Incredible Effect!

Please excuse the absence last week.  With all the moving to college I did not have time to do my "normal" around the house work nor have art time in the studio.  I've made up for it this weekend.

On my journey I want to try new and exciting techniques and designs.  I took this particular turn in the road to alter a Starbucks' bottle.  I've been saving this for just the right time. 

The Story
I have been slowly redecorating and renovating my house.  In my kitchen was a huge table that did not fit.  There has always been some type of foosball table or air hockey table in my dining room so the table was in my kitchen.  I finally moved the air hockey table to the spare room.  The table went back to the dining room.  I've always wanted a two seat, bistro style table.  I found one at JC Penny's believe it or not.  It was 60% off plus I had a 20% off coupon.  It was beautiful and my thought was "I'm going to get this table.  Now how do I explain it to Jim?  Show him the receipt."  LOL

My table is now set up in the kitchen.  I took down the once wonderful blue shelf and added a picture I found at Hobby Lobby.  I wanted my "corner" of the kitchen to be both mine and Jim's so I purchased this fun photo of a chicken Paris style!  I love the idea of Paris and Jim is an area supervisor for KFC.  It’s fun.

The table was missing one thing:  a vase.  Thus, I embarked on a new side street of my journey.

The Altered Bottle


What I Learned
  • Acrylic paint and alcohol ink creates an incredible effect!  I painted the entire bottle with "True Blue" color acrylic paint.  Once it dried I tapped on Ranger's Alcohol Ink, copper mixatives.  It turned out so cool.  I picked up the technique from a blog post by A Shabby Passion created in 2008.  Yep, I'm slow.
  • When creating a paper design around an object layout it out first on your mat and make sure the spacing works.  I ended up taking all my diamond shapes off, redoing the paint and ink, then re-adhering the diamonds.  I laid a strip of paper down on my craft mat and used my ruler to get the proper spacing and adhered them to the strip.  I turned them over, added Modge Podge, and glued them to the bottle.
  • The paper is from Graphic 45 scraps.  I just needed 5 diamonds.  I had just enough to do it twice.  LOL
  • The findings and baubles are from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology line.  
  • Next time I will bring the diamonds (or design) down a bit lower on the bottle.
  • Keep everything!  I pulled the dried leaves and branches from an old wreath and just added the sunflower.

A fun project!

I had a wonderfully, crafty weekend I hope you have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  Jay settling into college life
2.  a quiet Sunday
3.  an understanding a loving husband
4.  my beautiful birthday boy (handsome man) Adam
5.  the beauty God's places in my life and gives me the eyes and wisdom to see


  1. This is really lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is soooo cool! LOVE your altered project! Great effect!

  3. Cute project! I also like the little tips that you added.

  4. Fantastic~glad your back at creating!! Love the bistro set~so qaint!!!

  5. Congrats on a sucessful trip to college! Love the way that the bottle turned out. The metalic and blue turned out fab! Thanks for sharing -Amanda

  6. This is really awesome! I love that effect with the alcohol inks and paint. I will definitely be trying this one day soon! Thanks for all the inspiration! (and that table looks fabulous with the new decor!)

  7. This is awesome!!! I love your bottle!!!


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