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This month the Art Anthology Dream Team is focusing on ways to recycle in our art.
If you remember, I did a Gelli Plate tutorial video a little while back and created some beautiful prints on deli papers using gorgeous products from Art Anthology. In that video, I thought I would use the prints on a layout but as things happen, my creativity took me in a different direction and those prints went into my stash.
***In case you didn’t see the tutorial, here’s the youtube video:
When I was looking for inspiration for this project, I was listening to music and enjoying a glass of wine in my art studio. There it was…the perfect inspiration…the empty bottle! What better way to use the prints that fell asleep in a drawer for all those weeks. Now, obviously I am “recycling” that wine bottle but I guess in a sense I am recycling the prints, too. Those delicious prints packed with color are being given a new life and I can’t wait to share the step-by-step results with you.
This is a picture of the finished project…now for the detailed directions.
- empty wine bottle (or other bottle if wine isn’t your thing)
- Matte Medium
- Water (cup & spray bottle)
- White or Cream Flowers
- Art Anthology Colorations Sprays (your favorite colors)
- Paper to glue to bottle (Deli Paper Prints, text paper, tissue paper)
- Trims, brads, other embellishments
Rinse off the outside and inside of a bottle. I kept the label on this bottle-I liked it and I thought it would be one more layer that might peek through.
Rip Deli Paper Prints, tissue paper or text paper into pieces that are not too small. You want to keep the patterns intact plus with small pieces you will be glueing down FOREVER!
Use watered-down Matte Medium to decoupage the paper onto the bottle.
Grab some white or cream flowers. You could try using flowers with print or in other colors-play, experiment and see what works for you.
Paper flowers work best for this technique. You also want some “hardy” flowers as they are going to get pretty wet in this process.
I picked out a half dozen of my favorite Art Anthology Colorations Sprays. We are going to paint with them so you can take off the tops one at a time or all at once. (Depends on whether you are someone that might knock over the bottles-don’t want to waste these precious colors!)
Spray the flowers to really saturate them-this will help the colors move and blend.
Dip your paintbrush into the Colorations. If you are worried about contaminating the contents of the bottle, you can spray some on a craft sheet or pour a bit into a small cup or paint palette. REALLY get that brush wet with color!
I wanted the colors to really blend and bleed so I rinsed my brush and got it really wet with water. I painted the water onto the (already wet) painted flower.
To really jazz up your flowers, grab a second (and/or third color) and add that to the flower in different places. This is where having the flower really wet will come in handy!
Add lots of different colors to your flowers-don’t over think this step. The flowers will be stunning with the colors. You can paint them and splatter colors. Just play-add water and have fun!
At this point, I was grabbing embellishments for the bottle. I wanted to add some trim and found this crepe paper trim in my stash. It started out white and was begging for color. (the green ribbon was shown onto the top already-cool, right?!) I painted on some additional colors to make that ribbon pop!
Art Anthology Colorations Sprays Featured in my Tutorial:
- Honey Bee
- Studio Blue
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it feels to have ALL of my pictures from 2014 documented already. I work on Project Life week by week and have been loving the process. I have learned a lot already about myself and my creative process. (more on that later)
Although weekly pages work best for me, I think it’s important to focus on those “special events” in my life. Let’s be honest, some days we take one picture (or none, maybe) while other days we take a TON of pictures. It all depends on what is going on in our lives.
These pages focused on an over night trip that we took a few months ago. We took a little break at Revel in Atlantic City and enjoyed relaxing, dinner and some action on the slots. We took enough pictures to really document our little trip. I love the sleek, sexy feel of these pages.
So, don’t feel locked into just doing weekly Project Life pages. Focus on those memories and events that are important and that you want to remember forever!
I was so thrilled to do a LIVE UStream Show a few weeks ago! We had so much fun chatting, making art and making new friends. What a perfect way to spend a Friday night.
In case you missed the show, you can check out the recording.
I promised during the show that I would finish the canvas.
I had a blast adding more layers of paint, color and sprays.
I used brushes and got crazy by sticking my fingers into the paints and smearing them on the canvas.
Won’t you try some Art Anthology?! Now…GO MAKE SOME ART!
My Project Life layouts have been taking on a life of their own. I have been plugging away at this for six weeks now and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! (Have I mentioned how much I love it?!) It is so rewarding to have all of my pictures scrapbooked! This layout may be my favorite so far. I love the colors that came out of it. It’s fun how the monthly Project Life kits encompass the colors of the month. Like this month…lots of pretty “love colors” which are right up my alley. Hope you enjoy this layout! Would LOVE to hear from you.
This is my Project Life from Week 5. The biggest highlight was that the Super Bowl was here in NYC, well…New Jersey but close enough. And right across the George Washington Bridge. Marty & I hopped on the train and checked out the Super Bowl CRAZE in Times Square. If you know me, you know that I could care less about football but I never miss the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There were tons of people there but I have to say it was very organized just as I would expect of NYC in a big event. Of course, just like every week so far in 2014 (or at least it seems), we had yet ANOTHER snowstorm! Little did we know at that point, this was just the beginning of the never-ending Winter! Ah well, bad weather to me is just a great excuse to stay inside and be creative. I could think of worse things! (lol)