Friday, 18 April 2014

Garden Lantern {with Eclectica³ Darcy Stamps by Alison Bomber}

Hello everyone, Alison from Words and Pictures here - and delighted to be back at PaperArtsy to share a simple make to light up your garden on a summer evening.

I started with a really nice octagonal jar (from some fancy jam, I think, or maybe mustard!) and a "what if?". What if I mixed my Fresco paint with a Glaze?  Would that help it adhere to the glass without a sealing coat first?  Answer: yes!


You can see the array of colours which got applied - Inky PoolSouth PacificHey PestoLimelight and Zesty Zing.  They're all translucents and each of them got mixed with a good dollop of Pearl Glaze (at least 50:50 I'd say) and then gradually blended with one another as we progressed from the bottom up.

I applied them first of all with a brush...
... and then patted over the top with some Cut'n'Dry Foam, while the paint was still wet, creating the softer textured look.

I grabbed some of Darcy's grasses (fun to say that!) from the Eclectica³ Darcy 07 set, and stamped them around the jar in Forest Green Staz-On.

EDY 07
To catch the rim at the bottom, I turned the stamp upside-down and stamped the ends of the stems around there.
And then, of course, lots of twine around the top for a rustic garden look.
I love that it looks opaque, but is actually beautifully translucent.
Look at it from the inside - you can see that stamping through the glass so clearly.
And it looks so beautiful with a tea-light lit inside.  Get those octagonal reflections!


I wish I could capture the subtle glow of the whole jar but, as you'll know if you've ever taken photos of candles alight, the image gives you the candle far brighter and the rest duller than the naked eye receives it.

Hope you like the results of my "what if?"... I think there are going to be quite a few of these dotted around my tiny courtyard this summer.

I'll have to do most of them with normal round jars, which will make the stamping a little trickier.  But it should be fine.  I managed it with my Christmas Lantern, after all.  The textured paint helps to "grab" the stamp, and if you stamp in small portions rather than trying to get it all done in one, it should all work out.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have fun playing!

Alison. 

A huge thanks to Alison from all at PaperArtsy HQ. Wow this is so lovely, that dreamy glow of the inside is wonderful. I really like the texture created by stippling with foam over the brushed layer. A garden full of these twinkly jars would be magical...so it's a PaperArtsy party at your's then?


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43 comments:

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Very cool Alison. Might knock up a few of these to have on the table outside this summer!!

Helen said...

You're so good at "what if" Alison... Love the colours and with the light shining through it's fantastic.

Kathi said...

Fabulous! Great experiment with wonderful results.

I'd love to see your garden lit with these lovely painted glass lanterns!

Lucy Edmondson said...

How beautiful, Alison. I love the effect of the jar being both opaque and translucent both at the same time,

Lucy x

Lucy Edmondson said...

How beautiful, Alison. I love the effect of the jar being both opaque and translucent both at the same time,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

Wish that I had a courtyard! Sounds very grand. Will deffo have a go at these. My marmalade jars have straight edges. Thanks Alison. Might get a production line going...and let us know when the candlelit party is!! X

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous project Alison - I had not thought to use Fresco's on glass like that! Definitely will be having a go for my sitterooterie - well the greenhouse! x

isisimaginings.com said...

Alison, that is so lovely! And such a great idea. I've got a pile of glass jars waiting to be taken to the bottle banks, might have to take out a few & have a play.

Lynn Hardy said...

This is really pretty! I think I'll have to start saving nice jars now!

Fliss said...

Beautiful Alison and a great effect.
Fliss xx

Debbie said...

Fantastic.
There is an advert on the TV at the moment for Douwe Egbert's coffee and someone on there has done a similar thing with a coffee jar, you could look out for that jar, it's really nice (if you like that coffee!!).
Love your jar, it's super. Debbie X

craftytrog said...

Brilliant idea! I love this Alison.
Just been to check out the fridge, & found an interesting chutney jar that Hubby has agreed to finish off for the sake of art! Lol!
Alison xxx

jojo79 said...

Lovely Alison, need to go finish of some jars now!

Deborah said...

