it overnight to dry.

I then tore a piece of patterned cardstock from the Celebrate Life collection. I cut the bottom following the pennant swags and then I sprayed the piece with water quite liberally. Next, I gave it a scrunch and pleated look. Left it to dry overnight

I created some leaves using Rose Blush Sculpture Paste leaving them to dry overnight.

I spritzed these chipboard berries with Hot Pink Color Splash.  I tapped off some of the color with a paper towel so the color wasn’t as vivid. Left to dry overnight with all my other pieces.

With everything dry and ready, I grabbed all my packets of flowers, Lace Ribbon, Chipboard, Sculpture Leaves, Sisal Fibre and glued everything on with Heavy Gel Medium.
Gel Medium is great for attaching embellishments onto things as it gives you time to move things around if you aren’t happy and once dry everything is glued firmly in place.

I also used Heavy Gel Medium applied randomly over my flowers, chipboard, Sculpture Paste Leaves using a skewer and then sprinkled with Raspberry Lips Shimmer Modge Podge and Silver Microbeads.

To finish off, I applied Silver Glitz Metallic Wax to add a bit of pop to the details on the dress form

Here are some close-up photos of my completed Dress Form.

Check the crackle! I absolutely love Little Birdie’s Crackle Medium you seriously cannot match it up.

Little Birdie Products Used
Gesso, White
Heavy Gel Medium
Crackle Medium
Sculpture Paste, Rose Blush
 Chalk Paste, Snow
 Chalk Paint, Pink Ballet
Chalk Paint, Bubble Gum
Shimmer Hodge Podge, Strawberry Lips
Metal Micro Beads, Iced Slate
Metallic Wax, Silver Glitz
Handmade Flowers, Eva Celebrate
Handmade Flowers, Amica Celebrate
Handmade Flowers, Deborah Celebrate
Handmade Flowers, Gianna Celebrate
Chipboard, Tassel Berry
Cardstock Pack, Celebrate Life

 Happy Creating  Kerrie

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 Happy Creating!!

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