Hello and welcome to a little mini marvel created for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey.
The lovely Anne Redfern is our host this month and she is challenging us to create something in miniature - it could be a little book, a tiny scene, a small canvas, a wall hanging or even a box. It MUST be 4" or less in size and be created in your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.
Whilst travelling home from Switzerland last week I had a Gin and Tonic on the plane (as you do ...... ) and as soon as I saw the little miniature Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle I knew I wanted to alter it for Anne's challenge.
I had no idea whether the plastic would take any of my usual products but was delighted to see that it did although I did need to add a couple of coats of gesso first before adding a background colour for the crackle to give it a bit of tooth.
I have no photographs of the process as I am crafting at night time at the moment as our waking moments are filled with intensive puppy lead training!
I used PaperArtsy Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint for the base colour before crackling it with DecoArt Weathered Wood (it is easier to apply with a paintbrush). I then used PaperArtsy Chalk Fresco Finish for the upper coat. The cracks looked huge on such a small bottle, so I added a little rose from a napkin to tone it down a bit!
I had to hunt for some smaller than usual embellishments - tiny thin lace, the smallest of the pearl buttons and paper flowers and also a little quote which again would not be overpowering.
Some more small embellishments of the top of the bottle. I decided to ditch the little metal cap as this hadn't really taken the paints very well.
And just to prove its size!
I hope you are able to join us for our challenge - it was certainly fun altering this miniature bottle and it really looks quite cute against some of my bigger altered bottles.
You will be amazed at the wonderful array of projects created by my fellow AVJ Creative Guides. Do hop on over to the AVJ blog and have a look as you can't fail to be inspired!
You will also find all the details of how to enter our challenge and the chance to win a wonderful selection of chipboard and wood veneer embellishments from our sponsor Southern Ridge Trading Co.
Thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful weekend!