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Thursday, July 3, 2014

July ePlay Challenge - Altered Bottles

Hi everyone, Julia here - for my first time hosting the 1st Thursday of the month ePlay Challenge -  and I challenge you to Alter a Bottle!  It can be glass, plastic, big or small -  I just want to see how you will take it from plain to WOW!

I started my project with a triangle shaped, clear glass bottle with a cork stopper in it from Michaels that cost $1.00.  It measures about 2 1/2"x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" high.
And here is how I turned it into 'WOW'!
I learned this crackling technique from Wendy Vecchi, when I took her class at Kim's brick and mortar eclectic Paperie shop in Exeter, NH.  We didn't make one that day - but Wendy had two on display and she explained her technique to me.  You start by covering the bottle with a paste -  I used Wendy's Silver Embossing paste.
After that's dry - you cover it with Wendy's Crackled Texture Paste (if you don't use the embossing paste first - the crackle will peel right off after it drys!)
After the crackle dried - I sponged over the whole bottle with 3 Ranger Distress ink colors - Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and Gathered Twigs.
I took the floral border from Industrious Stickers/Borders and inked it with 3 Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Stonewashed, Rust and Lettuce.  I dried it with my heat tool and adhered it along the base of the bottle.  I added ScorTape to it even though it already has adhesive just to give it a sticking boost against the inked crackled surface!
I wanted to hang something around the neck of my bottle and I had just purchased some Idea-ology Fragments/Charms.  I thought I remembered that Tim Holtz had a technique for using them in one of his Compendium of Curiosities - and sure enough, I found it on page 55 of his first book.
First you pounce ink on the charm using the felt applicator and some Adirondack Alcohol inks.  I used the same ones I used on my Industrious Border above -  Stonewashed, Rust and Lettuce.
Then you put some Alcohol Blending Solution on a corner of the felt applicator and touch it to the center of the charm - that makes the ink flow away - so you want to blow on it once it clears out just the center area to stop it from clearing all the way to the edges.  You can add more color to the edges if you want after this step.
Next I ran a thin line of Glossy Accents around the edges of the inked side of the charm and laid it over the image I wanted to frame.  Once it was dry I cut around the edges.  The butterfly is on a sheet of paper from the Tim Holtz Ideology Paper Stash 8x8" Collage pad.
Look how beautiful it looks - and it's such a simple technique!  I looped a piece of Linen Ribbon through the hole and tied it around the neck of the bottle.  I knotted a shorter piece of Linen Ribbon just above the charm and spread out the ends - I love the wonderful texture that gives to the ribbon!
I used Glossy Accents to adhere the Charm to the bottle - I didn't want it swinging around or loosening the ribbon.
Here's a close up of the inking on the Border Sticker - and you can see the Silver Embossing paste showing through the cracks of the paste better on the next two photos.
Here's a close up of the lovely Linen Ribbon with it's pulled apart ends.
A side view of the bottle -  I left the two sides plain - wanting to show off the wonderful crackle and also to appreciate the beauty of the charm on the front!
And here is my pretty little bottle in use as a vase -  as soon as I finished my bottle - I rushed out to my front garden and cut a few things that were blooming to see how they would look - here are a few pics!  Here it is filled with a stem from Solomon's Seal and Goldenstar blooms.
Here's my vase with a big orange marigold and a Solomon's Seal stem.
And a final variation of blooms - Goldenstar and Dianthus.
My little flower filled bottle is now proudly sitting on my kitchen windowsill where I can enjoy it each morning before I leave for work!
I can't wait to see what kind of bottle you choose to alter and what techniques you use to take it from plain to WOW! 

If you would like to "Alter a Bottle" we would love to see your creations. There is a generous $25 gift certificate for Kim's fabulous eclectic Paperie Shop, for one lucky winner.  You have the whole month of July to get your project done and add it to Mr. Linky at the end of this post!

Thanks so much for stopping by the eclectic Paperie Blog today -  where every day a member of the Design Team posts something inspirational!

Paper:  Idea-ology Paper Stash 8"x8" Collage
Ink:  Ranger Distress Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Adirondack Alcohol Inks Stonewashed, Rust, Lettuce and Alcohol Blending Solution
Accessories:  Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Silver Embossing Paste and Crackle Texture Paste.  Idea-ology Fragments/Charms, Linen Ribbon, Industrious Stickers/Borders; Glossy Accents, ScorTape.


Rupa Swaminathan said...

This is breathtakingly beautifu
! The crackle effect, the colors, the charm arecall WOW! And the floral display is just the icing on the cake! What an got me thinking now!

Cathy said...

Stunning project, TFS how you created it, Cathy x

LeAnne said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I just saved a little glass mustard seed you've got my mind going! Although I have NONE of those products, LOL! You might just be an enabler! Beautiful creation and you should be proud of it!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous. Love the different display options as well

Redanne said...

Such a gorgeous transformation Julia! I love the colours you chose and the butterfly is an absolute delight. As for the crackling - wow! This is a stunning piece...

toni said...

This is just gorgeous! Totally love your crackled effect , and the colours are fabulous it looks iridescent, love the little tag and border details too x

Jenny Marples said...

Breathtakingly stunning Julia! The whole thing is superb. I love the colour combo for the altered Industrial sticker band and that fragment is a gem! Make sure Wendy sees this :) Jenny x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Absolutely gorgeous work, Julia!!Especially,Love the texture

Sherry Cheever said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love every little detail . . . heck I love the entire piece!!

Debbie Sherman said...

So pretty!

Sue Lelli said...

OMGOSH, Julia! I HAD to pop in to tell you how absolutely GORGEOUS this bottle is! LOVE the colors! LOVE the techniques! Fantastic creation and challenge idea! Happy July 4th!

Unknown said...

Wow and Wow Julia! This is gorgeous and I love the colors you used plus the crackle looks amazing!!! LOVE it! x

mamablitger said...

Julia you are so talented ! Oh gosh... LOVE your transformed bottle with each of the fab details !! The crackle technique, the butterfly sign, the ribbons...
I adore this project !! And I'm so happy I saw your pretty work.
Great challenge EP set up this month... Wohooo. Hope to find time, energy etc to join !!! Already soaked several ideas... Lol
Sending hugs and more thank you from SPAIN

JulesinParadise said...

LOVE your bottle...and all the techniques. I loaded my altered bottle...Found Object...hope I put it in the right place.

Art By Wanda said...

Your bottle is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rea' said...

I love it... you made it look so easy !

Kittie said...

Broni, this is absolutely stunning. What a wonderful technique. Thank you so much for this step by step tutoral.

Sambobud said...

The colors on this are fabulous! It reminds me of roman glass - beautiful!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so gorgeous and such a wonderful technique you have showcased! I absolutely love it!

Lucy x

Unknown said...

I have already designed a glass ar like this 1 a few weeks ago