Eek to Chic, Garage Sale Bottle Transformed into a Glorious Oil Rubbed Bronze Piece of Art

My first “bottle art” project. I found this treasure at a garage sale for only $2.00. It was a color somewhere between orange and gold. I loved that it came with a topper. I knew right away that it would be perfect for an eek to chic project. Read below for the type of paint I used.

Here is what the bottle looked like below. It wasn’t bad at all but it didn’t match what I had envisioned in my mind.
I loved the shape and design of this bottle PLUS it had a topper! How perfect for $2.00.

To make the oil rubbed bronze color, I used regular black craft paint and added some metallic copper and some metallic gold. I did not even prime the bottle first. But I probably should have. If I had primed it, I recommend the spray paint, Rustoleum 2x primer and paint. Then I used antique gold rub n buff to catch all the edges and raised portions of the design. I went ahead and glued the topper on with E6000 so I could put the necklace on without the topper always falling off.

Before I put the necklace on, I sealed the whole project with matte Mod Podge. I bought the necklace from my cousin who sells Paparazzi Jewelry. The gold in the necklace perfectly matched the gold rub n buff.

I really love how it turned out. I can always go back and add more bling. But for now, it is gold and GLORIOUS the way it is.

Go check out some thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets to find some hidden treasures to make into one-of- a-kind, chic, precious projects.

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Enchanting Garden Angel, “Just an eye blink…”

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I had made three different angel like creatures for my Garden Fairy. I only needed one so this was an extra and she looked best with doily wings. So she became a GARDEN ANGEL! Keep reading if you are interested in knowing how she came to land in my garage.

I wasn’t brave enough to draw the body of my garden fairy right onto my canvas. So I practiced in my mixed media pad first. That is the great thing about practicing in a sketch/paint pad first. If you like what you create, you can always cut it out and decoupage it onto a canvas and use it as a mixed media project.

Here I was laying out all the flowers and butterflies that I had in my stash that blended well with the Angel and her wings. I do not put faces on my angels or fairies.

I had painted three angel/fairy girls trying to match their dresses with the wings I had on hand. This particular angel girl looked best with this heart shaped doily that I coffee stained. I cut the doily in half so her wings would look bigger.

Here I had everything glued down. But It still needed some pizazz. You can tell by this picture that I had used some metallic sheen paint.

The quote I decided to use is a partial quote I have heard from many people. I had just used it that week when my husband was commenting about someone on TV and how they had robbed a bank. Yes, they got away with it and that money would help them in THIS LIFE, but what about their eternal life?

Chaim Potok was known for a similar quote.

There is a key in the bottom right hand corner that is kind of hidden in the flower. I love mixed media, because it can have so many hidden messages and meanings.
Here is the quote before I added glitter.
Here it is AFTER glitter.

Below are some closeup pictures so you can see the glitter better. The overall affect of the glitter is not overwhelming. But it does add so much depth and fairy like qualities.

Flowers and butterflies and glitter and shimmer. These are a few of my favorite things.
I outlined her with gold glitter. The rest of the canvas has twilight glitter.
Don’t put your projects away when you are finished. Display them in with seasonal decor or everyday decor.

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Mixed Media Dress

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I recently took an online class with Tricia Robinson and I created this little dress. If you know Tricia you know she is full of whimsy and wonky. I just love her style. Butterflies have been my passion for this year so I choose to highlight them on and around my dress.

I so wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger. But I knew the competition was tough and it was a hard industry to make it in. I loved to sew when I was young because that was before the Walmart’s and malls came into being. There just wasn’t much fashion to choose from in the few stores we had available to us back then. Ordering from the Sears catalog was hit and miss. So I sewed kinda from creativity and kinda from necessity. This little DRESS project was right up my alley. I didn’t even have to get out my sewing machine. lol.

The flowers at the bottom were ruffled cupcake liners. It goes back to your childhood to cut, glue, paint and create. TRY IT! BE CREATIVE!

I won’t explain the process because that is Tricia’s trademark but I just wanted you to know about her mixed media art and online presence and she also creates with a spiritual message.

If you get a chance, go check out Tricia Robinson’s Facebook page. She is awesome.

