DIY Valentine’s Day Gift

Some of my friends often say that they also want to try their hands with painting, but using brush sounds difficult. So, I thought why not paint something that others (for those who find painting with brush quite difficult) can also easily follow.

DIY Bottle ArtI revamped these bottles (above image) for gifting purpose, and do you know I did this whole work without using single stroke of brush! To be honest, no expertise is needed this simple technique and even children can happily do this.

You can also have a look how I created dotted bottles or if in mood for some intricate work see Ganapati on bottle.

We all need affirmations (positive words and messages), so I thought based on this theme why not create a DIY Valentine’s Day gift for my husband.

I have clicked pictures of each step. This should help you create your similar personalized gift too.

Things Required

  • Glass bottles
  • Acrylic colors (lemon yellow, brown, and white) – You can use color of your choice.
  • Color palette
  • Sponge (substitute of brush)
  • Brush (just for mixing colors and varnishing)
  • Permanent marker pens
  • Clear varnish

Procedure

  • We all have these empty sauce bottles in our kitchen. I have used these to turn them into home decorative. Soak the bottles in warm soapy water and leave overnight. Then clean and dry them before use.

Old bottles

  • Take the acrylic color of your choice. I have taken lemon yellow color and mixed it with white and just a hint of brown to get this shade. Properly mix them with brush.
  • Now take color on sponge and start dabbing on bottle. Start from the top (nozzle part) and gradually proceed down and cover the whole bottle with paint. Follow the same process with both the bottles. Bottom image (collage below) is shown after completion of single coating.

Paint dabbing on bottle

  • Let it dry for minimum two hours. Apply the second coat of color following the same process. After second coat you will get uniform paint all over the bottle. I was in hurry to proceed further and simply forgot to click picture after completion of second coat of paint.
  • After drying, with the help of marker pen write words/messages of your choice. I chose “Be Positive” for the center, and then scattered words like – smile, sparkle, shine, hugs, passion, love etc.
  • As occasion was Valentines Day, so filled empty places with hearts, smiles and stars.
Finished Bottles
Finished Bottles

This is just to give you an idea and a spark to your creative mind. Choose the words or feelings you want to express. It after all has to be a personalized gift. We often can express better in writing than speaking. 🙂

You may not want your hard work to fade away or wear out. So, apply a layer of clear varnish with the help of brush. Varnish seals the paint and keep it intact for years. Let it dry overnight.

So, your gift is ready. Isn’t it simple and easy? Trust me you will have wonderful time creating it.

Don’t forget to gift wrap it before surprising your loved one with this cute DIY gift.

If you have any doubt while doing this art work do ask me. I will be most happy to help you. If you happen to try this, do share it with me. I’d love to see how it turned out.

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Dotted Bottles

Every time I’m about to write a post, the most challenging part is thinking about a suitable title for the page. Even this time I was thinking what should be the name of this post. I came up with different combinations like burst of colors, splash of colors, kaleidoscopic bottle, etc.. Finally “Dotted Bottles” sounded more relevant to this bottle.

I have painted many bottles but these were the most simplest of all I have painted so far. Usually this is not my style of painting on bottles. I like doing more intricate and detailed patterns. Have a look at my first bottle art – Ganapati painting on bottle.

I had never imagined to paint in this style which means applying base coat on glass bottles first. However, it was my neighbor’s bed-sheet that inspired me to do so!

My neighbor had spread her bed-sheet in her balcony for drying. It was a white bed-sheet with multi-colored stars on it. The moment I saw the bed-sheet a thought clicked that why not replicate this color combination on a bottle.

It took me 4 days to complete the whole bottle. This is how I started with it.

Dotted-bottles

I applied the base coat of pearl white acrylic color. I opted for pearl white instead of plain white as I wanted little shimmering shine on bottle under light. I have used acrylic colors and round tip brush to paint these dots.

I left the white base coat color to dry for an hour. Post drying, made dots of varying sizes in random order.

Dotted bottles in process
Dotted bottles in process

This was the most fun part, making dots just like a kid. I remember in my childhood, I use to often make circles on the last page of the notebooks.

I also noticed since all the colors were happy and bright, my mood in last three days was cheerful too. May be this was the effect of  color therapy. 🙂

When I get into mood for painting then it’s just the colors that play in my mind. Then after few days my attention again gets shifted to some creative cooking. These bottles have set my mood for some art work. So I’m sure my next posts will be related to art works. 🙂

I really enjoyed painting these little dots. It’s colorful and vibrant and has brightened-up the corner where-ever it’s placed.

Dotted bottles ready for display

While covering the bottle with bright dots I decided to leave some part white. It created a contrasting effect and made the dots standout. What do you think I should cover the whole bottle with dots or this looks fine?

My First Bottle Art – Ganapati Painting

Is this old bottle of any use? What can be done about these used containers? Don’t these questions creep in our mind when it’s time to dispose-off un-used bottles etc? However, even though we may not figure out the exact use that particular bottle, we still keep it for future use.

Now, let’s fast forward six months or one year down the line. While browsing through our scrap room, we again come across that unused junk and the same set of questions revisit our mind. And this time again our futuristic instincts just don’t let go that junk item from our life.

