Thursday, 26 February 2015

Altered Bottles

Welcome to followers Old and New here at ATP Exchange's great to have you join in with us. Annie here with this fortnights Exchange Post and I thought I would share some altered bottles using Decoart Chalk Paints and Crackle Medium, as well as texture paste and lots more goodies
of course:-)
I really enjoy altering bottles and there are so many gorgeous shaped ones, which make it a difficult choice.
This post is pretty picture heavy so I have included a recipe of products used at the bottom of the page. All items can be purchased from Artist Trading Post online store or at their shop in Wirksworth, Derby.
Grab a cuppa and let's go :-)
2 Gin bottles and 1 rum bottle and I am still creating !! Hiccup!!
Both of the round bottles were prepped with Gesso, prior to the application of the Decoart Chalk Paints. I did not remove labels as I don't mind them, but it is an option some may prefer. You should also clean your bottles of any finger marks etc as this may interfere with the Gesso and paints, but its not a huge problem. You can just cover any areas with more paint :-)
 We will stick with the textured bottle on the right  Decoart Heritage Chalk Paint, which is like a pumpkin colour) You can see below that I added texture paste and lace to the front and back of the bottle.
Once the paste/lace had dried I applied a small frame and some metal flowers using texture paste to adhere them.
First coat of Decoart Chalk Paint in Heritage
I also applied some Decoart Crackle Medium to the neck of the bottle. (think you can just make it out)  Then I covered it with ribbon!! Don't you just hate covering backgrounds you really like ?
 Vintage Photo Distress Ink was applied over the  Decoart Heritage paint to give a more aged appearance.
At this stage I applied some Treasure Gold Gilding Wax in Renaissance to the raised areas of texture, lace as well as the gorgeous flowers and frame.
Some embellishments were added  using old pieces of jewellery from my stash and a Tim Holtz photograph was placed in the frame. I also painted some of Tim's Gum Drops to add to the centre of the flowers
Some chain, charms and more ribbon to complete the look. To adhere the ribbon I used Power Tape. The flowers were adhered using Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Below is the back of the bottle, with a little key and some clock face charms.
The bottle below was Gessoed and then Whisper Decoart Chalk Paint was applied. 
(2 coats because I did not clean my bottle !!)
 The Steampunk bottle  in the photograph below was NOT prepped with Gesso as I wanted to see how the chalk paints adhered to glass. I was not disappointed ........the Rustic Decart Chalk Paint adhered perfectly. Below you can also see that I applied Decoart Crackle Medium, which I love. The crackle looks fabulous and appears immediately.
 When the Crackle Medium was dry I applied Whisper Decoart Chalk Paint on top and once dry I inked it with Vintage Photo DI. Doesn't the crackle look great ? Very distressed it !!

Decoart  Matte Varnish can be applied over the paints/crackles to seal them. 
Now for the decoration..........Using Tim Holtz Faux Suede technique I took some kraft card and die cut it using  Sizzix Tim Holtz Cabinet Die.   The rectangle was also die cut using Tim Holtz Rectangle Movers and Shapers Die Set. You can find this technique on page 40 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Book 2.  The DI colours I used  are Vintage Photo and Black Soot. There's a little tear, but that will be fixed with some  Ranger Glue N Seal.
 More Glue N Seal was applied to the suede/leather look pieces and adhered to the  4 sections of the bottle.
To decorate I used  numerous Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Pieces, adhering them with Glossy Accents.
( I just layed the bottle on its side, raising it up at the top with several DI pads, waiting until the embellishments on each section had dried before I turned it over for more decoration.)
You can see the various sections below....mmm.....lots of delicious metal Idea-Ology....Fabulous!!!
I also stamped Tim Holtz  Steampunk gents on Grunge Paper, using Archival Ink in Jet Black. Applied Vintage Photo DI and then fussy cut the stamped images, before applying around the lid of the bottle.  The grunge paper is so soft and easily wraps around the bottle top. Some Idea-Ology Sprockets and Gears were also adhered to the top of the lid.
Thank You for sticking with me through this long post................and I can hear you say "But there's 3 bottles ?"
Well........I am keeping you in suspense!!
You will have to pop back over to our next challenge to see how it turned out :-)
Hope you have found this Exchange  Post beneficial.  You can also create the painted and textured backgrounds on other substrates...not just on glass. But I do love an altered bottle and you can create/decorate in the style of your choice.
Now for the Recipe of all the products used :
Ranger Texture Paste
Decoart Chalk Paint in Rustic
Decoart Paint in Heritage
Decoart Paint in Whisper
Decoart Crackle Medium
Sizzix Tim Holtz Cameo Frame
Sizzix Tim Holtz Rectangle Magnetic Die Set
Compendium of Curiosities 2
Kraft Card
Ranger  Ink Refresher Spray
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Black Soot Distress Ink
Ranger Glue N Seal
Idea-ology Locket Keys
Idea-ology Philosophy Tags
Idea-ology Pen Nibs
Idea-ology Sprocket Gears
Idea-ology Game Spinners
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamps- Steampunk
Glossy Accents
Power Tape
Grunge Paper
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Don't forget to check out Ruth's Alphabet Soup Challenge, which runs until  the 4th March. It would be great to have you join in and there's a voucher for the winner to spend at Artist Trading Post online store, also badges for the Top 3.

Have Fun and Crafty Hugs
Annie x


  1. Lovely altered bottles Annie ! Fabulous textures. Love the leathery/ suede effect and gorgeous crackling too . Thankyou for a great step by step . Toni x

  2. Wonderful! Love these bottles! The textures, colours and the added fabric are just great! X

  3. Fabulous bottles and a well presented tutorial that certainly helps people like me that has never tried this technique to alter bottles etc. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Fabulous Annie, they have turned out amazing! Great tutorial too!!

  5. Awesome transformation, the bottles all look fantastic and its a super tutorial
    Yvonne xx

  6. These are amazing Annie! I love the rustic feel and vintage elements! Great tutorial and amazing transformations! hugs :)

  7. These look fab, Annie! Great share! Thank you! xxx

  8. Brilliant tutorial Annie,I'm loving that steampunk one a lot!
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  9. I just love how you altered these bottles Annie, I really love the second one with the faux leather, it is fantastic! It is good to know that the paint works well without the gesso too. xxx

  10. Hiccup indeed! Oh I did chuckle with that, but not your beautifully altered bottles. All three are gorgeous and being a fan of steampunk and crackle, I am so wanting to steampunk up a bottle! Love these! Hugs!

  11. And the finished product looks so stunning Annie!!! Big compliment!
    Greetings, Alie :-)

  12. Fabulous idea Annie, love the transformations and great use of the deco products. Think the winged one is my favourite! Hugs Ruth x

  13. Wonderful tutorial and so good to see the DecoArt Chalk paint adheres on it's own and the bottles don't need prepping, will save time and money! Love all the bottles :-) xxx

  14. Fabulous alteration Annie! Love all your bottles!

  15. Ohh this is fabulous! Love the altered bottles with the crackle! Hugs, Sandra

  16. A fabulous post from Annie, brimming with inspirational bottle art.
    Gorgeous effects on each and every bottle.

  17. Wonderful bottle alterations Annie! Julia xx

  18. Love both and looking forward to third
    Rosie x

  19. Brilliant transformations! Great tutorial too! Chrisx