Friday, July 1, 2016

Message in a Bottle

Hello my peeps!
It's that time again.  You got it, it's time for another awesome bragging-rites challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  This months' themes are the "Anything Goes" and the "Beach".  I have to say, I wasn't paying attention very well last month because I did a beach card for last month's challenge for my "summer" theme...duh!!!  Well, when I realized the error of my ways, I had to come up with something really good for this month.   First, I decided that I would do something dimensional.  I'd been eyeing some things on Pinterest and YouTube for a couple weeks and I came up with an idea for altered bottle project.  Since this was my first attempt at altering a glass bottle, I thought I'd better start small (lol).  And let me just say, I'm glad I did.  It was a lot of fun creating my project but it was time consuming and it was messy!  My warning to anyone-if you are an instant gratification type crafter...step away from the altered bottles...  My goal was to make the bottle look very old, tarnished, and rustic, like it might have washed up on the "beach" from far away.   I really like how it turned out.  

Okay, now for the supplies I used...I started out with a very nice neat list of stuff that I used as I was going along, but some how it got lost in all the mess of my craftroom when I was creating the project (Some where between the workstation, craft table, and my desk).  And before you know it, I'd forgotten that I stopped writing things on the list (urrrrh)!   Sadly, this happens to me a lot (lol).  When I'm in my craftroom, my mind just goesssssssss.  I might start out in one direction and totally end up somewhere else.  I just grab stuff and see how it suits the project I'm creating at that moment and if I think it adds to where my mind is at that time, then it's in the project (lol).  With that being said, I am going to try my best to tell you what I used to create this little bottle.  

The bottle was a clear glass bottle from Hobby Lobby ($1.99).  Originally, I used to Krylon Metalic Gold spray paint and covered it but I didn't like how it turned out.  I then decided to layer on some texture by using mesh, and some metal embellishments, and some flowers.  I put on 2  coats of Gesso.  After the Gesso was dry (I let it sit overnight).  Then, I took my hot glue gun and added the lines and Xs.  I wanted the colours to be a blue-green for a patina effect. Alllll-righty! we're cooking now folks... I started out using some Tattered Angels sprays; however, they were too light and too shimmery.  I needed something that was going to give a deeper richer colour.  I used Tim Holtz distress stains peeled paint and broken china applied them with a sponge.  I used some Baroque Art Guilder's Paste (German Silver) and Perfect Paints-Shimmering Matte Acrylics (#1008 Bright Gold), then dusted the bottle with Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo. It took some doing and quite a bit of trial and error but I got to where I was trying go finally.   The other supplies used in my scenery are sea shells, sand, and netting from Hobby Lobby and some autumn coloured pearls from JoAnn's.  I made a little message in the bottle.  My inspiration came from one of my favorite movies called "Message in a Bottle" with Kevin Costner (that man is still fine as ever)!!  Took some patterned paper that I had in my stash, inked with Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and Antique Linen, used Stampin' UP! En Fran├žois back ground stamp, distressed and tattered the edges and stuck down in the bottle.  Well, that's the scoop... Until next time... I hope to see in our June challenge at Eclectic Ellapu; good luck!

Of course you know there has always got to be a fleur-de-lys somewhere on my project (lol).

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