Friday, 11 April 2014

Altered Art Bottle Swap

I mentioned on one of my earlier posts that I had signed up to take part in another swap hosted by Zuzu Petal's Altered Art N Stuff (http://zuzuspetalsstuff.blogspot.co.uk/).  This is my decorated bottle :o)



I started of with an empty alco-pop bottle (not mine I swear!) which I then painted with acrylic paint in a turquoise colour.  My original intention had been to create an underwater treasure bottle of a sort, but that isn't quite how it turned out as you can see!  Unfortunately I didn't remember to get a photo of it at this stage, before I'd covered it with a mix of pva glue and an oyster white paint.  By applying this mixture it didn't peel (in the same way my little altered cupboard did in an earlier post) it sort of 'dripped' down the bottle like candle wax, whilst also allowing glimpses of the turquoise through from underneath which gave it a really nice textured look and feel.  It didn't look anything like I'd wanted it to look - but I was really pleased with it so I just changed my theme!  I've changed it into a shabby chic wish bottle instead!



My next step was to apply Rub and Buff in Autumn Gold over the surface.  I wound some string around the base and a little way up the side, and then added some thin lace at the neck and shoulders of the bottle.   I also added some beads and a leather flower that I had saved from an old necklace.

 

Obviously the bottle needed a label!  So I took a cream piece of paper (about the same weight as watercolour paper) and stamped a sentiment 'Wish Upon a Star' - like the song - onto it using a Stampin Up ink pad - More Mustard.  I then blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads in Antique Linen and brushed corduroy across the surface and to the edges of the label.  I added a small wooden star-shaped button which I attached using a piece of copper wire.  I also added a flower embellishment to the base of the label, it was created using the Melt Pot with coloured UTEE which was then poured into a pastry cutter on an upturned script stamp; this gave a raised texture to the piece which I highlighted again using Rub and Buff.  Unfortunately it isn't as clear in the photo as I'd have liked.

  

The bottle top is from a local antique/junk shop (I live near Horncastle - sometimes known as the Antique Capital and often featured on Bargain Hunt) I had visited to find some little bits and bobs to alter and came across it just on one side without a bottle for a home.  As I was buying a few pieces - tins, thimbles etc the shop owner let me have it :o) All I did was to use a little of the same Rub and Bluff to tie it into the bottle I wanted it's originality to show through.


I'm really pleased with how my bottle turned out, although it is different from what I'd originally envisaged.  This has shown me yet again though that you can work through the challenges of things not going to plan and they can turn out great in the end.

My bottle is now on it's way to it's recipient and I'm looking forward to what I receive in return.  I shall of course post photos.

I've decided to enter this into the following challenges:

Our Creative Corner - With a Song in Your Heart - here:  http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/with-song-in-your-heart.html 'Wish Upon a Star';

Rhedd & Rosies Challenge Blog - Anything Goes -
here:  http://rheddandrosies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/anything-goes30th-challenge.html

Vintage Stamping Challenges, Anything Goes - here:
http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/?p=1410 ;

Altered Eclectic, Anything Goes - here : http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/pinch-punch-fist-day-of-month-lol.html ;

And

Pan Pastel Challenge Blog, Pretty Shabby Chic - here :
http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-11-pretty-shabby-chic.html?showComment=1396992746960 




19 comments:

  1. What a fabulous project. Thanks for joining in our Shabby Chic challenge at http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/
    Anjie

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit :o)

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  2. This is just fabulous...love how you have altered this bottle...
    Thank you for playing along in our challenge at Rhedd & Rosies...x

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    1. Hi Sandie - love your challenge blog, hope to play along again soon!

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  3. WOW! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/ - good luck!

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  4. What a fab project, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

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    1. Thanks Zoe - really enjoyed altering this!

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  5. Stunning project and love all the texture you have created. many thanks for joining in with the pan pastel "shabby chic" challenge (http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/).
    Lou x

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! Love this! Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x

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  7. A wonderful bottle, I bet the recipient is just going to love it! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge over at Our Creative Corner!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments Astrid!

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  8. Such a fabulous creation hun - Thank you for playing along over at Altered Eclectics this month.
    Elaine aka Ellapu
    Owner
    Altered Eclectics
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    Eclectic Ellapu

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  9. Beautiful bottle you created! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  10. Very cool altered bottle! Thank you so much for the very sweet comment you left on my blog about my CC3C triptych. I hope you'll get the chance to join us. <3 Candy

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  11. What a wonderful altered bottle...so cool! Thanks for visiting me!!!

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  12. What a fabulous altered bottle - great textures! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

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  13. That is a such a fun creative theme, bottles are such a cool shape to be altering

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