Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Altered Vase - Finnabair

Hi there,  I while back I altered two book boxes and the whole mixed media bug bit me.  I know look at things differently.  I look at them and think of what they may become...if you get my meaning.  This past weekend I altered a glass vase.  I was inspired after watching Olga Bielska alter a vase in a YouTube video.  I pretty much followed her steps and this is how my vase turned out:

The back of the finished altered vase:
I love how the colour drips on the back and the texture that was added using Finnabair Art stones and mini artstone.

 This is what I started with.  A simple glass vase bought from Home Etc.

 I first primed the vase with heavy black Gesso

 I then used my Iron Orchid molds and paper clay to make some embellishments to add.

 I also dug into my stash for additional embellishments that could work.  I ended up not using the lace because I didn't want to hide the texture that I had going on already.

 I then covered the vase with a thick coat of white crackle paste.  I applied it with my finger.  Even before it dried I added the paper clay embellishments in the areas where I wanted the interest.

 Just look at those yummy crackles with the black gesso peeking throug.

 When the crackle paste was dry and the paper clay embellishment firmly stuck down, I started building my flower cluster using heavy body gel.  I wasn't really concerned about the colours of the roses as they will all be cover with heavy white gesso later.

 I added some lace around the top of the vase with some heavy body gel  and then when all was dry I coated everything with white gesso.  You have to be very careful that your rose petals don't stick to each dry between each layer that you apply.  

 Unfortunately I didn't photograph after I applied the art stones and mini art stones to the entire project...on the flowers as well.  You can see the texture on the flowers here.

 I then used Lindy's Stamp Gang as well as Prima Mists on the project.  I couldn't get the colours I wanted so I decided to use my Lindy'Stamp Gang magical shakers in Time Travel Teal and Polka Purple.  This is pigment powders that you sprinkle onto your project and then spritz with your water bottle.  I loved that I had control over where my colour went.  The photo above shows the vase before I added some White Gold Metallique Wax by Finnabair.  At this point your project must dry out totally before you apply the finishing touches.

 I applied the wax with my finger to highlight some of the details.

 I love how this turned out...and I am on the lookout for the next project that needs altering.

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  1. Wowwwwwwwwww! This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and the textures!!! Just STUNNING!!!!!!!

  2. oh wow from a plain glass vase to something so stunning and interesting and pretty.. loved the step by steps.. love the colors too...

  3. Certainly a beautiful transformation....just gorgeous! ;-)


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