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Lost Tooth Collage

Day 4 of May Arts / Petaloo Blog week

Lost Tooth Collage

Hello my fellow May Arts readers!  What fun this week is joining May Arts with Petaloo.  Have you ever had one of those ah-ha moments?  Well, I did the other day, and I'm going to share it with you.  My youngest lost her first tooth so of course we need to make some memories of it.  I love the versatility of art canvas, but I've never thought to turn it around and use the back side until the other day when I had some things laying around and set them in the back side of the canvas.  So, here we go. 



I got thinking about fairies since when you lose a tooth who else visits but the tooth fairy.  What could be better suited for this than Graphic 45's Once Upon a Spring Time collection with an assortment of fairies,   some delicious embellishments from the lovely Petaloo, and gorgeous May Arts ribbon.

Supplies used include:  10X20, 4X4, 4X5 art canvas, 5X5 wooden frame, small open square and circular frames, acrylic paint, fluid chalk, distress ink, glue, hooks, Petaloo embellishments

And May Arts Ribbon…

Q71 1.5", UK32 1.5", 389-18-46 1/8", 372-1-06 1"



 First I cut a fairy to fit in the frame.  I then used fluid chalk and distress ink to color my frame.



 Next, I tore some of the scrapbook paper and used the distress ink to age it some.  I tore it at an angle as you can see above.



 I painted my art canvas pieces and on the bigger one I used the distress ink again around the edges.  On the smaller two I used glitter spray mist over my paint.  For the wooden M I used some brown fluid chalk and then used the glitter spray mist to coat over it.  I embellished with flowers and ribbon and glued every thing in place.



 Here are a few close up views.  It's a little hard to see but I trimmed the small oval and square frame with the 1/8" velvet ribbon.  I also put ribbon over the scrapbook paper, under the picture on the 4×5 canvas.



 A close up of the wooden M.  No paint, just fluid chalk and glitter spray mist.



I love how it turned out.  My thoughts are to possibly add wooden flowers underneath with pictures as she loses her other baby teeth.  We shall see.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and it inspires you to think backwards at times!  Wink, wink!!




  1. Cheryl Cohen

    What a sweet and creative project! Thank you for showing off our flowers so well too!

  2. Sue D

    Very clever idea and it came out beautifully!

  3. DeniseB

    Great idea!

  4. Kristie Maynard

    Adorable project. Hope the fairy brought something wonderful for your little gal!

  5. Beth W

    This is just stunning-what a gorgeous project.You are one gifted artist!

  6. Brittani

    Wonderful! Just love this project! TFS!

  7. Carol

    Super cute, my son lost his first tooth last week! He was over the top excited about it and couldn’t wait for the tooth fairy!

  8. Charlene

    Just adorable!

  9. Melinda Wilson

    Awesome idea and I love how this turned out! So cute.

  10. jengd

    Beautiful! I LOVE the way you used the back-side of the canvas- very creative.

  11. Lisa

    what a great way to preserve those memories and those photos are so precious. Beautiful job!

  12. Hilarie C

    Very beautiful, a unique way to remember the lose of her first tooth. Love it.

  13. sue w.

    what a great keepsake of your daugher.
    stamping sue

  14. Agnieszka

    Wow!!!! This is awesome. I love the all fairies!!!!

  15. Katie B.

    I was ogling the Petaloo products and ribbon and now I am checking out how you used it in your project. I love how you put your color palette together, thanks for showing us the process. I love the Petaloo butterflies throughout, they look really good. I also love the velvet ribbon with the flower on it wrapping around your picture. Such a great job! Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.


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