Wednesday, June 12, 2013

eP Get Altered Challenge - Spoons

Wait, what? An altered spoon? Interesting...

This month over at the eclectic Paperie blog, Toni has challenged us to create an altered art project that includes a spoon. You can join in the fun by creating your own altered spoon project and uploading it to the challenge. You may even win some sweet spending money for goodies in the eP store! Details are all spelled out below.

Meanwhile, off to my local thrift store I went in hopes of finding a beautiful ornate silver spoon, but alas, all I found was a bin full of wooden spoons. VERY, very well-used wooden spoons. So I grabbed a few with no clue what I was going to do with them and they've been sitting here on my desk trying to inspire me to do something with them.

I decided a wooden spoon on its own wasn't very appealing, so I opted to use it as the hanger to my little Happy Home canvas.

This simple little canvas measures 5 x 7 inches which was a good proportion for my spoon hanger.

Here's a quick overview how the project came together...

First a layer of gesso over the whole canvas. Then a thin layer of embossing paste through my Polka Dotty stencil. Let dry thoroughly. Doesn't take long at all.

A quick smear of Distress Paints. (Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Mowed Lawn)

Spritz with water mister to blend and thin the colors out.

Paint the sides with Vintage Photo Distress Paint, then after all the paint is dry, blend Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the surface. This really makes everything pop, and cuts down the bright color nicely.

I had some paper-covered grungeboard die-cut shapes left over from my Artist's Crown project, so I put them to good use here and create a house and a door.

Paint the roof with Fired Brick Distress Paint, the house with Vintage Photo, and the door with Walnut Stain.  (The colors are little washed out in my photo.)

Ink the edges of all pieces with Walnut Stain Distress ink, then add some accents. Here I used Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die and Collage paper for trim below my roof. 

The Ring Fastener looks like a little door knocker and a Hitch Fastener, a doorknob.

A Label Pull made the perfect name place on my house. I typed Green on my computer, cut it out and adhered it behind.

I put our house number on the canvas as a memento of our Florida home, should we ever move away from here. The palm fronds are from an old QuicKutz die from long ago. I cut them out from shades of green Kraft Core cardstock and lightly sanded them before adhering them in place. The numbers are cut from a wonderful new Sizzix strip die I found in my local Joann's store by Brenda Walton called Antiqua Numbers. I cut the numbers twice; once from the Collage papers and once from black cardstock to serve as a drop shadow.

And finally, the spoon. You can see how worn it is on the end. Decades of stirring, no doubt. This Blossom Bucket Butterfly fit perfectly in the spoon.

The words Happy Home are Art Parts by Wendy Vecchi which I painted with two coats of Wild Honey Distress Paint. I attached the spoon to my canvas by inserting Screw Eyes into each and joined them with some ball chain.

I attached the spoon portion to my wall in our foyer using Command Damage-Free Hanging strips (17204) which are a lot like velcro strips and are very strong. 

An easy and quick project that was a lot of fun! Now how about you join us over at eclectic Paperie in our challenge. Here are a few helpful tips:

• You do not have to use products sold in the eP store…but we do love it when you do!
• Share a direct link to your creation, not just your blog, using the Linky Tools feature at the end of the eP post.  If, for any reason, the Linky Tools doesn’t cooperate, please add a link in the Comments section of the blog.
• When uploading to any online galleries, please use any of the following keywords; eP, eclectic Paperie or Get Altered Challenge.  Link your creations to the eP blog.
• If you’d like to be considered as one of our featured projects and be entered into our prize drawing, please be sure to add your link no later than 6:00 pm EST on June 21st.  They’ll announce the winner/featured project right before the eTeam Picks Challenge that day.


  1. Annette what a really cool idea!! Love the spoon....well I love it all x

    Kaz x

  2. Love your spoon work! Great idea you've made a little piece of magic with that spoon and gorgeous canvas x

  3. oh I love this Annette! The details on your little house are fabulous and WOW on the numbers - they look awesome! That well loved and worn spoon is perfect - I can't believe the butterfly exactly fit - looks wonderful! What a great memento!

  4. How cool! What a super idea to use the spoon as a hanger. I love how you did your house # too. Great hanging!

  5. Darling! I absolutely love this idea! And the butterfly is such a perfect fit in the scoop, along with the words...just perfect!

  6. Wow Annette, fantastic project ! Love how you've used the spoon, a fabulous piece of art for your home ! Sue C x

  7. Now that's a fun way to include an altered spoon in a project. I love how worn it is...such a great contrast to the letters and butterfly. I love the house canvas with its sweet doorknob and knocker and the name plate. Very creative, Annette.

  8. This is simply fabulous. I would love to recreate this for my kitchen!

  9. Stunning the warm tones!!
    Big hugs

  10. Annette,
    So cute, and wonderful way to use the wooden spoon.

  11. oh wow what an awesome idea for a wooden spoon. I love this and will be CASEing this. The texture is awesome as are the colors. This will be just awesome hanging in the kitchen by the door or anywhere in the house. LOVE it.


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