Today I have for you a brand new altered project of mine – a typewriter for finnabair
This is something very special for me, a unique object with a soul of its own.
In general, I love to give second life to things – why? Apart from it being a very eco thing to do, I also love the idea of giving ordinary objects a completely new purpose, a new destiny of sorts.
So today I have for you a brand new altered project of mine – a typewriter!
Apart from having a beautiful artsy typewriter at home, I also had this idea to treat it as a kind of an original display for photos.
I can already feel that this thing will be the very heart of my studio and home.
If you want to see how I altered my typewriter, there’s a step by step video waiting for you below.
First, I of course started with thorough cleaning and drying and then covered everything with Heavy White Gesso.
I love all kinds of distressing effects so you will see how I used different media to create a vintage, time-worn look for my machine.
The best products to achieve this kind of effect are Finnabair’s new Art Alchemy Brilliance Waxes (I used Fire Ruby); here I combined them with new Sparks Acrylic Paints (Fairy Wings and Raven Black).
Thanks to these products I easily managed to give my typewriter a distinctive character of its own. They have a beautiful shine and I must admit I fell in love with the Waxes and Sparks right away.
I wanted to created some special textured touches so in some spots I used Modeling Paste and Graphite Art Extravagance Texture Paste through different stencils.
To add even more interesting texture, I recommend trying out new Finnabair’s Stone Effect Paste – I used Pumice applied with a silicone brush here and there.
I stamped a canvas strips (making a cute ribbon this way) with some of my favorite inspiring sentiments from Finnabair’s stamps sets.
I also used the stamps to do some freehand stamping here and there on the whole machine.
I love all kinds of 3D elements to decorate my art with so of course I couldn’t resist adding them here.
The metal embellishments add a scpecial kind of charm to my typewriter and really emphasize its vintage beauty.
There are also stickers on the keyboard – I put a bit of gel medium on them which created a sort of a glass effect with a pretty glossy shine. You can also get ready made ‚buttons’ like that – check out Finnabair’s Typewriter Words and Numbers.
The spaces between the buttons are filled with cheescloth and sisal fibers.
A delicate final touch of green Sparks paints and copper Wax – I’m not too keen on green and red but somehow they worked perfectly here.
Finally, everything was ready to place my family photos.
I hope you’ll enjoy it and if you have any questions at all, please leave them in the comments.