Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Altered Bottle {with Eclectica³ LB and I&D stamps by Lucy Edmondson}

Hi everyone, Lucy here. 

I started crafting about ten years ago, like many of us with card making and paper-crafting. 
I don’t make many cards now as I prefer to make tactile, dimensional objects using mixed media, and particularly love up-cycling otherwise thrown away items. 

Today I am altering a bottle which can be used as a vase or home décor item, concentrating on using Fresco paints to custom-colour clay to make Lin Brown Eclectica tulips.



Any bottle will do, but round flat fronted bottles such as Rosé wine bottles work well for this design. Paint the bottle with three parts Snowflake to one part Vanilla so it isn’t a stark white. The beauty of the chalky finish of the Frescos is that they work so well directly onto glass so I didn’t sand the bottle first. The cut n dry foam and the opaques I used give a lovely finish which doesn’t scratch off.


Cut two pieces of tissue paper roughly the size of each side of the bottle and stamp with a selection of background stamps using StazOn colours. I used the stamps from the following sets:
MN26
Ink & the Dog: Words (Plate 2)

Apply the tissue paper to the bottle with Matte Glaze and dry with a heat tool. 


Take two balls of oven bake clay and add some Tango to one, and Yellow Submarine to the other, until you are happy with the colour. The beauty of this is you can have clay in any colour of the Fresco range! Roll out the clay to a quarter of an inch thickness. Apply Tango and Yellow Submarine to the head of the tulip from LB 02 and press firmly into the Tango clay. Repeat with the small tulip from LB 03 using Zesty Zing and the Yellow Submarine clay. Cut out with scissors or a craft knife leaving a narrow border from that the raised edges are intact, and bake according to the pack instructions.


I like oven bake clay because it is so resilient once baked. I use Sculpey or Fimo. It’s easy to use but you can condition it a little in the warmth of your hands so you have a smooth ball with no cracks. You can use a rolling pin to roll it out or just a bottle. Roll the clay on a non-stick surface such as a silicone craft mat. You can use cookie cutters but we don’t need them for this project. You can cut it with scissors or a craft knife as I mentioned. I picked it up and cut it with scissors. If you have any rough edges you can sand them with an emery board after baking. I baked mine for 15 minutes in a low oven as stated on the pack of clay. If you use too high a heat or leave them in too long they may go a little brown, like over-cooked biscuits and even less tasty! I use a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper or baking parchment. Make sure you wash your stamps straight away after using paint on them.


I also made some up with the small tulip from LB 03. It will be great to have some spares for other projects. At this stage you can add some highlights and shading with London Bus and Autumn Fire using a small brush. I then painted the tulips all over with Fresco Metallic Glaze, and then with Gloss GlazeI used the glaze to make them shiny but to be honest I did it to add in an additional Fresco product. They looked pretty just with the metallic glaze. They definitely don’t need sealing in any way.


Stamp the tulip stems from Eclectica Lin Brown 03 onto canvas paper using a mixture of Guacamole, Toad Hall, and Hey Pesto, and cut out leaving a small border.I wanted another medium, and some more texture and interest. Decide on the positioning of your stems and cut them off at the bottom to fit before gluing them in place. Then add your tulip heads, using a very strong glue or a heavy gel medium. As a final touch, use your finger to add plenty of Treasure Gold in White Fire around the bottle neck.


 I would be absolutely delighted if you are inspired to join in with the challenge this week and make an altered bottle or some clay flowers – the Lin Brown Eclectica flowers work just perfectly! Lucy. 


A huge thank you to Lucy from PaperArtsy HQ. It is fantastic to see Frescos used on a different substrate, and those clay flowers are just a genius idea. You managed to combine so many interesting elements to make this really stunning and unique bottle. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 23rd Feb 2014

30 comments:

Helen said...

wow Lucy, that's gorgeous!! Those tulips are just fabulous. I will be looking for some bottles now...

Julie Ann Lee said...

Hi Lucy! Great to see you here! This is a fabulous, stunning and - most definitely - tactile make. I love it! The colours and the script you used are terrific and it's so exciting to see something so original being altered. Julie Ann xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Hi Lucy! Great to see you here! This is a fabulous, stunning and - most definitely - tactile make. I love it! The colours and the script you used are terrific and it's so exciting to see something so original being altered. Julie Ann xxx

Lin said...

wow Lucy you dark horse lol!! you kept that secret. Gorgeous bottle and what a fantastic idea!! well done you it came out beautifully xx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous make! Love the canvas/clay home made embellishments.

keren said...

Such a fab project and the use of clay is gorgeous and looks so cool!

butterfly said...

Absolutely beautiful, Lucy - such a treat to see one of your altered bottles... you create magic with them. Fantastic to have you here as a guest, and a wonderful, wonderful way to showcase both the flowers and the paints!
Alison xx

massofhair said...

WOW Lucy! Stunning & exquisite bottle ArT, not too sure i could attempt this but thank you for the inspiration :-) xxx

trisha too said...

Beautiful spring-like bottle, Lucy-- perfect for shooing away my late winter blahs!

:)

Carol Q said...

just beautiful Lucy. stunning work.

Carol Q said...

just beautiful Lucy. stunning work.

Redanne said...

Wow Lucy, what a transformation! Love your background and those clay flowers are delightful. Fabulous work. Anne x

Julie Bell said...

Wonderful bottle, I love the shape. Your stamping looks great and what a fab use of fimo, I don't have a bottle but will give the clay a go, such pretty colours x

Sandy said...

Triple wow! I am so excited about your project --- I just have to make some of these bottles. Beautiful and unique!
Sandy

Juliz Design Post said...

Beautiful bottle. I tried to alter a bottle a few months ago.... It went in the bin. Must try again as this looks fabulous and love the idea with the clay. Thanks for sharing.

Julie x

Maz said...

Your bottle looks great, love the idea of colouring the clay with the paints. x

Dawn Louise said...

Fabulous project and well explained, think it's marvellous and inspiring thank you x

craftimamma said...

Beautiful altered bottle Lucy! All the background stamping looks fabulous and love the clay tulips. Keep meaning to have a go with some clay but never seem to get round to it and now you've given me some inspiration and I have no clay, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Totes awesome bottles Luce and highlight perfectly how superb the frescos are on such a wide variety of surfaces!

Paper Profusion said...

A fabulous transformation Lucy! It looks wonderful and those clay tulips are brilliant. Thank-you for really clear step x step. Nicola x

Nina John said...

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Alison said...

This is fabulous Lucy! I have lots of mini Mateus bottles just begging to be altered! 😉
Alison xxx

Yours Artfully said...

Fab project Lucy.....wonder where my clay is????

Lin

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow, the bottle looks amazing & so beautiful.

Sarah B said...

Going to look out the fimo - great idea - fab to see something so different xx

Coco said...

Gorgeous bottle Lucy, brilliant idea to decorate such bottle like that, and I love your patchworks of stamps and colours and your fabulous tulip using clay!!! Thank you for the great step-by-step. Hugs, Coco xx

Wanda H said...

This is really beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I think I need to paint a bottle... today!!!!

Linda M. Cain said...

Fantastic project!!!

~Linda

May said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Lucy... I adore this creation... the colours & stamps are amazing...Love the clay flowers...the tutorial is fantastic... Thank you for the wonderful inspiration... Hugs May x x x

Kim Dellow said...

Totally wonderful Lucy! Love it! Kim

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