Monday, August 22, 2016

Altered Green Bottles

Hi everyone! I just came back from the mountains of North Carolina inspired by the changing leaves and crisp weather to make some Halloween bottles. When I saw Cec chose the theme 'It's a Small, Small World" at Frilly and Funkie, I knew my bottles would have to be tiny.

I had two green medicine bottles in my stash, and I altered them with some of my new Tim Holtz Halloween goodies I picked up in Charlotte over the weekend. I apologize for the blurry photos, but these are tiny and I had to zoom in with nothing to use but my I phone.




I aged the bottles using Tim Holtz Faux Cracked Glass technique and highlighted the cracks with alcohol inks in Teakwood, Mushroom and Copper Mixative. The lids were also colored with alcohol inks. The gunk you see on the smaller lid is some Distress Crazing I had left drying on my brush from another project I was working on-perfectly icky!!




I tore a few "witches" from Tim's Regions Beyond paper stash, colored them with Distress inks and markers and gave them hats from Tim's Gothic Remnant Rubs. I highlighted the hats with my Recollections opaque marker to have them show up against the dark background and then toned them down again using Frayed Burlap ink. I smeared on Platinum Stickles for a little extra magic.





I aged some pieces from Tim's Curiosities Ephemera pack as well as more rub ons from the Curiosities pack this time, to decorate further. I made some disgusting ooze from gel medium to run down the sides.







Just to show how tiny these bottles are I took a few shots in my alcohol ink stained hand and next to our garden spider. I actually had to put my hand down into his 3D web to get this shot! Eeewww! (The bottles measure 2.5 and 3 inches tall.)



I would like to enter my bottles in the following inspiring challenges:


Thank you for stopping by today and for all your amazing comments! I read and appreciate each and every one! 
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

24 comments:

  1. Hey sweet girl. While this is not my favorite theme in any way, you have proven once again to be a master of all trades. These look so authentically old and mysterious. You have such a way with patina, and I want to learn more! Love your grungy style babe. Hugs, Autumn

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  2. Fabulous teeny Halloween bottles Sara, wonderful crackle and love the witches! Deb xo

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  3. Awesome!!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. So cool, Sara! Love love love your tiny Halloween bottles!
    Claudia xxx

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  5. Gorgeous, love the altered, weathered effects, very inspiring!

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  6. These are wonderfully creepy! I love when the leaves change! Fall is my favorite! And that spider at the end was not funny!

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  7. Favorite secret recipes of the families Maternal Gramma and Paternal Gramma... and it only takes a tiny drop for a big potent in a tiny bottle! These looks well used and well loved for generations Sara. Fun! My guess is that we will see these again soon as part of a bigger project too!!! j.

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  8. Oh wow Sara! These bottles look positively ancient! I love Halloween projects and these are quite amazing, the labels are perfect and so are the witches - you have managed to pack so much into these teeny, tiny bottles. LOVE them!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. Wonderful little bottles. I did not think that Southern ladies such as yourself were supposed to touch ANY kind of bug much less a spider. One of these days I am going to give bottling a go!
    sandy xx

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  10. I love your Halloween projects, Sara Emily! You are amazing at creating very cool and creepy projects! I love how these look like they're so old and have been used over and over and the contents have spilled and leaked onto the bottle labels - eww! Awesome, as always, and I can't wait to see more of your Halloween goodies :-)

    BTW, where did you get your supplies in Charlotte? Is there a new scrapbook store there? Don't know if you ever made it to Family Memories, it was a nice store and sad it closed. It was one of my favorite stops when I would fly into Charlotte to visit my sister for the Southern Christmas Show.

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  11. Fantastic Sara!! Halloween already, yipes, summer really is almost over. sad face. lol. These bottles are just amazing, I love how drippy and eroded and icky they are, like they came straight out of the basement of some creepy witchie serial killerie guy in a horror movie that I would need to watch with the lights on!!! So many wonderful details on such tiny surfaces. love love love!! Oh yes and before I forget, Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'It's a Small World' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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  12. Fabulous transformation of these tiny bottles. They certainly do look goulish and something I would avoid like the plague. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  13. These are brilliant Sara and so much fun. Love them.
    Julie x

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  14. Wonderfully creepy and perfectly altered! Thanks so much for joining the fun at Frilly and Funkie "It's a Small, Small World" Challenge.

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  15. Creepily delightful altered bottles! I love em and the little spider that you photographed as well. I don't mind spired at all, even after getting bit by a Brown Recluse. Anyway, your icky bottles are so freaking fantabulous and gross. Awesome sauce details in such a small space. The ewwww colors are so perfect for this design and I absolutely love all of the details you were able to pack in to such a small space. Wowzers and incredible dearie! Can't wait for Halloween! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  16. Oh, oh - these are fantabulous! Glorious colour and crackle and spooky images. Tiny masterpieces - love'em!
    Alison x

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  17. Love your wonderfully creepy cool bottles, well done! Thanks so much for playing at Things to Alter!~kim (hope this posts, my internet is wonky. forgive if it doubles!)

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  18. Fantastic! Your mini bottles are creepily creative. Love the crackle and images you've used. Thanks for joining us for the "It's a Small, Small World" challenge over at Frilly & Funkie.

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  19. Sara Emily these are magnificent alterations! I love how you've turned innocent bottles into vessels of the imagination with that fabulous Halloween twist. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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  20. As the saying goes 'the best things come in small packages' and your altered bottle are a fine example of that . Totally awesome, grungy unique and alluring. A very creative and imaginative piece of crafting Sara Emily Love them .
    hugs x

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  21. I totally apologize for the delay in commenting...for some reason, your posts aren't showing up in my blog feed :( Blogger is such a pain sometimes...okay, ALL of the time ;)

    These are amazing!! I love, love your altered bottles!! They are creepy and spectacular...creep-tacular :) The cracks are fabulous!! Wow!! Love these little beauties my friend!! You are so creative!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  22. so the bewitching has begun-aye?!! bwaaaa haahaaahaahaaaaaa!
    teehee couldn't resist! xoxo

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  23. Fantastic Bottles Sara Emily! Love how you created them! Thanks for joining us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

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