Thursday, June 4, 2015

Monochromatic - Guest Design Spot for Frilly and Funkie...

Hi Everyone!

I was thrilled to be chosen as a guest designer spot for the Frilly and Funkie blog.  The current challenge is " Monochromatic - make a project that uses basically one color and its various hues and tones - a little white or cream can be added but unless that is the main color, it needs to be just an accent".  I couldn't wait to get started!

I decided to alter this bottle, a recent thrift store find:

I added layers of crackling with a combination of Wendy Vecchi Crackle Medium and Rock Candy Distress Crackle over a layer of Mod Podge.  As soon as my green bottle was white, I started making it green again.  This photo shows the crackle and sponged Old Paper Distress Ink.

Next, I added a layer of green micro beads. 

I toned down the contrast by brushing some Bundled Sage Distress paint over the beads.

I added to the green color by brushing on my newest Distress Paint, the gorgeous yellow green Twisted Citron.  I added the color at the top of the bottle, and sprayed it liberally with water so it would run down.  I repeated this process a few times until I was satisfied with the color. 

Time to add embellishments!
I painted a Funkie Junkie Boutique metal filigree square with Distress Paints in Bundled Sage and Twisted Citron, and adhered it to my bottle with hot glue.  On top of this, I glued an alcohol inked Idea-ology Fragments charm embellished with a Remnant Rub.  I used beads from my collection to make the dangling charm. 

The top of the bottle got a Distress Dyed seam tape bow, and lots of leaves, cut with my Silver Bullet cutter, colored with Evergreen Bough Distress Stain, and over painted with Bundled Sage and Twisted Citron Distress Paints, dabbed on with dabber tops. 
As often happens when I take photos of what I think are finished projects, I realized that I wasn't quite done yet.  My bottle needed a top!
I found the pierced metal beads in my collection, and although they were almost the right color to begin with, I dabbed on Bundled Sage and Twisted Citron Distress Paints.  A head pin holds all of the beads together to form a "stopper".  The previously unpainted top ring of the bottle also got a coat of Bundled Sage Distress.

That's better!  Here's is the completed project:

Thanks for stopping by today.  And a huge thanks to the Frilly and Funkie gang for the opportunity to be a guest designer.  It sure made my crafty heart happy!


  1. Wow Elizabeth, this is spectacular! I am loving that new Twisted Citron, gotta get me some of that! Your use of the microbeads is genius, they just add so much texture and interest! I love how you used the corner filigree pieces to make a backdrop for your sentiment trinket! Such a creative and gorgeous makeover! It's so wonderful to have you with us at Frilly and Funkie as our guest designer. hugs :)

  2. This is just absolutely sensational, Elizabeth! What an amazing transformation. Love the color palette you used. Great work with the metal filigrees and I am totally drooling over the awesome texture created with the micro beads! I'm so delighted that you were our guest designer this week. Congratulations on being chosen a Funkie Favorite of the Frilly and Funkie team!



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