Wednesday 8 July 2015

hand in hand...

Hello Crafty peeps…
A big sunny welcome to all of you. It is quite warm here in this part of the globe and how I miss the beaches in Bangalore! It is such a lovely place to hangout with friends or your loved ones! I am sure all of us have fond memories and some good times to catch up when we think about summers and beaches…
And so…I decided to bring the beach” to my living room with this altered project for you. Trust me and this whole thing smell good too cos what I have altered is an “ex-fabric conditioner” bottle, lol!
I went about creating random textures with modeling paste to white I have added some white glue so that the paste adheres well to the plastic bottle. I applied the mixture with a spatula so that it is uneven and coarse.
When the paste was wet, I stuck some cheese cloth for added texture. Once dry, I sprit zed the bottle with a lovely beachy blue ink diluted in the mister and allowed it to run and take its natural course. I liked the pattern it created just like the waves and in places I just kept it white. Some color splats in brown and black adds more texture.
I have never done “so much white” till now…this is again stepping from my comfort zone!
For the base I applied some sand texture paste and colored it with Walnut stain DS to give it a sand and moss look. The fence it made with twigs from the garden and I have brought them together with a piece of twine.
The shells and starfish are all made with plaster of paris and silicon molds. My first try with POP and I just love how it takes to the colors applied. I just applied some blue ink, walnut DS and lined it with archival black ink. Love the “dirty look” here!
I decided to bring in a couple to walk on this beach…it’s a print from the net and I made them a cozy frame by mounting the picture onto chip board and giving a border with roller paper chord. I have applied brushed pewter DS randomly and embellished the frame with shells collected over the years! 
You can also see a tiny POP flower…my fav embellishment in this project. A metal chain added and the frame casually dangles from the bottle…wait for other side!
The caption again is from the net and thought was perfect for this project. I hand wrote it on tissue paper and adhered with gel medium.
Now, for the back…continuing with the same texture, you see the other side of the chain that held the frame together! This side there is a wicker heart and some dolphin charms all held together with an Ideology Trinket pin ”memoirs”.
I have covered the mouth of the bottle with twine and applied gesso over it for some texture.
The bottle is filled with white sand and I gathered a whole lot of dried twig fro the garden for a dry arrangement. The twigs have been dry brushed wit gesso randomly and I have those tiny little POP flowers! Don’t they look beautiful?
For the first time I have kept all my flowers “virgin white” and yes, that is a bold step from me to restrain them from coloring or inking. I quite like the “white white” look here as it goes with the theme. I am already making a bunch of embellishments with POP as it is easy to mix and dries in a jiffy (just few mins)!!!
Here is the quote for you once more..

Some people see more in a Walk on the Beach
than others in a trip around the World.

How romantic and true!

Well, that brings us to the end of the walk. Hope you enjoyed and I would love to read what you have to say about this.

I am entering my bottle beach in the following challenges…
Anything ButCute – summer romance
That Craftplace – AG mixed media
Craft forthe Craic- summer fun
Lessology – wood grain
TIOT -  In the Frame
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and re cycling,


  1. Wow rupa.. This is lovely! ! Please do a tutorial for this one...thanks

  2. Amazing altered project with such a beach feel to it and I love the way you made the frame.

    Thank you for joining in at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Such a lovey altered project Rupa..=I loved the fresh blue color and yes the white flowers look very nice !

  4. Lovely colors Rupa! So glad your POP embellishments worked!

  5. Really evokes the beach feel Rupa !! love the quote and your beautiful framing !!

  6. Send me a little sun Rupa. It's sooo cold here. I'm dreaming of the beach now looking at your creation.

  7. love the embellishments and soo true with the wordings. the twigs give an authentic beachy look

  8. Wow, this is a stunning alteration. So much detail and texture, it does make you dream for the sea and beach.
    Yvonne xx

  9. WOW WOW WOW!! Oh Rupa, you never fail to amaze me with your creativity! Altering a fabric softener bottle is pure genius!! I just love the blues and all your amazing shells! That little fence is a brilliant addition and the heart and dolphins made me say ooh and aah!! A gorgeous transformation that just whisked me away to a shoreline with white sand and sunny skies! Well done my friend!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Summer Romance' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    PS, in order to qualify for prizes or awards, you would need to display our mood board. Here is the link.

    1. Thank you so much Rupa for throwing our mood board up. Gave me an excuse to come back for some more oohing and aahing! tee hee. hugs :)

  10. WOW WOW and WOW again!
    A teriffic project Rupa!
    Thank you for joining us at TIOT's again.

  11. Rupa this is truly gorgeous, I love it. Love the blue teal.Genius idea to alter the bottle. I'm your newest follower too. Michelle xx

  12. Wow...this is fantastic the freshness...blues...white flowers...n wooden frame...awesome everything !! :)

  13. Mind blowingly beautiful. Fresh n romantic. Love the POP embellishments.

  14. Gorgeous make dear Rupa! Never would have dreamed that this stunning design is an ex-fabric conditioner bottle-that in itself is amazing. All the little elements you have added to this alterd piece create quite the Summer Romance! The sentiment is perfect! Awesome sauce.

    Thanks for joining in our Summer Romance challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki DT

  15. What an amazing transformation, Rupa! Your background really is reminiscent of waves, and your picket fence is creative genius! Now these shells made from plaster of Paris and painted so beautifully are SO realistic, I would have thought you just collected them from a beach! Great way to portray the beach--so amazingly creative, my friend! Thank you for joining our Summer Romance Challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  16. Beautiful lovely different elements. Thanks for joining our July challenge over at Craft for the Craic.

  17. What a fabulous Summer Romance make Rupa!!! So much texture and so many beautiful embellishments so nicely arranged...Love that fence and such a nice way to display that gorgeous photo!
    Thank you so very kindly for joining the Summer Romance challenge I am hosting at Anything But Cute!!
    Samra DT

  18. So beautiful! Love the way you've used wood for our LESSology challenge....& I'm so glad you restrained yourself & left the flowers white...they look lovely:):) Thanks for joining in with us this month:)

  19. This is stunning, I love it!

  20. This is beautiful. You've done an amazing transformation of the bottle. I LOVE the colours and the beachy theme! You are so creative!

    Thank you for joining us at LESSology.

  21. Hi Rupa, this is a fabulous altered project love the beach theme.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril x

  22. Brilliant transformation of an everyday object - really well thought out and it looks lovely! Cxx

  23. This project looks so exciting and is perfect for the summer theme! Loved how you have used a bottle to recycle! Those embellishments and wooden twigs are also a wonderful way to decorate your project! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at Craft for the Craic. :)
    Suchi- GDT Craft for the Craic xx

  24. This project is so cool. Great piece of art and well worked. Love it.
    thanks for sharing, Angela Craft for the Craic.

  25. Gorgeous transformation and fun up cycling project. I love the beach theme :) thank you for sharing with us at LESSology