You might remember this bust I found for only $3 at a garage sale.
I knew I was going to cover it up to give it a vintage look but at first I wasn’t sure what to cover it in. I thought about newsprint, book pages, sheet music or paper bags.
I was pretty set on using some vintage sheet music but when I went to cover it I misplaced my vintage sheet music (Ok, time to clean and organize again) so I had to change ideas.
I finally decided on a faux leather look so I grabbed some paper grocery bags and glue and started ripping and crumpling the paper.
I watered down some good old Elmer’s school glue down and used that as my decoupage mixture. I was a bit worried that so much of the grocery bag printing was showing while the glue was still wet but I decided to add some more pieces and let it dry to see how it looked.
Here’s my newly covered bust.
Once it was all dry I liked the results, only a bit of the print was showing through but I wanted it to be a bit darker so I grabbed my walnut ink.
At first I watered down the walnut ink and covered the whole bust. I watered it down a bit too much so I started spraying ink directly on my bust.
I sprayed lots of ink to help get the dark color I was picturing.
I didn’t want the blotches so I dabbed the ink and rubbed it into other parts of my bust.
Ah, this is what I was going for.
Now to let it dry.
It dried to the perfect color and texture, just perfect for a jewelry display.
It took the place of a chalkboard globe that was on my dresser top.
I love this display although I need to redo the potato sack memo board on the wall that I threw together a few weeks ago.
The color and texture was just what I was looking for.
I’m sure I’ll have fun changing out the necklace I put on display.
Looking at this makes me want to recover my so called mannequin that I stated a few weeks ago.
Hmm, lots to think about.
Bust makeover supplies:
Bust Garage sale find, $3
2 Paper bags free
Total cost: $3.20
I’m excited for my new bust. I mean, $.20 cents for a new bust???
No surgery required.
Who wouldn’t love a newly madeover bust for only $.20?
I guess having a messy crafting area where a 2 inch pile of sheet music is misplaced was a good think. I can’t imagine my bust covered in music sheet now that it is done.
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