Monday, February 2, 2015

Decorative Bohemian Bottle Tutorial

What I made over the weekend! Had my camera close by so now I can do a tutorial for you on how it is made! If you make one please drop me a link, so we can all see! 

To start, you will need a fun bottle! This one came with my apartment, someone must of known I would do something with it! Glad it was here! You can probably find one similar at a dollar store or maybe you happen to have a few old interesting adult beverage bottle sitting around somewhere. Possibly Hobby Lobby may have a pretty bottle to use.

Wash and dry your bottle to remove any label or dust. There is a lot of that in my house! Yuck! But guess who hates to dust! Yup me!

Moving on....
I covered my bottle with an old tissue dress pattern using Mod Podge and a glue brush. I covered all but the bottom. I then went into my Photoshop and created these labels using Tumble Fish Studio's LaVieBoheme kit.  
I measured the size of the space on the bottle in which I wanted to put them on and created the labels in that size in Photoshop and printed them out. I cut out some of the white bits with tiny Bumble Bee Scissors. 
Sorry if the tutorial seems a bit backwards....I then painted Gesso over the bottle and let dry. Gesso gives paint something to adhere to. 
 I did not have any white lace trims, so I glued a vintage looking lace trim to top of bottle rim. I just used a little hot glue to set it in place. You can use whatever glue you like, such as E6000 or Tacky Glue. I then painted Gesso over it as well. My original thought was to dye white lace using my turquoise Dylusions spray. But I made do!
I bought the lace trims from Retro Cafe Art Gallery
I then painted my bottle...lace and all a light turquoise using Americana acrylic paint. You can buy this just about anywhere. Painting does not have to be perfect, nor in every nook and cranny! I will show you why in a bit! 
And here is my bottle painted! I then squeezed out a bit of Raw Umber Liquitex acrylic paint in one of my little paint cups...this can be found at any arts and crafts store! Love this stuff! And what you can do with it! You will also need paper towels and a bit of water. Please ignore my well used water jar lol 
With wet paintbrush...not too wet and not too small portions on your bottle. Brush it on and then right away carefully wipe off the raw umber paint. It should leave your bottle looking antiqued.
Like this!
Then you will need (not necessary but fun) Inka Gold and a paper towel or soft cloth. This I bought at Retro Cafe Art Gallery It is very easy to use...just dab it on with a small bit of sponge...I use my fingers...and then polish with the towel! SO fun!! Don't know why I did not have this stuff in my studio before! 
Just pick sections of the bottle you think you would like to see the Inka Gold on! Here I am showing you how I did mine! Love it! 
Next I added the images I put together in photoshop! Trim if necessary! I had too! lol
You can adhere them with Mod Podge or Soft Gel Medium. 
Mmmmm! Time for embellishing! I think I got all the sticker gems and sticker letters at Retro Cafe Art Gallery as well! Kristen has a whole load in selection for you to pick from to suit your style! 
I used some sticker gems to border the photo and used these fun sticker lace bits Here

Glued more vintage-y lace bits! Decorate how ever you wish! 
I thought I would add one of these knobs to the corked top of the bottle! By Tim Holtz can also be found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery!
Also added some of can get them there too! lol
I love it! The little knob looks great! 
You can now see where I added the little flowers! These are some of the things I picked up at JoAnn's store! Ribbons!!!!!!! A key and some Tim Holtz ball chains with clasps. I cut the ball chain to the size I needed and threaded it on to my ribbons, which I had cut to a  yard of each color and a yard of the tiny gold ribbon. Then tied to the top of bottle! 
Pretty! I don't think you can see the pink ribbon, but it is in there! I also added Letter stickers to the bottle to read Boho Life. Refer to the first photo! And there you have it! Oh You might want to do a couple coat of varnish over the bottle before adding ribbons! 
I so need to learn how to write tutorials haha!

Hope you enjoyed! 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Glue Book Pages, Mail Art, Putz House and Found Objects

The first two pages of my glue book art journal as seen in the bottom right hand corner of the photo!

I find that the busier I get, the harder it is to find time to art journal and I just won't stand for that! ;) So, I started this glue book! It is simple to do and as I mentioned in an earlier post, that I would do a tutorial soon! It is very well as eliminating that 'blank page' know...the one page that stares at you and you are totally stuck at what to do! Give me a bit of time to get some paper things gathered....which should be easier now that my images are more organized and we will get to that tutorial really soon!