Simply speaking, it has become our habit to not throw away bottles and empty containers. We just keep cleaning and storing them, thinking they may be of some use in future.

However, the truth is we just store and forget about what’s in our bundle of scrap. It’s only during our mega house-cleaning and space improvement drive, we think that scrap is really a waste and cannot be the part of our beautiful home.

Just like an under-performing worker is fired by his boss, we throw that junk to where it belongs to – garbage. OK, now don’t get emotional! Unlike, that harsh boss, we ladies can always give new lease of life to some of our dear trash objects.

So, in this post I’ll tell you how I revamped a trash bottle and made it our living-room decorative. But, before moving ahead, I would like to share with you how I got this bottle.

Accidental Meeting

Couple of months back, I had been to dinner at a nearby restaurant with my hubby. Our sitting arrangement was such that (just by chance) I was facing the bar. So, while having the dinner, my eyes got stuck on a small, cute blue bottle.

I completely fell in love with its design. I wanted to ask the attendant if I could have that empty bottle, but my social-upbringing was stopping me to ask – after all how can a lady sitting with her husband in a restaurant inquire the waiter about liquor etc. Also, I was apprehensive of my husband’s reaction.

While these thoughts were playing in my mind, our dinner was over and it was time to delete the idea of painting that cute blue bottle. Also, by that time waiter had put that bottle in the trash bag kept behind the reception counter. But, my desire to paint that bottle somehow gave me courage to ask my hubby if I can have that bottle as I wanted to paint it.

And do you know, to my surprise my loving husband readily agreed to what I said and went straight to the manager and requested him to get that bottle. And thankfully, manager was gracious enough to oblige his request. As an artist, I was really happy to get a new canvas to paint on.

Original Bottle
Original Bottle

Trash to Beauty

That night, while going for sleep I had started imagining how I would paint this bottle. I was trying to figure out what could be the best theme. Just to tell you, I have been practicing this visualization technique since my early jewelry designing days. However, I will discuss more about it in another post, because my pretty blue bottle is the protagonist of this post, so I’ll keep the spotlight on it 🙂

So, thanks to that visual imagination, when I woke-up in morning, idea of Ganapati flashed to me. And coincidentally, Ganeshotsav was also around the corner. So, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to dedicate my first bottle art to Lord Ganesh and that too during Ganesh festival.

Therefore first and foremost, I rigorously cleaned the bottle with warm soap-water inside out. Then after drying, I applied light yellow color on an area where I wanted to paint Ganapati. Idea was to portray Ganapati in orange color with yellow background. Also, I didn’t want to completely hide the bottle’s bright blue color, so applied yellow color on a small part only.

Thought was to keep the front part as simple as possible in order to keep focus on Lord Ganesh. However, I wanted to add some detailed work as well, so decided to include detailed pattern work on the rear of bottle. But, while filling the bottle with pattern-work, I thought why not include a brown colored temple-like frame around Ganapati as well.

This would cater two purposes. Firstly, it would further highlight Ganapati and blend with the theme, and secondly it would seamlessly link the center yellow area and detailed pattern work. So, after few erasing, I re-started the work on backside to merge the patterning-work with temple border.

Patterning was really time-consuming and required lot of focus, because it was about matching each and every stroke with the earlier one. One mistake could completely distort the overall look. Now, Ganeshotsav was also knocking the door, so I was getting really desperate to finish this bottle in time.

OK, now do you know how much time it took me to complete just the backside along with temple border? It took around 4 weeks. Yes, you heard it right. To paint this small area it took me 1 month approximately.

Being mother of a small child, it sometimes become really hard to take out few moments for yourself to pursue your hobbies and interests. There use to be stretch of days, when I not even could get time to see this bottle which I was working on – leave aside working on it.

Finally, after the long wait (it was really long for me) the moment arrived – it was the time to paint Ganapati. However, by His grace I was able to paint Ganesh without slightest of rework. Whatever picture and color was in my mind, I was able to completely replicate it on the bottle.

Surprisingly, contrary to my earlier apprehension, depicting Lord Ganesh was the easiest part. May be it was Ganesh’s blessings that worked in my favor. By His grace, bottle was fully ready (along with varnishing) by the first day of GaneshotsavGanesh Chaturthi.

Final Bottle with Ganapati
Final Bottle with Ganapati

Whosoever saw this bottle, was full of praise and it was really heartening to hear those compliments. Their appreciation inspired me to such an extent that I decided to add bottles as well in the list of canvas on which I can express my thoughts. This blue bottle suddenly came out of blue in my life and gave a new turn to my creative journey.

Now, I always keep an eye on glass bottles – wherever available – which I think can be apt to paint my imagination on. Few days back, may husband jokingly said, “Since you have started painting bottles you seem to have learned quite a bit about liquor bottles”. He is teetotaler, so even he doesn’t know much about liquors etc 🙂

In the end – yes, you have finally reached the end of the post, and thanks for coming till here – I’ll suggest you as well to create beautiful decorative out of waste materials lying at your home and save on buying expensive showpieces from stores. These smart creations can add wonderful personal touch to your home and can become really cool conversation starters with friends.