Friday, 1 January 2016

Crackled bottles

Hello for the second time today. If you missed my Distressed Pop Art earlier today you can find it here. It's a new year and a new month and the start of a new challenge at Country View Crafts. The theme is chosen by Brenda and she is asking us to be inspired by bottles.

I love adding crackles to bottles and have made a few of these wall hangings featuring bottles and flowers. Any little glass bottle -  add some matt medium, let it dry, add crackle paint. Sometimes I also colour them with alcohol inks or archival inks - but these I just left plain.

My background is MDF with a base coat of gesso and then various colours added using a brayer to get the shabby look. I use Paper Artsy or Cosmic shimmer paints usually. Less is more when brayering and, depending how you have added your base coat of gesso, the brayering technique will pick up the texture of the brush strokes. For this pink one the brush strokes were vertical.

On this one I had stippled the base coat to give a more random texture.
Once I am happy with the background and the bottles are dry I add 
chit chat stickers and glue it all together.

Do hop over to the CVC Challenge blog where there is lots more 'bottle' inspiration today.


  1. A wonderful idea and the bottle look fantastic against the background

    Happy 2016

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Nikki these are superb! Fabulous idea created so beautifully . Love the delicately crackled flowers. Wonderful touch x

  3. These are really charming, Nikki - the crackle on the jars is great, and so fabulous to have it echoed on the flowers too. Love both background variations too - brilliant take on the theme. And Happy New Year again!!
    Alison xx

  4. Beautiful wall shabby and great idea to use a brayer for the distressed look. Wishing you a happy and creative 2016. Hugs.

  5. Such a pretty make Nikki - I adore this! Hugs rachel x

  6. Og dear.. These are so lovely, adorable and decorative. Really such a great idea.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  7. Quite simply beautiful work Nikki! Jenny x

  8. Love your beautiful crackled bottles Nikki and the wonderful labels you added to them, what a gorgeous home decor piece!Deb xo


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