Do you have ever an idea spark and feel excessively overwhelmed!!. This project was one such an effort for me. I saw an African statue on sale #homegoods and wanted to make it a vase top. While I was trying purchase a right vase it occurred to we could upcycling the many whiskey , wine bottles we throw… at one point I wanted to create an array of the to be arranged over the kitchen shelving , but that idea evolved and eventually we decided pay homage all tribal / indigenous arts/designs .. starting with Africa , moved on to Native American, Egyptian and now on Indian, one bottle per category. I still have Aztec, aboriginal Australian etc to venture. If not anything this is a great conversation starter. Not to mention some of the hubs friends calling dibs on one for them… only one condition .. I will do the art but whoever gives the bottle to me will clean the bottle and clear the labels 😉.
It was a bit of struggle to figure out how to remove the labels .. not all of them come off that easily even with goof off.. finally the solution we found was to soak the bottles in water , vinegar and baking soda.. just FYI in case you ever plan to venture.
For this series I decided to go black and white since my house is too colorful.. then came the question how do I make my base ready.. I could have gone through the tedious process of creating layers of acrylic coat, drying between coats, and then painting on top of the base.
I was trying figure out a more efficient approach to getting a very smooth base; that’s when I discovered #krylon spray paints.. the base turned out pretty smooth. Then the next question was do I use brush, then again my best works were done on my couch 😝 so I used painters pen to complete the rest of the work.. soon I will shoot some process videos to share with all of you. I have more to go.. but this has been one utterly enjoyable and gratifying experiences.. now on to the debate on how to display them 😋
Did I mention I customized the bottle caps? (mostly 😋) to suit the origin of the art. Ciao more gab of my ventures next time