Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Frame It or Fill It with Circular Shapes - Altered Tin - by Claudia

Servus, hi and thanks so much for stopping by! 

Claudia here again to share another inspirational project and video tutorial with you! 
This month's theme for the Creative Team has been "Frame It or Fill It With Circular Shapes" and as I just love to create and use circular shapes in my mixed media art, I immediately had an idea on what to use and which kind of patterns I'd like to create...it only took me several days to decide on which substrate to work...

Finally, I stumbled across an old gingerbread tin while tidying up my studio and I thought that would make for great new brush storage on my desk once it would have been altered and turned into a mixed media tin. 

This is the result and I really like it a lot because of all the layers and beautiful patterns I managed to create. 

Here's a view from a different side...

I have used the following StencilGirl stencils (they are being shown in the video but not by name, so I am adding the list with the names and links to the shop here): 

- "The Sky's the Limit" Stencil Club Kit - July 2015 by Mary C. Nasser (all three stencils)
- Clustered Leaves stencil by Cecilia Swatton

On top of some of the larger pattern design stencils I've used circular-shaped self-made (=die cut) masks. This way you can turn any stencil into a circular shaped design if you like to. The video shows how this is done (and also lists all the paints and products I've used). I've also used one of my favorite circular-shaped substrates to work on - circular shaped used, dried and emptied tea bags! These add a lovely texture to your mixed media projects! You really should give these a try if you haven't done so already ;)

This close up shows one of these teabags "in action" on the finished project. 

And here's the promised video tutorial! Enjoy!

I hope you liked the video and the altered tin! Thanks for watching and have fun playing with circular shapes! 

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. Love your circle and color choices! Cute, useful project!

  2. Fantastic!! Love the use of tea bags!

  3. Great project. I like the way it turned out. Thanks for the video!

    1. Thanks for the lovely feed-back, Annette! Much appreciated! xxx

  4. Haha, I just recently forced myself to stop hoarding tin cans, but now I’m gonna have to start up again, lol. I love this!


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