Monday, 1 February 2016

Woody Wishes

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. My house is a total mess this week with old walls being stripped off their color and new ones coming up..I am lovin it!
Nevertheless, I got to spend time in my haven and this time for my DT project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit, I decided to alter a wine bottle. Its always altered art or mixed media, so play along and do take the time to see what’s in there for inspiration.
So what’s new from me???
This is one is special to me cos it is inspired by my recent yearend holiday in the woods. We were in the middle of a coffee plantation estate with peppers and coffee all around. Tall trees, birds chirping and sometimes the calls of the wild... all so inspiring! I even brought back a piece of the bark which actually triggered this project.
We stayed in a tree house which was the closest to nature kind of feel and I wanted to bring that over in a bottle. Why a wine bottle cos I could gift this to a someone special who dosen’t drink!
Let’s start...
Step1- Having cleaned the bottle, I sponged in a layer of gesso. I was quite eager to use up this lovely decoupage napkin with birds and knew this was just right for this project. Once I decoupaged the napkin, I was ready to work on the base of the bottle.
Step2- I created faux bark texture on corrugated cardboard using homemade texture paste and a palette knife. I patiently waited for it to dry and worked on the fussy cut butterflies and colored them using my new water brush pens. What fun.
Step3- Once the faux bark dried, I twisted and curled it for a natural look and painted it with a couple of acrylic colors. It was then stuck to the bottle base and between the bottle and the bark, I planted some coconut coir. After all the birds needed a home! A few flowers to match the napkin and a cozy abode for the birds was ready.
Step4- Remember I told you this was for a someone special. So I used the Sizzix thin lits die in brown and black and off set the alphabets to give some depth and then heat embossed it with clear UTEE. It was strong enough to dangle from the bottle neck.
So here it is...woody wishes in a bottle.
Hope this inspires you to play along.
I would like to enter the following challenges...
4 Crafty chicks- Anything But A card
Little Red Wagon- They say its your birthday
Country View Challenges- Inspired by bottles
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and re cycling


  1. Oh wow Rupa! Stunning as always. I just adore that blue. x

  2. Your projects always blow me away Rupa,you can turn just about anything in to something fabulous...just like you have with this bottle,it is stunning...x

  3. stunning work Rupa !! love how the bark wraps around the bottle-nest :)

  4. Faux bark idea is amazingly awesome...Such a fab project dear :) As always :)

  5. This is so pretty, Rupa! I love that bark (nest) idea!! So cool - thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxoxo

  6. Neat project! Love that birthday wishes handmade charm. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  7. WOW Amazing Rupa....the wood texture looks stunning and real and love the coconut husk touch!! Someone is very lucky!

  8. Awesome !! Loving the faux bark textures..

  9. Awesome !! Loving the faux bark textures..

  10. Wow! This looks fabulous! Faux bark is amazing & so real & the butterflies are very pretty!

  11. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Brown Sugar Challenge. We look forward to seeing you again.

  12. I love your altered bottle, Rupa - so full of the joys of nature. The bark lends fabulous texture, and I love the brilliant blue sky and all those colourful birds, flowers and butterflies. It sounds as though your holiday really inspired you - how wonderful to be living so close to the trees.
    Alison x

  13. A stunning alteration and a wonderful gift. love how you used the bark and all the details of nature.
    Yvonne xx

  14. Amazing altered bottle with so many wonderful details.
    Julie x

  15. Wow Rupa! This is an amazing and stunning piece of art! I love how you altered this bottle to create an amazing piece of art! Gorgeous! Thank you for playing in our Funday Friday challenge this week!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  16. wow, luv all the details! so glad you played along with simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  17. What a cool and unique project... love it! Thanks for joining Brown Sugar Challenge

  18. Super cute :) Thanks for playing along with us over at Jo's Scrap Shack-Funday Friday Challenges
    Tina (DT)

  19. Wonderful creativeness. TFS and joining us at Jo's for Funday Friday