Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Calypso Cooler w Creative Paperclay

Altered Liquor Bottle Using Creative Paperclay

This project was inspired by the character, Calypso, from the Disney film, Pirates of the Caribbean. She is my second favorite character in the film and I especially love her hair. After I determined the subject matter, I decided to search for a suitable alcoholic beverage name. I was overjoyed when the name Calypso Cooler came across the computer screen.

I then looked through my rubber stamps hoping I had an image that would fit my vision. I selected the lady as a focal point image I wanted to show the calmer side of Calypso in modern day times. 

Since I am a novice in creating altered bottles, I needed to determine the best products to make this project work for me. Then after viewing an informative YouTube tutorial about Creative Paperclay, I knew this product would be perfect to employ for the job.

Creative Paperclay was FUN and EASY to work with it and I cannot wait to play with it again. It is definitely replaced one of my top 3 products to use on a frequent basis. 

I obtained this bottle at a birthday party and I was so excited about it. Maybe too excited. I love the character, shape of the bottle and the fact the top was wooden. OH JOY! I just started creating altering bottles and one of the main things I look for when collecting a bottle canvas is the space across the front because I love adding my own titles to most of my projects. I really take time selecting a good name for my creations.  I try to create projects that exercising my storytelling skills and conversation starters that lead to questions about my concept thinking. 

I love playing with new products and applying them to my projects.  The above picture shows all the products I used except for the shells. I did not use the flourish chipboard dies shown because I changed my mind after preparing the prototype. I recently purchased a few of the Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint and really love working with it, but I must say the star was the Creative Paperclay. I cannot believe all the things I was able to do with it for this project. It saved me time in creating texture, letters and molds for this project. 

For most of my projects, I create a prototype or sketch and identify the products I plan on using before I begin. I learned that this method has helped me organize my thoughts, save money on product and promotes the usage of products I have not experimented with yet. At times, I might changed my mind such as in this project I adjust placement of the lace, but otherwise, I stay on course.

I used several art supplies for this project, but I can confidently say that Creative Paperclay was my absolute favorite product of all. My top three were Creative Paperclay, Amazing Mold Putty and the Prima Chalkboard Paint. 

Now to the step by step instruction.

If you liquor bottle has a top, paint it according to the type of material it is made from. I used Precious Metal Effect Paint because it can be used on most non porous surfaces. I love the results and it worked perfectly. This product takes 3 days to fully cured by dries fast. 

I used Amazing Mold Putty to embossed image of stamps instead of debossed, stamp images for focal points of project and to add texture. 

Now, place the clay items on the liquor bottle. When attaching lace and trim, you can press item in the clay and glue the ends of the material. You do not have to use any adhesive to apply clay to the bottle. However, you can use a little water with a paint brush to apply the letters.

Applying modeling paste to add more texture, if desire. You can skip this step if you like the way your project looks without adding texture, because you can paint directly on the Creative Paperclay.

Apply paint. I used Prima Chalkboard Paint for the background and octopus tentacles on back of bottle, watercolor markers for the image in the front and a couple colors from the Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint collection.

After painting your project, let it dry for about an hour or longer. Then you can add finishing touches. I used Prima Chalk Edgers, a few colors of Viva Decor Inka Gold, Stampendous Stamps White Mica Fragments and sea shells to finish the project off. I really enjoyed creating this altered liquor bottle and I plan to create many more. Note: It is best to apply Viva Decor Inka Gold with your finger. Yes, your finger. If you use a brush, you might apply too much. It easily washes off so do not worry about that. 

If you want to make a Calypso Cooler and try it out, it's a REAL DRINK

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1 comment:

  1. wow, what a great project, thanks for your interest in being a part of the Creative paperclay team