Monday, October 27, 2014

Altered Pages and Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 27

Hello everyone, and welcome to Day 27.  Barbara here for Altered Pages, who is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors.  Our Design Team is participating in this month-long hop, so if you would like to hop along, the blog roll is on the side bar!  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

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Welcome to Day 18 of the 31 Days of Halloween
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My project is an apothecary jar that holds some pretty creepy ingredients!
I began this project with an empty plastic bottle.  It had square sides, which is going to make it easy to adhere collage images, and stands approximately 6-1/2" high, including the cap.  I decided to first cover the bottle with paper before applying the different mediums.
Trim Mechanical Marvels paper to 5-1/2" x 12".  Apply adhesive to reverse side with a Xyron or other dry adhesive.  (Tip:  Even though I did not use them for this project, I had room to run a border piece through my Xyron, so instead of wasting adhesive, I punched a couple of spider web borders from Graveyard Black card stock and applied adhesive to those strips, too!)
Adhere print paper to bottle.
Brush on a light coat of the white gesso, leaving some of the paper visible.  Allow gesso to dry.
Lay the Art Anthology (AA) Kaleidoscope stencil over one side and mist lightly with the AA Waimea Bay Colorations Spray.
Dab excess spray with a paper towel, then continue around the bottle, stenciling all four sides.
Pounce AA Kenyan Copper Sorbet paint through the stencil on all four sides.  Use a light touch and a fairly dry brush so you don't get a lot of bleed through.
Here is a closeup of one of the sides showing the color variations, and I hope you can see the beautiful glittery shimmer from the Copper.  It is so pretty!
I spritzed lightly with black Dylusions spray and dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.  It toned everything down a bit.
Layer a thick coat of  AA Limeaid and Red Velvet Cake Sorbet acrylic paints with your finger or a silly stick, pouncing up and down to get that great dimension.  The paint is still wet in this photo, and as you will see in the remaining photos, it changes quite a bit.
I applied white gesso to the jar lid, and when dry, again dabbed on a coat of the AA Limeaid dimensional paint.  It mixed a bit with the white gesso for a lighter look.  When that dried, dabbed Orange Zest StazOn randomly, then I hit the high spots with Black StazOn to get this awesome, ooooey gooey look.
I cut out the witch image and adhered it to a piece of fun foam, then adhered that to the bottle. I used the Faber-Castell black Big Brush Pen to edge my collage image.

To make the tag, I first printed out the Gross Halloween Food Labels onto a piece of orange print paper.  Then I added a very light coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer to an acrylic tag and adhered it directly over the label I wanted to use.
When dry, I cut it out and punched the hole out with an awl or paper piercer.  I hung it from the jar with a piece of gray jute wrapped around the neck of the jar.
I made Halloween flowers from black netting that was holding produce by rolling it up lengthwise, tying black jute around it every couple of inches, and trimming off just below the jute.  When I spread the top open, I got these wonderful, spiky flowers perfect for Halloween.
A couple of close-up photos to show off some of the details.  Here is that luscious texture I got from those luscious AA dimension acrylics.  I applied Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink pad directly to the high spots to bring out that fabulous texture.
A closer look at those eerie black flowers I made from the netting.  


Altered Pages:  Graveyard Black card stock; Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper; Gross Halloween Food Labels; Antique Halloween collage sheetwhite gesso; 3D Crystal Lacquer; Silly Sticks; Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (black);
Art Anthology Dimensional Paints:  Red Velvet Cake; Limeade; Kenyan Copper; Kaleidoscope stencil
IMAGINATION Crafts/Tsukineko:  Black, Orange Zest StazOn midi ink pads; Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink pad
Other:  Orange print paper; clear acrylic tag; plastic skeleton; Spanish moss; black netting

Check out the Halloween special on the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells papers, while supplies last.

So glad you stopped by today.  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win the grand prize on the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop, and also leave a comment on the Altered Pages blog for a chance to win that fab prize package from Art Anthology and Altered Pages.  

Have a wonderful week!!!

Barbara Rankin


  1. Barbara, you are racing to the finish line with a burst of creativity! Your projects keep getting better and better! Love this altered bottle!! Those flowers are delicious!! And that technique is fab!! Disgusting tag for this early in the morning which means fantastic job!!

  2. Glad to see a second look at this fabulous project! that dimensional paint is amazing. Still trying to get over the peeling scabs. Suppressing the gag reflex here. LOL xxD

  3. Still loving this altered bottled.

  4. Fabulous use of stencil on the bottle itself. I can't see any bleedthrough.
    The sekleton sitting on the toxic top has such a happy grin.

  5. Love your stenciling and awesome details. Gorgeous texture. Adore the mesh flowers! I have to try that, so spooky and cool!~kim

  6. Totally enjoyed another look see coz it's just ooozing with delightful gruesome details!

  7. Great apothecary jar - so much to look at!!

  8. Lovely Apothecary bottle. love the stencil used.

  9. Wonderful bottle! I think my favorite parts are the dimensional Sorbet acrylic paint and the little spiky Halloween flowers.

  10. Amazing project! Love how you used a stencil, fab idea.

  11. Wow, this is amazing! What a transformation.

  12. This is so gross it's cool! Nice job on the bottle for sure! Love your props! They make me smile!