How to Alter an Embroidery Hoop

Show off your pretty mixed media page with an embroidery hoop border! Using Art Anthology paints, sprays and stencils makes adorable decoration!

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How to Alter an Embroidery Hoop
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First I chose a nice neutral 12x12 paper to base my work on. I traced around the hoop to show where the edge would be.

First I chose a nice neutral 12x12 paper to base my work on. I traced around the hoop to show where the edge would be.

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Now a nice coat of Gesso and dry it with your heat tool.

Now a nice coat of Gesso and dry it with your heat tool.

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Using my Bubble Stencil, I applied some texture in a few spots and dried it with my heat tool.

Using my Bubble Stencil, I applied some texture in a few spots and dried it with my heat tool.

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Instead of using texture paste, I used Pixie Sorbet Paint with my Blossom Stencil for texture!

Instead of using texture paste, I used Pixie Sorbet Paint with my Blossom Stencil for texture!

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Next I used my finger & rubbed in some Brick Stone Effects Paint around in the bubbles texture. Leave some spots thick to how off the awesome gritty texture the stone effects paints has!

Next I used my finger & rubbed in some Brick Stone Effects Paint around in the bubbles texture. Leave some spots thick to how off the awesome gritty texture the stone effects paints has!

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Now I fill in the blank spots with some Glorious Colorations Spray, add a couple sprays of water to spread it out more, and dried it with my heat tool.

Now I fill in the blank spots with some Glorious Colorations Spray, add a couple sprays of water to spread it out more, and dried it with my heat tool.

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Now let's blend the reds in a little bit. I added drops of Indulgence Minx Shimmering Ink, and sprayed a little more water over the area.

Now let's blend the reds in a little bit. I added drops of Indulgence Minx Shimmering Ink, and sprayed a little more water over the area.

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The water helps thin the minx and helps spead the color.

The water helps thin the minx and helps spead the color.

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Drying with a heat tool gives the watered down areas a super effect!

Drying with a heat tool gives the watered down areas a super effect!

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The shimmer from the minx is stunning!

The shimmer from the minx is stunning!

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For more interest I'm adding a few bits of print with a stamp and a black ink pad.

For more interest I'm adding a few bits of print with a stamp and a black ink pad.

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Looking good!

Looking good!

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To match the wood title of my piece, I sprayed the lower parts of my butterflies with the Glorious spray as well.

To match the wood title of my piece, I sprayed the lower parts of my butterflies with the Glorious spray as well.

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I decide where the photo mat looks best, and add title, gluing them down with Fabri-tac glue.

I decide where the photo mat looks best, and add title, gluing them down with Fabri-tac glue.

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Now, gather your embellishments and play around with where you want things to go! Glue them down with fabri-tac, too.

Now, gather your embellishments and play around with where you want things to go! Glue them down with fabri-tac, too.

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Now here's where you make everything look perfectly finished....Add some 3D gel paste in a few spots and add black micro beads!

Now here's where you make everything look perfectly finished....Add some 3D gel paste in a few spots and add black micro beads!

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Last but not least, I like to add some tiny splatters of a couple of the paints I used.

Last but not least, I like to add some tiny splatters of a couple of the paints I used.

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All done! Hope you enjoyed the process and are inspired to try it out yourself!!

All done! Hope you enjoyed the process and are inspired to try it out yourself!!

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