This week over at Studio L3 the Grungy Monday Challenge was a definite challenge for me. The task was to create wearable art using Tim Holtz's products. I have never ever created a piece of jewelry, clothing, hairpiece, ect... I did remember seeing a post from a wonderful artist who created a bracelet out of Grungeboard. You can see Sarah's Grungeboard bracelet here. I really liked Sarah's bracelet, but wanted mine to be my style. I really like the look of multiple brackets and charm bracelets. So with inspiration and much courage I started in and created this.
I did not have any Grungeboard so I used Grungepaper. First I cut a strip of grunge paper 3/4" wide by 8" long. Then I cut 1/4" strips out of the strip of grungepaper. I did not cut all the way through to the 2 ends so the the strips were still connected.
Next I added some texture using Tim Holtz's Cracked Texture Fade.
I wanted a dark leather look, so I used Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Stains. First I used the Black Soot to cover both sides of the grungepaper strip. I dried this with my heat gun and then added the Vintage Photo. Before the Vintage Photo had time to dry completely I wiped some of the ink off with an old t-shirt. The Vintage Photo color was wiped off of the raised areas giving it even more dimension. I then added several layers of Rangers Glue 'n' Seal to prevent the ink form coming off.
Next step was the closure. I did not have Tim Holtz's hitch fastener and neither did any of the local stores. I did find some metal snaps that I thought would work. The silver on the snap really did not look right to me so I used Alcohol Ink in Copper and Black to colorize the snap.
Next step was the charms. I used Tim Holzt's Charmclips to make some fun typewriter style charms. To do this I printed out a sheet with the word LOVE in the typewriter style font. Then I used glossy accents to glue the charm down and to fill in the charms.
Next step was to put the charms on the bracelet. This was the easy part. I used Tim Holtz's jump rings to attach all of the charms.
After all was said and done I am very happy with my first ever wearable art piece. I may even be ready to create another one!