Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that this year brings you all good health and happiness. My first post for the New Year is for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge DT. As always the theme is Anything Goes, which is great as you get free range with your creativity!
This month we are sponsored by the fabulous "Things to Alter", who provide all sorts of fabulous MDF goodies at exceptionally good prices!

I decided to alter a glass bottle which I picked up for £1 in a local charity shop. As you can see it

was a misted glass with red neck,
 I began by giving it several coats of gesso until it was well and truly covered and looked more like a pottery bottle. I then painted the whole thing gold using DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint. It's the first time that I have used this and I have to say that I am very impressed with it. I then painted a layer of DecoArt crackle glaze all over and left it to dry. Once dry it was covered in DeoArt antiquing cream (black) and left to dry, then this was removed with a baby wipe. I repeated the last two steps three more times building up a patina of cracks and adding depth and texture with each coat. I then used DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush to bring up the gold in some areas and dragged Treasure Gold White Fire down the bottle to add coppery glints as well. 

To decorate I used a silicon mould of a swirl and also one of a rose.I poured Powertex into the moulds and left them to dry. I also found two white pearl leaf embellishments. All of these were buffed with Decoart Antiquing Cream in Patina Green and I deliberately left traces of it on to give an aged affect, they were also given a good amount of Antiquing Cream in black and a small amount of the Treasure Gold wax . The swirl was glued on to the neck of the bottle. I did the same with some bright pink flat back pearls which I have never found a use for! 
I also took a lovely metal embellishment and buffed it with the antiquing creams in Green and Black and the Treasure Gold. The powertex rose was glued on to the centre of metal embellishment and the leaves to the top and bottom of it. The pearls were added as studs around the bottle.

I used a bright silver aftershave bottle lid to finish off. This was sponged in DecoArt Black Fluid Media paint and also the gold. it was also daubed with the Treasure gold once dried and a flat back pearl was added to the centre to finish it off.

Finally I took a length of cord and a Tim Holtz Brass tag which says (appropriately enough!) "Altered", and hung it around the neck of the bottle.

I must admit I am really pleased with how it turned out. I meant to take more photos at different stages but it got difficult as I got messier and in the end I was too engrossed to remember!! will try harder next time!

Happy Crafting!
Denyse x
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BSCB #232 (weekly)


Andree said...

Your bottle looks amazing Denyse. I love how you've created the texture and the embellishments are wonderful xx

Cathy Clowes said...

This is stunning Denyse and looks like it was lots of fun to make too. Cathy x

Nicola Gold said...

Awesome bottle Denyse. I love altered art

Judy McKay said...

Stunning altered bottles. Love the crackle design and colours. Judy

Sonia said...

Good morning, What a fabulous altered bottle, looks amazing. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes challenge at Making Memories Crafting. We hope to see you again soon.

Crafty Sonia DT

Sall said...

OH wow, this is one of the best things I have seen altered in a long time. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and b sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

Lys Scrap said...

Great textures and a fabulous altered bottle in the end!

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

A stunning project Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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The Altered Paper said...

Beautiful building of texture, and the patina you have created is gorgeous! Your altered bottle is stunning!

NanaConnie said...

I absolutely love this, Denyse! Fabulous repurpose for that delightful bottle. Great shape! OK, while I'm here, let me put on a DT hat -- Thanks so much for joining us at Ike's World for our first January challenge. Good luck in the draw.
NanaConnie DT

MarĂ­a Pilar said...

I love altered art. Your bottle is a great job.
Thanks for joining us at Making Memories Crafting Challenge.
Maria Pilar DT

heather said...

Fantastic job altering this jar ! Thank you for taking the time to jot down the steps as well as products used and for sharing with us at Making Memories Craft Challenge.

Craftyfield said...

Wow, I'd be pleased too with that gorgeous bottle! The texture is fab and the colour so rich... Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

Wheelie Crafty said...

Denyse what a Stunning altered bottle. Love the texture you have created....

Hugs xxx

Wanda said...

This bottle went from dusty old to fabulous and new!!! Great job creating this gorgeous piece! Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Wanda DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Annette Stapylton said...

Wow fabulous work on this Bottle. Well done. I love it.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Loose Stitches said...

WOW, fabulous altered bottle! Thank you for joining us at Making Memories Crafting!
~Sherry DT x

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Lisa DT for:-

Jane Royston said...

This is fantastic Denyse!! Love all the cracking and antiquing you have done, a fab charity shop find, Jane :) xx

Monika Gulyas said...

Wonderful alteration! Thank you for joining the January challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

ike said...

That's amazing - what a wonderful transformation.
Thank you for coming to play at IkesWorld Challenges.


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Pat said...

Gorgeous! I love altered art and am in the middle of altering a jewelry box cover into a frame for a 3D canvas. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Ike's World Challenge Blog.

Susan Renshaw said...

Love your altered bottle!
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Elaine aka Ellapu said...

I love altering bottles and yours is gorgeous love all the cracked texture - love it Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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Sammy said...

this is a beautiful alteration. Love it! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics this month. Sammy-x