This project started as a 6" x 5" shiny metal tin, which I sanded down and painted with acrylic paint in shades of teal and brown. I set is aside to dry and went to work on its contents. I'd never done much bottle-distressing before, so it was a fun new thing to try. I started by painting Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue on the bottles, then when that dried, I painted them with a thick layer of Tim Holtz's Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. I was grateful for online research which told me that you have to put a clear layer of something else on the glass first in order for the crackle paint to stick. Here's a pic of how the bottle started, then how it looked with the dried crackle paint on it:
Once the crackle finish was dry, I wanted to experiment with different coloring techniques. Here I used paint on top of the crackle for a more milky / opaque look:
On this bottle, I used alcohol inks, which gave the bottle vibrant and bold colors:
On the bottle below, I used Distress Stain. I like how it kept the bottle more clear, but still colored it beautifully.
In the end, I decided the opaque look worked best for this project, so I added paint to all of the bottles. In addition to acrylic paint, I added some Prima Metallique paints which have a metal sheen.
I added some Tim Holtz mini numerals to the bottles, which I first sanded and painted to match the bottles they went with. I also distressed the paintbrushes.
I wanted this to have an underwater vibe, so I hung yarn and ribbon from the back of my painted box to replicate seaweed, then glued iridescent beads here and there to give it a feeling of bubbles. I also clipped on an "ocean" card from Tim Holtz's Elementary Flashcards set.
For the other side of the tin, the lid, I wove a basket out of wire, painted it with shades of brown and teal to match the rest, then I added more distressed paintbrushes. I buy cheapy paintbrushes that I can cut down and use for projects without feeling guilty for destroying them.
I punched out some mini tags made from Simon Says Stamp Vintage Dictionary paper and adhered them to the brushes.
Not sure how many mermaids are out there doing art, but I hope I've done justice to what one of their art kits might look like!
Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:
I know you must have some sort of brilliant vision to go along with this theme and I can't wait to see what you come up with! Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your turn to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!