Sunday, 5 July 2015

My Shimmery Feet

Hello Crafty peeps…
Welcome to my page and I have a special project to share to day!
This is my submission project for Colour Arte as they are having a DT call.

 I have always loved playing with paints and what if I can re cycle, alter and do a 3D project all the same time, then it’s a creative delight. Well, the icing on the cake is that it is functional too!
I have never shied from hoarding trash and have never been stingy in giving them a makeover too! Today’s re cycled item too is one that I have hoarded for a long time now. One that you see in your hotel rooms and I dint dare to use it, instead got a few pairs home to alter them…
You want to see what it is? The good old…
Yes, this is the blank canvas I started with and this is how it looks after the grand makeover.

Now, over to the steps in this transformation. Please sit back for a lengthy post and am sure you will enjoy this!
I gave a stiffener inside the foot flap with an empty cereal carton chipboard to make a surface workable.
Covered the front flap with tissue paper(that you get with shirt packaging). Once that was dry, I started building up the textures on it.
I used TCW bricks stencil and modeling paste for random textures, few strips of dry wall tape and then took out a strand of micro beads from a broken neck piece! I have been so happy to part with a fav accessory of mine, lol! Than came a coat of gesso and my canvas was ready to take the paints!
You can see the yummy textures of the tissue paper, stencil bricks, dry wall tape and the beads here!
I decided to make my own shimmery sprays with metallic acrylic colors and the good old mini mister. I mixed a little water and made my customized set of colors. Sadly, I don’t own any colour arte products but on the flip side, I adventured making my own color sprays and I really liked what happened!
I started with the lightest color, shimmery yellow and let it run down naturally. 
Once that was dry I moved to metallic green and then finally the blue. I played around with these colors until I liked what I saw.
 I also rubbed in some metallic blue paint directly on the beads and also “washed off” some colors from the center to have a distressed look.
Time for some random stamping with Bo Bunny script and number stamps. I also did some color splats with pearl white, pearl black and pearl red paint. I rubbed archival black ink around the edges for depth.
 I cut a piece of PP from Ideology “Lost and found” paper pack to decorate the slipper base and have inked the edges with faded jeans DI and archival black. I have used Heidi's Swap honey comb stencil and modelling paste to give texture here.
Time for embellishments! I stuffed in some scrap paper into the flap pocket and then some coconut coir to make a nice big platform for the birdie to stay! The ferns falling are all die cuts from Tattered lace and CLD olive branches, all which have been inked and molded for dimension.
The birdie on the little basket with eggs is a gift from a crafty friend and am glad it found the perfect spot o sit! The little pine cones are picks from my European holiday! I have applied some pearl white in the edhed for some shiner. It is sad that the photographs don’t do justice to the shimmery colors.
The flowers are all hand made using Joy crafts die and TH tattered florals die. The sentiment is from KaiserKraft and I wanted this to be a reminder everyday when I see this project. We often forget to do so!
I told you this was functional too right apart from being a décor piece…well I cut some white printer paper and stamped this lovely vintage book page with Whimsy stamps. A colored wooden peg that says “embrace “ is the finishing touch and some jute twine to make this piece hanging from the wall.

That is it…an up cycled, altered, functional 3D project that makes a lovely décor piece and a memorable gift too, any takers???

As I told you this is my submission project, I thank you all taking the time to visit my blog today and do let me know what you think about this altered slipper!  Definitely doesn’t look like Grandmas BIG FEET now, lol! Your comments make my day. Keeping my fingers crossed for the selection, I need all your wishes.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.


  1. Hey rupa . Who else cud think of this than you!! Awesome outcome. Textures are too good.

  2. Wow Rupa, who would have ever thought to alter a slipper!! You are so creative and the transformation is absolutely brilliant! I love the texture and amazing summery palette! The foliage and flowers are so beautiful and that bird is just my favourite bit!! Best of luck to you with the design team call. hugs :)

  3. Wow Rupa. You have the most amazing altered art ideas I've ever seen and this one packs s punch too. All the very best for the DT call. Hugs 😀

  4. Oh my goodness, Rupa - what an inspired idea for altering! Gorgeous work!
    Alison xx

  5. WOW Rupa! This is amazing and good luck too with your submission.
    Linda xxx

  6. Wow rupa brilliant work ....all the best for DT call

  7. I think if you are given a stone you will definetly make it beautifull too..I loved the textured you have created on the cloth base and fab idea to make your own shimmery paints n mist :)

  8. Very cool, I would never have thought to do this, a great entry, good luck!

  9. Another altered slipper...fabulous Rupa...and all the best for the DT call
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  10. Wow Rupa, I love it !!!.......and do I hear you looking for someone to gift this beauty .....nudge...nudge...hint ...hint :D, good luck dear friend !!

  11. very fun project, thanks for your interest in the Colourarte DT

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  13. That is AMAZING! I never would have thought to use a slipper in this way...excellent project

  14. Only you Rupa would have the genius idea of altering a pair of slippers to stunning results. Hope your lucky with your DT application. Good luck.
    Julie x

  15. This is an amazing transformation, from a slipper to a gorgeous piece of art.
    Good luck with the DT call.
    Yvonne xx

  16. What an absolutely gorgeous alteration Rupa and so clever too...Love all the beautiful elements you have added here from the textures to colors and all embellishment too ...Best of luck for the DT call :)