More mail art makings! 
This time I used some wonderful & generous free collage sheets from a very talented friend Shelly Massey at A Wee Bit Warped! Thank you! The sheets are lovely and fun to work with! Don't forget to read up on her terms and conditions. :) Also, be sure to check out the rest of her website! Tons of eye candy! She even has a fun studio tour! 

Just in case you missed my Facebook post on this rather large Putz house....It is now ready for all the glitter and small details! I should have it done by this evening, if all goes well! 

Yesterday, I had a bit of time to spare, so I headed over to the local (new) Goodwill and found these! The manger needs a bit of updating...some new moss is in order! Then these cute little nativity scene figurines will be ready for display in my living room for Christmas! 
Only a couple bucks were spent for these two items!
 Then, I found this doo-hickey...birdcage type thing! Not sure what it is to, but I thought I could create something with it! I already have ideas rolling in my mind! 

Only one more day left to grab this little goodie up on sale in my Crowabout StudioB shoppe now at Mischief Circus dot com!

Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment to let me know you were here!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Image Storage/Drawers & A Winter White House...

Well, here it is, as promised! 

My more organized image storage system! HA! 
It works pretty good!
For now! 
I would like something a little less plastic...something on these lines
Not everything there is storage stuff....I call it my Art Studio Wishes pins on Pinterest. Lots to drool over!

Next, is a little something I am working on....I would love for it to sit on my mantel at Christmas!
It is far ...from done.
Hmm....not enough lighting.....but is is white white! It will have a picket fence. If  you peek over to the left you can see a bit of it! It still needs window frames for the windows you see, they are not actually green, it is iridescent paper and some mock windows for the rest of the house...trims...trees with some decorations (which are ready) and tons of glitter! There will be deer in the front yard and lastly a surprise when it is all finished! I will show you then!

I will work on the house a bit more tomorrow and show my results from that.

Have a great evening!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Collections & Collage


Happy Monday! 

How was your weekend?

Today, I thought I would share something just a little bit different, it's still collage. But in a different form, I will call 'Collections'.

In the above a collage (nothing glued down mind you) of bits of paper that were on my desk yesterday! So, I thought, why not make a collage of it all! It's this artists fault, Martin O'Neill 

As you scroll though his blog, you will find numerous collections of a paper (collector)(artist) addicts *cough* like myself. Which by the way, I organized this weekend. Similar to his many drawers of paper bits, only in my style! It was fun but quite tiresome. It took me all Saturday and part of Sunday to get it all into it's proper new location. (I thought I had lost my mind and thought, what did I get myself into) But now, it is all easier to find and file! I will share a bit of it tomorrow! Now, to find me some cabinets with many drawers and I will be set!

Then I thought, as long as we're making mock collages, why don't we do one with circles, (my favorite shape-surely you all know that by now) and square things in my other collections! Some of which are non-paper. I love the round circus-y puzzle toys, you know, the ones where you swirl it around until you put all the little tiny balls in the holes. Somehow, that just does not sound right. But in this collection are as follows, the puzzle toys, matchbooks, vintage photos, buttons from my dear Grandmothers (bless her soul) that she left me, some button pins, stamps, a tiny little hole punch, game pieces, metal objects, and even washi tape! I even have coins in my collection, nothing old mind you.....every time I find a coin on the floor, I call dibs and place it in a little wooden treasure chest I painted. It's tiny. 

I think it would be fun to do a really large one of these collages and do an eye spy-hidden object type game! hee hee Another favorite pastime of mine!

I would like to also mention, that I have a Pez Dispenser collection, small, nothing really vintage of yet.

And lastly, I have a little linky-poo of a collection board of collections started on Pinterest! I will be adding more too it soon! Here!

Happy Day to you!


Friday, October 17, 2014

More Pages and a Sneak Peek!

 A couple more 2 pages spreads from my Molenskine Art Journal

 And how about this

 A sneaky peek to what's coming into my shop next week!
Keep your peepers peeled!

Have a great Weekend!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another Art Journal, Mail Art, More Moleskine pages and a Monster

Hello again!

Here is another art journal I have started, not quite ready to show what is inside, but hoping to share some tuts on it soon! It is a very simple art journal for those on the go or with little time to art journal. So hang tight!

Mail Art Envie

Gone Postal!

I had some time last night before bed to create this mail art envelope! I thought with my busy schedule that a bunch of them made up, would be great in a tight pinch to send goodies to friends! 

More from my mini Moleskine Art Journal
And another 2 page spread as well...
So fun!

And here is my newest sculpture I have been working on of late, it is almost finished and is awaiting it's wheels and a pull-string! This one will be going into the Serendipity Gallery here in St. Louis very very soon! In hopes, that he will find a new loving home!
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