Saturday, 27 June 2020

Altered Art Bottle - Mystical Forest Stories by Kerstin

Hello, creative friends!


I was so inspired from Claudia's romantic project 'Be still and listen', where she created a little, forgotten garden arbour, that I thought on mystical forest stories with a door to another world.




I created an illuminated mixed media bottle in shabby chic style with some natural structures. 
I love it to use only a few colours and let textures and patterns speak for themselves.

Tips & Tricks


The

 Russian Revival Style Window 

is simply beautiful, but I prefer to look at it as a door with more liveliness.

I used a silicone mould (Katy Sue design) with air hardening modelling clay, but I did only the outer frame from the mould.

That cast was glued to the MDF shape with construction adhesive. 




As some of you may already know, I have a passion for shelves ;)

Here I created a shelf with the

Trefoil Border Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board

 I simply sawed it apart in the middle and used one part of it as a support and the other as a support surface. With construction adhesive and a little patience it hardens and then holds well onto the glass bottle.


some close up's




 








 


 Calico Craft Parts used: 

Russian Revival Style Window 

Bluebells - MDF Floral Wood Shape Style 48

Ivy Leaf Garland

Fungi & Mushrooms Wood Shapes

Trefoil Border Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board



My bottle in illuminated state:

 




If you would like to know how I created the up-cycled glass bottle,
then, please, feel free to ask!
Thanks for your visit!

Happy crafting!

Kerstin

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous bottle and would love to know how you up-cycled it please :)

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    1. Many thanks Sylvia! I used a liqueur bottle as a basis, which was first freed from labels. first I applied a crackle medium (Weathered Wood from DecoArt) then I assembled the door and the shelf, as I explained above. Now first the door with the shelf underneath was glued on. Then all other wooden shapes, all glued on the glass bottle with construction adhesive, now you have to wait some time (1-2 hours) to make it really tight. Now the priming with chalky finish paint 'Vintage' (DecoArt). After a good dry I loved to use some distress sprays (here Walnut Stain from Ranger). Now the ivy leaves were highlighted with metallic wax ('Champagne Ice' Metallic Lustre DecoArt). The mushroom and the bluebells were sprinkled with small artstones and heavy gel medium. after that I glued some dried natural materials, bark, braids, moss and an old jute rest on the side to cover the embossed company labels. For the lid I took the red oak leaf apart and glued it back on with a moss branch. Finally I used the dry brush technique with white gesso to enhance an old weathered impression. For lighting I used a wire light chain for bottles to create a magical effect.
      You can find a similar bottle still fresh on my blog ;-)
      Creative hugs from Kerstin x

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  2. Kerstin, I love love love your magical forest bottle!!!! I like both looks - the plain and the illuminated one! Both have their own magic and I just love all the beautiful details and texture and how you've made that door - and the idea to go inside the bottle to discover a whole new world!

    Absolutely magnificent!
    Claudia xxx

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    1. Thanks a lot, it was a happy project for me and still is !! Hugs from Kerstin xxx

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  3. Love this. I’ve ordered the about bits from Calico and would like to know 2 things if you wouldn’t mind.
    What did you use to achieve the shabby church look?
    What lights did you use as they see very bright ?

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    1. Sorry, I saw your questions just today, shabby look - I used Weathered Wood as a base on glass bottle (crackle medium from DecoArt) and then a chalk paint, it's a bottle light with cork and 3 button cells. More questions, please a short message on my blog, here I have no notification function for comments. Kerstin

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  4. These are amazing! Your creativity & imagination is wild... I collect bottles.... So far mostly ones that are vintage & don't look like bottles (like a fish, or a lantern one I have that also winds up to play music). But yours are above & beyond anything I've seen. That's my next project!
    P.S. I may bug you for some extra tips & pointers....lol

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    1. Thanks so much Nykki, more questions?, please a short message on my blog, here I have no notification function for comments. Kerstin

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  5. I love it. It is so magical

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  6. Those are absolutely amazing. I'm going to do some for a craft festival

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    1. Many thanks, I'm sure they turned out beautiful, you might want to share them on IG under #CalicoCraftParts?! Kerstin

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