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Ode to Dolly Art Journal Pages

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I love VINTAGE. These photos of Dolly inspired me to create these two pages for my online Art Journal Challenge. Please keep reading to see what all the challenge was about.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a textured surface. I didn’t have modeling paste so I used floor grout. Believe it or NOT, it worked! It was gray in color which matched the gray tones of the photo so I left it the color it was. The vintage photo to go with it was an older photo of Dolly Parton.

“POUR YOURSELF A CUP OF AMBITION”

I choose a vintage Coffee Pot and Cup photo to go with the song quote “Pour Yourself a Cup of Ambition”.

The blues and yellows and browns were done by Ranger Distressed Inks.

For the next page we were supposed to use choose a photo and a snarky remark and put it all on a background made from Washi tape.

I think Dolly was perfect for this challenge too.

“IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO LOOK THIS CHEAP.”

I had to add the word “Fierce” to this page too. Another journal maker used it and I thought it fit Dolly perfectly.

I remember when Dolly said the quote “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” I laughed and laughed. That’s what I like about her. She has so much humor and wit. She came from humble beginnings and is so down to earth that anyone can relate to her. She is such a STORYTELLER. That is why her song lyrics hit home runs.

Can you believe that I do not own any Washi tape. So I just put a border on the left and at the top.

My black background on this page was painted on. Not with a brush but with a food scraper. It made it look like wood actually. GET CREATIVE! It is so much fun!!

If you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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More About Art Journals

Hi Everyone!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, if you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a stamp with a bird on it. I will add to my rubber stamp collection, but in the meantime I used a scrapbook page that had a bird on it. I also didn’t have any Tim Holtz charms but I did have a key with a message on it.

DREAM (Bird and Key)

I bought some scrapbook paper that looks vintage. If you are not new to my blog, you know I LOVE VINTAGE.
The key charm had DREAM on it. Perfect.

For the background, we used cardboard and took off one smooth side to reveal the channels. That makes the background so interesting. We added some paint in whatever colors we wanted.

The twine was blending in too much so I painted it with a darker color brown.

For the next page we were supposed to use a rubber stamp of a FACE. But I used a vintage picture instead. For my sentiment, I put a prayer I often ask the Lord. “What would you have me do? Where would you have me go? What would you have me say? And to whom?”

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?

When in doubt about your life….say a prayer.
I love this prayer. Sometimes, I think I should give up my arts and crafts and truly retire. Maybe I should give up my blog. But the Lord seems to be telling me to keep going. That’s why this prayer is so precious to me.
Art Journals do not have to be put away in a notebook never to be seen. Take the pages out and display in with your home decor. Especially if they look good with different holidays.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

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Art Journal Pages One and Two

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Who likes to journal? Who likes Art? Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNALl~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and this was two of the first pages I finished.

What I like about it is…everyone’s pages look different. My Art Journal has a definite butterfly theme.

Some people have chosen a WORD FOR 2021. I think I did this unwittingly. My word is BUTTERFLY. Maybe because I want to fly among the flowers. Maybe I want to transform. Maybe I want to take flight. Maybe I want to take the time to enjoy nature. But whatever my reasons, they are beautiful creatures that I can’t wait until spring is here to see again.

My wonderful online teacher is Marjie Kemper. She always recommends using supplies you ALREADY have. For the page below I was supposed to have die cut gears on the right hand edge. But I don’t have a die cutter. So I used ribbon with beads from the Dollar Tree Store.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND SHINE

I also did not have the ready made tag. So I made one from a manila folder. I also was supposed to have a different background. I only had blue card stock. You just go with what you have. I LOVE IT! I did use the DISTRESSED INKS as was recommended. I plan on buying some more stencils. But again I used what I had. I used my computer to create my sentiments.

Up close picture of the Dollar Tree Ribbon.
Up close of my butterfly. I bought a package of four from Michaels. I knew I would use them someday.

For the next page I was supposed to use black card stock as the background. But I only had dark brown scrapbook paper. The left side is a torn page from a book. I have to tell you a secret about myself. I cannot bring myself to tear a page out of a book. I guess maybe I could if it was already falling apart. So I copied a page from a book I had on hand and used that.

FIND YOUR OWN VISION

Marjie has stamps for everything. I didn’t have a stamp with eyes, so I found an image on the internet.

The border on the left was supposed to be another die cut edge. But I used a border from a scrapbook page. I like how she teaches to use stencils and inks to lay across all layers. I also used the computer to make my sentiment. Until I get more stamps. lol.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them. Not all of them will have butterflies, but most of them will.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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