To start off, I thought about how I would tell the story and grabbed a combination of different sized jars, all the colours I wanted and a couple of extra stamp sets to complete the project.
Right- don't do what I did. You really need to make a doll in pieces and then attach for ease. This was so tricky trying to turn her. Once done- she looked exactly like an American Footballer linebacker! She needed a face and I found one the perfect size in MN36 but she had a hat and hair so I needed to create a simple mask to stamp through.
Now I had my basics I had to make some decisions about how I was going to communicate my idea, so I went to the specimen jar next. It was designed for sweet treats but it was to become her (I named her Willow) self-made prison. I wanted her to feel trapped by her surroundings but actually she was freer than she'd imagined, she simply filled free parts of her life with things that cluttered her space and ironically those things that she chose were trapping her further.
I had wanted to use Frosting Glaze with the glass specimen jar and originally thought I'd stencil it but wanted to use the TS069 floral set to add a little texture to the look and get the viewer to look a little more closely. To add the Frosting Glaze I simply brayered it onto the stamps and pressed the stamps without using an acrylic block so the stamp hugged the curves of the glass.
When painting onto fabric- it's helpful to lightly spray the fabric or add a little water to the paintbrush before painting. What is brilliant is the ease in which Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics lay down on fabric and even better, how the fabric is still wonderfully pliable afterwards.
I needed to group the individual elements to make sense of what I was trying to do. Willow's complication is that she clutters her life with all the things that don't matter. She gathers 'stuff' and buys so many things that weigh her down rather than free her. The things that really matter aren't ever 'things'. So I wanted to use tiny jars filled with 'nothings' to crowd Willow inside the jar.
I wanted to use the beautiful labels set by Gwen Lafleur EGL17.
Stamping on glass is easy. Stazon is your friend again and the easiest way to transfer ink is to roll the mini jars along the stamps maintaining a downward pressure whilst you roll.
The last thing I had to do was add a little tag to the somewhat bare specimen jar lid. I added an acetate tag using TS069 flowers and EGL17 tags. I'd used up the left over paint from the painted fabric onto some Smoothy Heavy weight cardstock and then stamped and added Prismacolor pencil details. I finished it off with a few beads.