Monday, March 21, 2016

Altered bottle and 
Captured Canvas 
by Sue Smyth 

Hi all
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.

Then paint
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.

Captured Canvas

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 
outer edge

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
each wing.

Apply your choice of Mega Flakes.

Remove the excess Mega Flakes with a scourer. 

Add purple glitter to the top, for extra sparkle.

Imaginarium Chipboard 

Happy Crafting !


  1. Cool technique
    and lovely work.
    Carla from Utah

  2. Great work and thanks so much for sharing how to do something similar!

  3. Oh dear... Todays art items are amazing... Gosh I love the altered bottles ! And the canvas with a clock. So full of details. Pretty colors. You really inspired me by your awesome work.
    Thank you so MUCH for sharing. And thank you for the added tutorial.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  4. Oh my! I am sure that I can hear the Angels in Heaven singing their praise over these gorgeous creations! Your altered bottles are divine! All the beautiful little details are just magical and your canvas makes my heart go BOOM BOOM BOOM! Deliciousness!!! Great tutorials that I hope to follow soon! TFS!

  5. wow a stunning amount of work and simply beautiful!

  6. Absolutely beautiful! Love, love, love the altered bottle! Great work!