Wow, that's gorgeous, Alison! And good to know the paint/glaze stays put.

Redanne said...

What a brilliant idea Alison, these would look beautiful in the garden! Anne xx

May said...

Wonderful creation & A beautiful idea... Love it... Hugs May x x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful idea Alison, love your lantern!!

Steven AKA Pink Elf said...

Brilliant "what if"!! Off to collect jam jars

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful Alison! Only just got here but looking forward to trying this when I get home! Look forward to seeing a collection of them in your garden! Chrisx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love your Jar, I bet the glow from it is scrummy. Cannot wait to finish the jam xx

Colleen said...

Alison,
This turned out wonderful, I can't wait to try one!

Rita said...

Absolutely adore what you have created from a jar in to something of beauty. Will definitely give this a try. Enjoy your break. Hugs Rita xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely awesome, really need to try this, they will look beautiful outside on a summer evening. Kezzy :-) xxx

Lisa S. said...

Oooohhh I love this idea Alison and I'll be rustling up some jars to alter tomorrow. :) I can see these on my front porch with a citronella candle in it for the summer. Love the colors and the stamps you used on your lantern. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Gabrielle said...

What a fabulous idea! Guess that I will need to get F&T to eat all our jam up so I can have a go!!!

Buttons said...

Simply beautiful Alison. Such a clever idea perfectly executed as ever. Jenny x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Fantastic project! I want to try the project from last christmas! I'll play with you for Japanese Obon Lantern. Thanks for the tutorial. Etsuko xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a wonderful idea! I usually have tea lights around our little garden on summer evenings, but little jars like these are pure magic! I love your colour choices and the lovely stamping of the Darcy images! I shall definitely be giving this a go as soon as I can. Now all we need is a lovely summer! Julie Ann xxx

mamablitger said...

This idea is just fabolous... As is the result. I love your garden lamp. Finally I have an excuse for why I have been collecting pretty jars for years... Lol
Thank you for sharing how you experienced the mixing Glace with paint. Good to know.
Hugs from SPAIN

mamablitger said...

This idea is just fabolous... As is the result. I love your garden lamp. Finally I have an excuse for why I have been collecting pretty jars for years... Lol
Thank you for sharing how you experienced the mixing Glace with paint. Good to know.
Hugs from SPAIN

keren said...

What a fabulous idea! Love the design. Now if only we got enough summer to enjoy them too!

cathylynn said...

Your mind must never rest. I love your "What If" project. Beautiful blended colors to make a gorgeous lantern. Thanks for sharing your talent!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I wonderful decoration in my favourite colors ... fab dear Alison...
thank you for this great idea to make trash to treasure!

Jools Robertson said...

Fab! what a lovely lantern, the colours look so rich but still translucent
Such a pretty pattern, would love to see lots of these flicking away on a Summers evening

Jools x

craftimamma said...

This is stunning Alison. I've decorated jars with stamping before but not with the paints and this look is just gorgeous. I didn't have time to even look at the blog this past week so too late for the challenge but I'm definitely going to have a go at this technique. Thanks for the details.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

scrappymo! said...

Brilliant idea. I use citronella candles to keep the mosquito's away from the gazebo lights. I think I may try making a few of these.

They would also look great with some wire wrapped round and round the neck and hung in the trees of a patio.

Chris Warner said...

What a beautiful effect and a fab idea! I can see a lot of people making these for their evenings on the patio this summer! Great work! Chris xxx

Terry said...

I love it, I love it! Fabulous idea, both functional and gorgeous! Thank you for sharing all the steps.

Coco said...

What a great idea, it looks simple but the result is SO BEAUTIFUL Alison!!! Love your jar, thanks for sharing your 'What if' brilliant way of thinking... :) xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

So pretty! I love that it looks solid but then it really is translucent. The colors and the grasses you used are perfect for this card light!

MichelleZ said...

This is fabulous!
I love the results. What a gorgeous decor piece!

Sandy said...

Beautiful! Wouldn't this make the most gorgeous gifts for friends. Love it!
Sandy xx

Sarah Dunkley said...

That's Fab! Great idea. :)

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