Monday, February 15, 2016

Altered Rusty Lava Bottle

Well a new chapter has started at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk Challenge. The theme is "Anything Goes" as long as it has a Steampunk(ish), Industrial, or Vintage feel. I wanted to try making something masculine because I don't remember a time where I made something specifically manly. So, I had a Maker's Mark whisky bottle and the process started. Hiccup!
I applied 2 coats of HEAVY white gesso to the entire bottle and left it to dry overnight. I have been learning a lot about altering bottles and using the heavy gesso always works for me. Next came some DecoArt Quinacridone Gold acrylic paint.
I left the label spot blank but could have painted it as well. Then next step was a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood and when it was dry I painted a layer of DecoArt Transparent Red Iron Oxide. While the paint was drying I layered on some rusting powder to the neck and lid of the bottle then set out making my label. 

The label was made from crafters foam (fun foam) and painted with Quinacridone Gold, then a coat of Titanium white antiquing cream and then a layer of of Patina Green Antiquing cream (drying between layers). I used a baby wipe to rub off some of the antiquing creams and  then randomly painted some Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide here and there. 
I grabbed a few stamps and had some fun then used a paper puncher to make my "nail" heads. Those were made from fun foam and painted with Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold. 

A coat of DecoArt Matte Varnish was painted over the labels and some light inking in black was applied to the entire bottle. The side labels were painted the same as the front (and back) and stamped with a different stamp.The picture below is of the side and back of the bottle. Viola! 

I can't wait to see what you create, and remember to check out what my teamies have made as well! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki


26 comments:

  1. Wow Niki, your altered bottle is out of this world fabulous! I love the richness of the background colour, the wonderful crackle and the label is fantastic. It is hard to imagine this now as a plain whiskey bottle! Fabulous work! Hugs, Anne xx

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  2. You are right in your element working on these bottles, what a cool design and great layering!

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  3. Absolutely ASTOUNDING Niki... what a transformation. That "label" is completely INCREDIBLE. The weathered wood turned out so INTRIGUING and I absolutely ADORE the colors. This is... to me... a masterpiece in bottle art. For a masculine bottle it's really handsome... and he has great nail heads too!!! j.

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  4. Spectacular. Love how you made it look so vintage with the label and the dripped wax look at the top is fabulous. Also loved your little "hiccup" when you mentioned what kind of bottle it was. I am a scotch drinker but recently tried bourbon and quite enjoyed it. If I could turn a bourbon bottle into something as wonderful as this I might just start drinking more of it.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  5. Wooooow, Niki, you have outdone yourself with this one! It's breathtaking! Ooooooooh, what a perfect weathered wood technique, what a genius idea to create 'nail' heads out of a funky foam! It looks so real! Fantastic rust effect! I just LOVE everything about this masterpiece of art! Glorious alteration, my friend! Big hugs to you! Branka xxx

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  6. Niki, wow, this is awesome!! It looks like a bottle on fire with that beautiful red! Love those quinacridones!! I never thought of using gesso on a bottle, great idea! Cool label, by the way. I guess we can now say, yes, we can find inspiration in the bottom of a bottle :) Hugs!! Maura

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  7. Very Nice job! Thanks for sharing at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!

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  8. I am a bit late to this party, sorry! But I LOVE YOUR BOTTLE!! Wow - fantastic colors followed by an INCREDIBLE label!! I want one of these!! xxx Lynn

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  9. Thank you for joining in challenge 117 'With Love' over on the left of centre challenges challenge blog.

    Love that you have chosen to go LOC this week. Your make is marvellous and the label looks totally distressed and authentic.

    I hope you will continue to play along with us each week for more oppeetunities to win some gorgeous images.

    ❤️ & hugs
    Lisa xxxx LOC DT Member

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  10. Oh, so sorry I am late to the party! And I see all the bourbon is gone! But that's ok because you have done wonderful things to the empty! Love that beautiful crackly finish and in such a wonderful color! That drippy thing around the neck is awesome and so are those nail heads, although the last time I tried driving nails into a bottle the results were quite shattering! Tee Hee! Great label; I think the folks at Maker's Mark might want to change theirs up a bit! Just another fabulous bottle. I had a look in my bottle cabinet today, and I have to say I'm getting mighty close to having a go at it...so inspiring! Big hugs!

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  11. Wow, this is just fantastic Doc!! It looks like a bottle straight off an old pirate ship, wowzers!! Love the iron oxide look to this with the added rusted drippage, oh how fun!! Your label turned out fantastic too, love the frame of nail heads! So many wonderful techniques here, it sure is fun to watch you put it all together!! Just out of curiosity, did the bottle come with the wax drippy top or did you add that yourself somehow? Well I love it either way, you sure have mastered the art of bottle alteration! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! hugs :)

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  12. Oh be still my beating heart!!! Utterly gorgeous. Love it to bits. Jenny x

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  13. Loving the detailing and the overall design I amazing. Thanks for joining us atone Mixed Media Challenge - Red. Michelle, DT member

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  14. Wow...what an alteration...it really is awesome.I love the rust look and also the steampunk style..
    A fabulous work of art...
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

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  15. Fabulous project idea and stunning too -
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
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  16. Love your bottle. The colours and texture is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares.
    -Katelyn DT member at Emerald Creek

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  17. This is a very cool idea! I didn't know you could coat glass with gesso, so thanks for the creative tutorial. Blessings!

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  18. Wow absolutely stunning..thank you for all your ideas and inspiration x

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  19. Fabulous alter! I love the bird skull. The label is super wow! Love it. Awesome Steampunk, you are amazing! Thanks again for playing with us at Things to Alter!~kim

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  20. Wow! I think I need to get some heavy gesso. Such a gorgeous project Nikki I had no idea this could be done. You are so inspiring huni Karen xx

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  21. This is amazing, love everything about what you have done and thank you for a great tutorial... Thank you for joining us at More Mixed Media and good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

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  22. Great work. Thank you for joining the challenge at More Mixed Media. Hope to see you again next time.
    Granmargaret
    DT for More Mixed Media
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  23. Oh girl, you crack me up! You seem to have a lot of bottles ;) This might be my fave yet. The colors rock, and everything "feels" right. Ok, the foam nailheads a FREAKING AWESOME.

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  24. Wow, that bottle looks amazing and I bet it was fun emptying it too!! The process looks like a lot of fun with some great techniques. Thank you for sharing them with us at Altered Eclectics.

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  25. this looks so old and aged, such a great piece of altered art, thank you so much for joining in with our first challenge at Things to Alter.

    Jac x

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