Monday, September 15, 2014

A Touch of Darkness at Aurora Wings

This is a very busy Monday for me! I'm so excited about the new Challenge at Aurora Wings with the exciting theme of


I've chosen to alter a bottle that originally looked like this.  Fortunately, the wine is yumbo, 'cause I really, really REALLY love the bottle.  However, the writing both back and front has to be scraped off with a razor before altering.

Then I colored the gorgeous dark mermaid, Secret Kiss, with Copics cut her out with a Spellbinders Grand Oval and Mod Podged her to the bottle.  I used the gloss variety, since the bottle was glossy, and kept adding layers until the finish was very smooth.

Didn't quite know how to age the bottle, but tried some Rock Candy Crackle paint.  Seemed like the bottle of paint was too small to paint my whole bottle so I didn't try to cover it all.  Unfortunately, I didn't apply it thick enough to get the large crackle I was going for, and it kind of looked frosty, so I took alcohol inks and ran them down the bottle, diluting them in places with Copic blender.

I used Glossy Accents around the image and sprinkled on mica flakes.  Then set about creating the rest of the scene, ripping cheesecloth and finding shells and other bits and bobs. 

I colored reindeer moss with Distress re-inkers,  added a skull and applied crackle to a tiny bottle and rolled up a message inside.  Found some lichen I'd saved which looked to me like under sea plants as well.

I draped a chain around the neck of the bottle and added a compass.  Finally, I stuffed more moss into the top and glued on a shell stopper that I'd painted, and sprinkled with mica flakes and added the bottom leg bones and foot coming out of the opening in the shell.  (hee hee!)  I don't often do projects like this because I'm way to impatient to wait for things to dry, but I gotta say, after some tense moments, I really love how it came out.  

Now, please visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the fabulously dark and gorgeous projects by my DT Sisters and don't forget to scroll down to see the winners from Challenge #6. Also, our September FB Challenge, which runs through September 30th is Anything Goes, so be sure to enter both challenges, if appropriate.  I hope you're inspired to channel your dark side.


  1. This is absolutely awesome! I love it!
    Linda xxx

  2. I love this mixed media masterpiece, Donna! So fun to look at all the pictures for details and all the steps taken to create this gorgeous bottle. Love the glossy finish on the colored image and all the little details that complete this amazing project!!

    Big hugs,
    Mitzi xxx

  3. Donna this is stunning thanks for sharing over at Punk You Girl xx

  4. Donna this is simply stunning...Love it!!
    Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

  5. Marvelous techniques on your mixed media project! Thanks for bringing your art to 613 Avenue Create.

  6. Wow!!! This is fabulous ......great image and adornments.

    Annie x

  7. My Holy Freaking G-d! (nice professional comment!!!) this is absolutely unreal! I am so glad you wrote how you did this Donna. But I am very sad you drank all this up (boooo) and I hope you replaced it quickly! Your explanation is stellar because I would NOT have a clue what you did to get there. Do you have a HUGE collection of Tim and otherwise metal in your crafts? It looks like a candy shop of wonderbar pieces on this and I really tell you, if I saw this in a shop I would covet it immediately! I hope you sell these - in fact all your work. Get that etsy going girl!!! Your addition to Punk You Girl is amazing Donna!!!! Many thanks. Luvz Samara DT PYG. x

  8. WOW!! This is amazing. Thank you for the great description too, some lovely touches to this, like the foot in the shell! Thank you for emptying the bottle in the name of art, what a sacrifice and SO worth it. Hope to see you again at All Crafts Challenge.

  9. Absolutely stunning, love everything..Thank you for joining us at Punk You Girl and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy xx

  10. Donna,
    I just love your bottle. I love altered bottles as you probable know and I have looked at them on Pintrest, but I have not seen any bottles as wonderfully awesome as this one! This is beyond gorgeous! You colored your AW image just awesome, love all the dots. And the trinkets you have placed all over is just perfect! I just love love love this altered bottle! Thank you for entering in "Left of Center Creative Challenges."
    (LOC DT)

  11. Another winner here Donna! I wish I had the time to create pieces like this more often, so much detail - I could just sit and look at this all day. Thanks so much for another inspiring piece of art (and thanks for sharing at LOC and PYG too!!)

  12. Fantastic alteration of a bottle. Wine will never taste the same again!! must have taken you ages to achieve this amazing result. Thankyou for sharing with us at Craft My life challenge. Hugs Mrs A. (D.T.)

  13. What an incredible piece of art. So detailed and beautiful. Thanks for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd - hope to see you again with your fab creations. Cxxx

  14. Oh My!!! Donna, this is an exceptional piece. I absolutely love it, so much wonderful detail. Also love how you used the lichen & moss, they really add to the old and overgrown look of your bottle. You'd love the moss that grows around here, it is a lovely green color similar to the green in the area of your Rock Candy Crackle paint. I have been saving a bag of it for quite some time and will have to go look for it again. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration, you're piece is simply too gorgeous for words.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  15. Gorgeous altered bottle! It has so many spooky details! Wow! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  16. Hi Donna, I am loving this altered bottle, so much gorgeous texture and detail.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at The Mirror Crack'd and happy crafting, Angela x

  17. This is fabulous - love it hun..Thank you for sharing with us Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you in future challenges
    Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu x

  18. OH MY GOODNESS could this get anymore gorgeous! Wow, I just love everything about it. You have made that image look as if it's actually part of the glass of the bottle and all those gorgeous little additions make this a stunner of a project.

    Thanks for sharing in our first ever challenge.

    The Mirror Crack'd

  19. This is very creative! I can't believe how much detail you added to this bottle!

  20. Donna this is amazing! you're such an artist, i love what you've done with this bottle, it's awesome! THanks for joining us at PunkyouGirl this month! And thank you for playing at LOC too! mo xxx

  21. Wow, that bottle must have taken ages to complete. Soo much detail.
    Papercraft Nook

  22. Gorgeous alteration, it looks fab!!
    Thank you for joining us at Mirror cracked challenge this month.


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