As a DT member for  The Altered Element , each month there is an Upcycle Challenge (Lynne sends each DT member an item from a charity shop and we are then required to upcycle by altering it in any manner we choose). For the first Upcycle Challenge I received 6 children’s buildings blocks. Previous Upcycle artwork can be viewed on the posts:- Bird Brain and Time To Move Forward.  I challenged myself to alter at least one of the blocks without using any stamping. Rooting through my supplies I stumbled across a small sheet of Bathing Beauty images which was ideal.

As with Time To Move Forward I decorated five faces of the cube.

.Prime cube by sanding and then a layer of Gesso.

.On all sides sponge Silver Lumiere paint and Golden Glass Bead Gel.

.Use silicone glue to add the Bathing Beauty images on the four sides add small shells and “coral”. Add a little bit more of the Glass Bead Gel.

I am sure you will have worked out what the “coral” is but if not, let me divulge. I like to purchase fabric flowers that are on stems and dismantle them as it is an inexpensive way of building a stash of fabric flowers in various styles. So whilst dismantling the stem I was left with blue/green plastic “things” which to my eye resembled coral and just knew that one day it would come in handy.

.Finally add a larger shell to the top adding crushed shell, caviar beads and another piece of “coral”. Once all the elements are in place drip a little touch of Bottle Alcohol Ink on all sides.


Gesso, Lumiere Silver Paint, Golden Glass Bead Gel, Bottle Alcohol Ink, Queens Dresser Drawer Bathing Beauties Clip Art, Shells, Blue Dewdrops, Silicone Glue.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crafty Dawn
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:08:33

    I think this is a great idea bathing beauties and shells and stuff such a great use of a kiddies BB. I know you often say to me I am just like many other crafters and you are in many ways but you are also a complete individual and have fantastic ideas and whats more can transfer the ideas into craft magic

    Love Dawn xx


  2. craftytrog
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:28:33

    This is an amazing piece Lynne! A stunning work of art! You have great imagination! xx


  3. craftytrog
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:29:17

    Love the ‘coral’ btw!


  4. alcoholinky
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 13:25:03

    great idea Lynne, love those little bits of coral and shells


  5. Hazel
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 13:37:49

    A brilliant work of art Lynne. Great images, colours, shells etc. I love it. xxx Hazel.


  6. Cath
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 16:52:01

    Beautiful, Lynne. What’s glass bead gel, though? H’mm, is that something I NEED??????


    • lynne
      Apr 10, 2010 @ 10:01:05

      Teeny, tiny genuine glass beads in a gel/paste. Once dry you can leave it unpainted or paint it. I only used small amounts yet IRL you can see the texture. Lynne x


  7. Chris
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 18:19:10

    Another fabulous piece, Lynne. You come up with some wonderful imaginative ideas.

    Think it’s time for me to give up crafting now… :o)


  8. debbiek
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 23:16:04

    Very clever, Lynne! Love the theme. Makes me long for being on the beach in the warm summer sun:)
    – Debbie Kaste


  9. Lucy Edmondson
    Apr 17, 2010 @ 15:29:38

    You have really captured the sea with these. I can really see them adorning a very stylish home decor. It is funny you calling it Sirens (you always come up with good names) because wasn’t that the film with the artist’s muses naked in the lake??

    L x


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