Hello Crafty peeps…
A big sunny welcome to all of you. It is quite warm here in this part of the globe and how I miss the beaches in Bangalore! It is such a lovely place to hangout with friends or your loved ones! I am sure all of us have fond memories and some good times to catch up when we think about summers and beaches…
And so…I decided to bring the beach” to my living room with this altered project for you. Trust me and this whole thing smell good too cos what I have altered is an “ex-fabric conditioner” bottle, lol!
I went about creating random textures with modeling paste to white I have added some white glue so that the paste adheres well to the plastic bottle. I applied the mixture with a spatula so that it is uneven and coarse.
When the paste was wet, I stuck some cheese cloth for added texture. Once dry, I sprit zed the bottle with a lovely beachy blue ink diluted in the mister and allowed it to run and take its natural course. I liked the pattern it created just like the waves and in places I just kept it white. Some color splats in brown and black adds more texture.
I have never done “so much white” till now…this is again stepping from my comfort zone!
For the base I applied some sand texture paste and colored it with Walnut stain DS to give it a sand and moss look. The fence it made with twigs from the garden and I have brought them together with a piece of twine.
The shells and starfish are all made with plaster of paris and silicon molds. My first try with POP and I just love how it takes to the colors applied. I just applied some blue ink, walnut DS and lined it with archival black ink. Love the “dirty look” here!
I decided to bring in a couple to walk on this beach…it’s a print from the net and I made them a cozy frame by mounting the picture onto chip board and giving a border with roller paper chord. I have applied brushed pewter DS randomly and embellished the frame with shells collected over the years!
You can also see a tiny POP flower…my fav embellishment in this project. A metal chain added and the frame casually dangles from the bottle…wait for other side!
The caption again is from the net and thought was perfect for this project. I hand wrote it on tissue paper and adhered with gel medium.
Now, for the back…continuing with the same texture, you see the other side of the chain that held the frame together! This side there is a wicker heart and some dolphin charms all held together with an Ideology Trinket pin ”memoirs”.
I have covered the mouth of the bottle with twine and applied gesso over it for some texture.
The bottle is filled with white sand and I gathered a whole lot of dried twig fro the garden for a dry arrangement. The twigs have been dry brushed wit gesso randomly and I have those tiny little POP flowers! Don’t they look beautiful?
For the first time I have kept all my flowers “virgin white” and yes, that is a bold step from me to restrain them from coloring or inking. I quite like the “white white” look here as it goes with the theme. I am already making a bunch of embellishments with POP as it is easy to mix and dries in a jiffy (just few mins)!!!
Here is the quote for you once more..
Some people see more in a Walk on the Beach
than others in a trip around the World.
How romantic and true!
Well, that brings us to the end of the walk. Hope you enjoyed and I would love to read what you have to say about this.
I am entering my bottle beach in the following challenges…
Anything ButCute – summer romance
That Craftplace – AG mixed media
Craft forthe Craic- summer fun
Lessology – wood grain
TIOT - In the Frame
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and re cycling,