2015 Theme 10: Bottles
Hi everyone Emma here, joining you this evening with a post showing you how to make a bottle photo holder. When I found out the topic was Bottles, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try the 'painting inside of glass' effect that I keep seeing pop up on my Pinterest board. I love seeing the muted colours encased in the glossy glass. My bottle is nothing fancy - just a Tonic Water bottle from our local pub.
Step One: The first thing I needed to do was get rid of some black type on the outside of my bottle (the expiration date etc). I was really pleased when it came off easily with Stazon Remover. Now for the paint. I used Concrete Fresco Finish paint and dribbled some into the mouth of the bottle. I then patiently (not like me at all!) moved the bottle around to cover the inside. I did have to add more paint a few times - but just small amounts as I didn't want a huge puddle at the bottom. I found tapping the side of the glass helped encourage the paint into little holes and nooks and crannies. Leave your bottle to dry. .
Step Two: My first thought was to use a cork with some wire to hold the photo in place, but as I couldn't find a cork that fitted, I just used wire in the end. The wire was 24ga, so nice and flexible for wrapping around, and also thin enough to thread some tiny glass beads onto it too. I used several lengths as I found it easier to control the wire in shorter pieces. One of the lengths was wrapped through one of the holes in a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology bulldog clip and then wrapped around and over the mouth of the bottle to create some balance for the photo.
Step Three: To create my decorations I cut four strips of Smoothy cardstock to just slightly longer than the circumference of my bottle, plus an extra piece for my stars. I stamped one of the sayings from EEG02 repeatedly along one of the strips. Two of the strips were painted with Haystack Fresco Finish, and another with Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish. The final piece was painted half and half with each colour for my stars. Once the paint was dry, I stamped the scalloped border from EEG07 repeatedly on the single colour strips, and the outline stars from EEG06 on the mixed strip.
Step Four: I cut my scalloped borders out, layered them up and stuck them together and then onto the bottle using Ultra Clear Tape. The stars were also cut out and stuck on. The finishing touch was to add a little gold Stickles (glitter glue) along the strip edges and on the stars.
I'm really happy with how this came out, especially as it's the first time I've used a bottle for any kind of art. I can't believe how well the Fresco Finish paint coated the inside of the bottle. I'm now hooked, and on the lookout for bottles of all shapes and sizes ... think it would look really good with a group of these in different colours on a shelf.
What do you think?
Thanks Emma, this is such a cool idea.. how brilliant would this look in a Christmas scheme too, ready to hold Christmas cards. The beauty of the clip is that the photo can be changed, while the fresh colours will go with whatever photo is chosen.
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