Sunday, September 9, 2012

Anything But A Card Challenge: Anything Goes- Decorated Jar: A Cautionary Tale




Hello!  Today is the mid-challenge point of the first Challenge over at Anything But a Card Challenge Blog!  Today we feature the other half of the Design Team and our projects!

Let me say I learned  A LOT during the making of this project.  Bear with me!

I first was going to try decoupaging with tissue paper.  It looked horrible so I scraped and rinsed it all off.  Then I decided I would use alcohol inks since I LOVE playing with them.




Basically I just pulled out blues and greens from my stash.  I tried using the felt applicator and did use it sometimes on the whole thing, but I found just dribbling the drops on it and letting them run worked well too.  I put some paper towels inside to try to see the pattern better.  I randomly used some blending solution here and there and dabbed it on.  I also added some gold mixative too.  I really liked it, then I had the NOT brilliant idea to cover the whole thing with Rock Candy Crackle paint. I thought it would add texture.  I went to bed, and the next morning I awoke to a HORRIFIC sight.

The crackle paint crackled all right- and my work space was covered with blue and green chips where it had come off the jar! I had a nearly NAKED jar! I was so annoyed. I guess I didn't bother to research it, but DO NOT use crackle paint over alcohol ink on glass.  Learn from my mistake.  Don't put yourself thru the horrors of flaking inked bits everywhere and nekkid glass. It's not pretty.   I should have taken a picture, but truth be told, at that point I was ready to hurl the jar off my balcony and watch it smash into smithereens!  But I didn't.  I took the blending solution, some regular rubbing alcohol and Dawn dish soap and cleaned the jar.

I started again.  There is some texture on the jar because not all of the prior experimental coats came off completely. BONUS!  So, I finished it.  I am not thrilled with the ribbon and flower, but I figured enough was enough!  I actually will try the alcohol inks on glass again though!  The jar is now sitting on my plant stand where the light streams thru it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the gorgeous creations by the other DT members - check out the list in my sidebar.

10 comments:

Margaret said...

This is gorgeous!! LOVED the play by play on creating this and so glad you are doing your part to save the world from naked jars!! hee!hee! You have inspired me to take a look through my pantry for some pretty jars to alter. Fabulous project!!!

Christy said...

This just goes to show that even the most disasterous projects can turn out extra fabulous because of the troubles along the way. I LOVE the texture that adds! :) I'm glad I get to be on the ABAC DT with you!!! :) :)

--Christy

Redanne said...

So glad that you persevered because the result is fabulous. I will not forget your tips when I go and look for a jar to colour - thanks for the inspiration! A x

butterfly said...

So great to be allowed in on your journey... troubled though it was - and the end result turns those troubles to triumph... it's a gorgeous altered jar, I can just imagine the light pouring through it to brilliant effect! Thanks for taking the fall for the rest of us to learn from your mistake - great inspiration!
Alison x

June Houck said...

Oh, lots of heartache to create, but your jar is really really pretty, Carla! Best wishes with your new blog :)

HappyCrafter said...

Very cool project! It looks great, though you have way more patience than I do, that is for sure :-)

Anesha said...

Great project, love the colours.

Creative M said...

Fabulous and Fun project!TFS

Leslie Hanna said...

Oh, this would so be a Leslie project if you hadn't beaten me to it. And by that I mean I would have made an equal or bigger mess, complete with crackle craftastrophe. Thanks for saving me from myself!

diane hasthorpe said...

Thank you for your welcome to ABAC challenges. Love your bottle idea... great use for alcohol inks on glass, something I must try. Love the colours you used. Di