Friday 1 January 2016

Inspired by Bottles for Country View Craft

Hello all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wow, can you believe it, it's 2016!
Well, apart from anything else, it's time for a new challenge over at Country View Crafts.
To ring in the new year Brenda has chosen the theme "Inspired by Bottles"
I decided to take the theme literally. I have so often been inspired by some of the amazing altered bottles I have seen on Pinterest for instance, that I decided to alter one myself.
I made a fairly similar one a while back and thought I would repeat the process and refine it somewhat on the way. I have a few step by step photos....
I purchased this vintage look bottle in my local super market, and though I quite it as it is, I thought it would be perfect for altering as it has a good flat surface on both sides.
I used Decoart Chalky Finish paints for the base and top layer of my bottle. I started with a layer of Gesso, then added some texture paste in random places and when everything was dry I gave it a coat of brown.
Next followed two different types of crackle medium, both by Decoart, Americana Weathered Wood, and Americana Decor Crackle Medium. Each of these gives a slightly different crackle effect. By applying it thicker in some places and thinner in others, some areas are smoother than others. The colour of the bottle was achieved by giving it a top coat of Americana Chalky Finish Paint in the colour Vintage. I warmed it up a bit with Quin. Gold fluid acrylics and some Umber Antiquing cream.
Here is a close up of the crackle, but I wanted some different textures too so added bits of cheese cloth and embossing powders to certain areas also.
Now for the decoration, - I decided to use a bottle stamp to decorate one of the sides of my bottle, this one is from Graphics 45. I fussy cut it and then coloured with Distress Inks.
Here is a closer look at the colouring, I forgot to take a picture before adhering it to the bottle.
Below you can see what it looks like after I finished my bottle with some other embellishments (lace, some chain, some pearl string and a flower) I adhered everything with a hot glue gun

Here is the one side

And here the other side. This side was decorated with a rice paper vintage label that I happened to have in my stash.

Well, that's it for now, I will have another project later today for Mixed Media Monthly, but meanwhile, don't forget to visit the Countryview Crafts Challenge blog and see some incredible bottle inspired makes from my team mates. Plenty of inspiration. Of course we all hope you will play along with our first challenge of the year. You will find all the details on the blog!

Thank you for you visit, - I really hope you are enjoying the festive season and will find some time to relax too! Happy New Year to you all!!!


Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic alteration, happy New Year, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

What a fantastic project Astrid! AMAZING!
Happy New Year!

chrissie said...

A stunning alteration and a bottle that would look fantastic in a stately home bedroom.

Have a happy and healthy 2016 dear Astrid

Love Chrissie x

Meggymay said...

A stunning alteration Astrid.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Yvonne xx

Dorthe said...

Happy New Year dear Astrid , and thank you for showing your stunning bottle. Love the texture, and the sweetness of the pearls around the neck !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Kathy Bradley said...

Gorgeous - I have bottles waiting to be altered - just need to do it!

Elizabeth said...

What a terrific project to start off the New Year! So many gorgeous layers of texture, and beautiful embellishments!

rachel said...

This is absolutely awesome Astrid - I adore this! So much detail and brilliant step by step - love it! Happy New Year to you! Hugs rachel x

Jackie PN said...

So beautiful Astrid! I love that you used the chalky paints- they look gorgeous on your bottle! I also love the use of the embossing-brilliant! So vintagy and romantic!
xo Jackie

Maryann Laursen said...

Such an awesome project here Astrid. I have a few recycled bottles here, that I´ve saved too because I wanted to try this, and maybe now is the time for that? I really love, how yours has turned out, so beautiful and perfect as all you ever do.
A very HAppy New Year to you too hun, I hope, you´ve had a wonderful holiday with your family and I really hope, that 2016 will be an amazing year for you with nothing but LOVE, LAUGHTER, FUN, JOY and GOOD HEALTH for all of you, and I look forward to follow your journey and get inspired by all your wonderful work this year too.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This just rocks Astrid!! Love how you achieve the crackle on your projects .. it always looks fantastic!! A beautiful, vintage alteration!! Wishing you and your family all the very best for the New Year and looking forward to lots more inspiration from you!! love and hugs xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Astrid! This is the most amazing transformation! Such a fabulous vintage feel too it and gorgeous texture! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Chrisx

Terry said...

Oh I have a nice little collection of bottles for altering and your bottle is so inspiring, Astrid! I so love all the gorgeous texture and embellishments! I have got to get crafty!!! Happy New Year! Hugs!

Words and Pictures said...

How gorgeous this is! I can't believe you've not altered bottles before - I would've thought it would be right up your street, and the results here suggest I'm right... I hope we'll see more. Beautiful vintage labels and fabulous textures and crackle.
Alison xx

Barbara said...

Amazing alteration! your bottle is stunning! Happy New Year Astrid! Barbarayaya

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, you really are part magician and part genius! I love your beautiful textures on this, it's totally stunning, and I love the lace and beads - they just add that touch of perfection.

Julia Aston said...

Love how you altered this beautifully shaped bottle Astrid - the colors, crackle, lace, pearls and chains - all make for a lovely piece! Julia xx

Almo said...

This is beautiful Astrid, I love the addition of the cheesecloth amongst the crackle is a wonderful texture. The lace and beads around the neck make it look very soft and feminine also. Mo x

Gaby Bee said...

What a fantastic project, Astrid! This bottle is absolutely stunning. Love the grungy look!

Marisa Job said...

Another beautiful creation!!! Love it!! Happy New Year!!

Jenny Marples said...

Such delicious texture over this Astrid. I love the bottle to start with but all that crackle and the touches of cheesecloth and lace truly add to it's beauty. Happy New Year! Jenny x

Deb said...

So beautiful Astrid, amazing textures and layers and love the colours you have used! Thanks for sharing it and wishing you and yours joy in this New Year! Deb xo

Rupa Swaminathan said...

This is Bbeautiful Astrid...makes me want to try one! Lovely warm vintage colors and eeffects. Thanks for sharing the process.

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