Altered bottle and
by Sue Smyth
Today I am sharing a new project, altered bottles!
Yes I know the idea of altering bottles
has been around for a while.
But with all of the new products around these
days and of course Imaginarium Chipboard
you can really glam them up.
I have altered Imagninarium chipboard butterflies
to sit on the front of the bottle.
In keeping with my bug theme this year,
I have altered a plastic bug to place on the
centre of the butterflies
The rest of the bottle surface is altered with
layers of paint, and crackle.
See below for a step by step.
I also wanted to do another version with a
window in it to see a
butterfly vignette inside.
To alter the butterflies I have
used the same techniques used
in my February post
And I have altered a foam craft bird to side
cheekily on top.
You can see the altered butterfly nestling
inside the bottle on
a bed of spanish moss.
The finished bottle
To altered the bottle, first paint
with black gesso and allow to dry.
Then paint with crackle medium
I have used Viva Facetten-Lack here.
A little tip, it will dry much much quicker
if put in front of a fan on full speed!!!
In this instance I have used a bottle that
has an existing raised pattern
to form a nice background.
with Teal Dylusions acrylic paint.
Use a foam brush to paint, so you
do not get the paint into the cracks, as
you want them to stay black.
Now rub over
with Inka Gold paints, gold, turquoise and purple.
Keep layering until you are happy with the look.
I have sometimes added a spritz of a turquoise
glimmer mist too, to help the mediums blend.
To add glitter to the stopper and rim
Cover the area you want glittered with Dimensional Magic
and dip into a pot of gold glitter.
Wipe off the excess so the stopper
can still be inserted properly.
Use rubber bands to adhere the chipboard
to the curve of the bottle.
When dry simply snip the off !
I have added 3 mm pearls and 2mm rhinestones to the neck
of the bottle with a little dab of extra glue.
Next I have created a small canvas with the
same layered butterfly effect as above.
I have started with a 20 x 20 cm chipboard square
which I have then covered with a layer of gel medium and paper towel.
The chipboard butterfly has Bo bunny glitter pasted added to it
and allowed to dry. See below for a step by step.
Then I have layered over an acetate butterfly
for colour and a vial filled with seed beads and a
tiny butterfly bead.
Use a little dimensional magic
squirted into the vial to keep
the beads stable.
I love the cicada, spray paint or apply black gesso
to a plastic bug. then when dry
rub over with gold paint and coloured
inka gold mediums.
keep working until you are happy with the result.
A little tip, use 2 or more colours on the one bug for
a rainbow effect
I have done the same thing to a little resin face
I made myself.
The large clock is embossed with gold embossing powder
then a row of gold rhinestones is adhered to the
Wrap black fibres around the vial, when
all the glue is dry.
I have also used many filigree metal trinkets for
a lovely layered effect
Once the turquoise Bo Bunny glitter paste is dry
apply the Flitter glue, smearing over
Apply your choice of Mega Flakes.
Remove the excess Mega Flakes with a scourer.
Add purple glitter to the top, for extra sparkle.
Happy Crafting !