“DRUNK” With Colors!
Well, now that I have your attention…
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