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Monday, 8 June 2015

Ships Bottle

Morning to you all, start of another week. I am glad to report my back is much better though I am still off work for another week, and as I can now manage to craft I intend to play, play, play lol!

May I welcome Maria Alder, lovely to have you visit me, I do hope you come again.

The last few days I have been making a oldie type candle jar, not sure it's to every ones taste but I enjoyed creating it. Now I have to apologize for the amount of images for this...

I started with a plain glass jar and cleaned it up. I then painted it with a coat of White Gesso, just leaving the screw top clear.  I mixed up some Acrylic paints with a bit of Brown AquaTints to make a sort of sandy, sepia colour and painted over the jar.  I then rubbed the edges with a sanding block to give a distress look before rubbing over the jar with Vintage Photo.

Sheena Douglass has three fabulous stamps of Ships, Destination, Phantom Ship and Be Strong, these are what I wanted to have around the sides of the jar, unfortunately they would not stamp straight onto the jar, they looked a bit of a mess so I cleaned them off and decided to stamp straight onto printable tissue paper, the sort you have to decorate candles with. I stamped each ship on a separate piece of tissue paper using Vintage Photo, I tore round each image to make it look more old and put them to one side.

Being as there are four sides to this jar I decided to look for an image of an old map, I thought this would go with the ship images, so I printed one off the internet onto tissue paper, tore round the edge and adhered it to the jar with PVA mixed with water, letting it go round the edges of the jar.

Now going back to my Ship images, one by one I adhered them to the jar the same way as the map. So far so good lol! I was quite pleased with how each side looked but it was still to bare for me so I sorted some shells out, all different sizes and colours and glued these around the bottom of the jar to fit in with the images, coming up just a little on the corners. 

In my stash I found some little charms, two of shells and one anchor, perfect. I threaded these onto some Yellow Bakers Twine and put aside. Using some garden twine I wrapped this around the top of the jar then tied in some knots. I wrapped the Yellow twine and charms over the top of the garden twine, tying it in place but leaving the charms hanging down slightly.

To add some atmosphere to the jar I placed a small candle inside, these images were taken with the candle alight shining through the images on the jar, I am sure they would show up more when it is lit in the dark...

          Here it is in the dark using a flash         Without a flash!

I was quite pleased with the result although I know I could possibly have made a better job with more thought.

Items Used:

Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy-Be Strong & destination
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Magical-Phantom Ship
Sheena Douglass Spectrum Noir AquaTints Bright & Beautiful-Brown
Glass Jar
Ranger Dina Wakley White Gesso
Reeves Acrylic Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Printable Tissue Paper (sorry cannot remember who did these)
Shells- Newquay Beach Cornwall
Garden Twine
Creative Expressions Bakers Twine Primary Colours-Yellow
Assorted Charms-own stash

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx


  1. Brilliant project Jacquie, love it.
    You say you could have done a better job ... I think that one is great.
    You now have a "bench mark" for making more........!!!
    Hope the back keeps improving
    Patricia x

  2. Wow this is amazing, looks stunning, xxxx

  3. Brilliantly created, fab colours and gorgeous added beauties it sure looks amazing..xx.xx
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  4. Wow love these,what a fab

  5. Brilliant Jacqui, love the transformation, the colour and imagery is perfect. Tracy x

  6. What a fabulous jar that you have transformed so beautifully. I love the stamping and the charms and all the shells around the base add to the nautical theme. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  7. This is wonderful Jacquie, I love the design and wonderful detailing.
    I am pleased that your back is starting to feel better.
    hugs Sue xx

  8. Amazing what you can do with a glass jar,some paint,tissue paper and some shells ( memories). Real nice candle holder!
    hugs Maria x

  9. Glad to hear you are feeling better Jacquie. What a wonderful tutorial and wow love how your glass jar turned out.

    Hugs diane

  10. Glad to hear you are feeling better Jacquie. What a wonderful tutorial and wow love how your glass jar turned out.

    Hugs diane

  11. Hi Jacquie, These are fab. Really different and interesting, also very atmospheric.
    Maureen xx

  12. What a transformation. This is fantastic Jacquie. So glad your back is getting better. Hugs Jennifer xx

  13. This is brilliant Jacquie, such a great idea.
    I'm so pleased to hear that you back is improving, make sure you don't overdo things though.

  14. This is the most unique jar I have seen - so FUN. Your ship motif is INCREDIBLE Jacquie. GREAT creation. j.

  15. WOWSERS Jacquie!! WOWSERS!! Wait, I said that already, well it's worth saying twice!! This is amazing! You are costing me a fortune girl because I just added a whole whack of Sheena Douglas stamps to my wish list!! Your choice of stamps is so perfect to go with the theme and the shells are just brilliant! Love the image of the night time when it's lit up, so cool!! You have really transformed a plain old jar into a mixed media work of art...what a talent you are!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Make It Masculine' challenge, you really nailed it! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  16. Lovely project Jacquie. I have these stamps of Sheena's, but haven't done anything with them yet.....

  17. Fabulous project and I love the design of it. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  18. Beautiful project and thanks for sharing the step by step. Glad to hear your pain is a little better. Hope you get your appointment through soon x

  19. Hi Jacquie
    Blimey o'riley, how fab is this! Just emptied a coffee jar so will be looking at it with a new eye lol! Great project Jacquie and glad you're feeling better.
    Ang x

  20. First off-happy to hear that your back is much better and that you have crafting time! Awesome sauce! Next-this altered jar is fantabulous and so well put together! I love the earthy old world feel of this piece and your comors lend to the creativity. Amazeballs!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki

  21. Your ships bottle is amazing! Popped over from the Inkettes Fb group :)

  22. Beautifully made and I loved seeing the step by step photos too.

    Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion

    Helen x

  23. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for the Craft Your Passion Challenges, hope to see you again soon, hugs, Helena

  24. Hi sweetie this is so pretty, great colours too, thank you for joining us at The Paper Shelter this time hugs Pops x

  25. Gorgeous transformation! Love the choice of stamps and the vintage feel to it! Thank you so very much for joining our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT


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