Thursday, March 16, 2017

I am worth so much more than my dress size

Have you checked out the latest Emerald Creek Dare? You can get messy and splatter your way to a $50 Emerald Creek gift card.

I decided to make a little spattered dress for the challenge.  It's funny, I love to splatter almost every project I make but when I saw this challenge I froze.  Since I always splatter did I just make my typical project? I decided to splatter all the things instead.

I started with a chipboard dress and smeared on gesso using my fingers.
I added Distress Crayons and rubbed them around.  I wet my finger a bit to move the color. 
My first splatters! I spritzed water on to make it some of the crayon lift.
Paint splatters make the second layer of messy goodness.  I mainly used Dina Wakley paints.  They are nice and heavy.  
Now time for embossing powder splatter.  I sprinkled on Charred Gold Embossing Powder and heated the powder from the bottom so it wouldn't blow all over the place.  
I used a bit of Hammered Metal Embossing Powder on the bottom of the dress and on the sleeves.  
I decided the sleeves didn't pop enough, so I added white paint to the sleeves, the neck, and around the edge of the dress.  I used my fude ball pen to add the black dots.  I scribbled all around the dress using a silver gel pen.  I also used a large background stamp for some extra interest.  
I splattered my Button Brad with the same paint I used on the dress.  I thought it looked too flat.  
I ended up painting the buttons yellow and covering them with Clear Embossing Powder.  
It's messy and imperfect-just like me! 


  1. You already know I love this! Because you're so damn awesome! :) But the words are also a good reminder for all of us.

    1. Right back at you on the damn awesomeness!

  2. Love this! Thanks for sharing! Great technique!

  3. Such a fun project!! The dress is so cute!! Love the quote!! Thanks Jess!!

  4. Adorable at first sight and then you look closer and see all those fantastic layers - so cool!
    Alison x

    1. Thank you! I loved just making a beautiful mess here.

  5. Jess, your work is always a treat! this is so fun, and it looks like me when I'm done playing in my Closet! Love the bold pop of the yellow buttons and a great quote, too! Hugs!

  6. Absolutely love this piece. So clever and fun. I love making dressforms with clay and paper dresses, but I always make them so neat. Sounds so freeing, I think I will try a grungy version.


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