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Peeling Scabs Apothecary Jar

Hello everyone, Barbara here for Altered Pages, who is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors.  Our Design Team is participating in this month-long hop, so if you would like to hop along, the blog roll is on the side bar!  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

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Welcome to Day 27 of the 31 Days of Halloween

As you know our Design Team is partnering with Art Anthology!!! Be sure to check back each day and see what our team creates with products!  Also, this week we will be sharing projects from the Art Anthology Design Team..

For a chance to win a prize package from Art Anthology and be sure to post a comment on this blog each day!

My project is an apothecary jar that holds some pretty creepy ingredients!

I began this project with an empty plastic bottle.  It had square sides, which is going to make it easy to adhere collage images, and stands approximately 6-1/2" high, including the cap.  I decided to first cover the bottle with paper before applying the different mediums.
Trim Mechanical Marvels paper to 5-1/2" x 12".  Apply adhesive to reverse side with a Xyron or other dry adhesive.  (Tip:  Even though I did not use them for this project, I had room to run a border piece through my Xyron, so instead of wasting adhesive, I punched a couple of spider web borders from Graveyard Black card stock and applied adhesive to those strips, too!)
Adhere print paper to bottle.
Brush on a light coat of the white gesso, leaving some of the paper visible.  Allow gesso to dry.
Lay the Art Anthology Kaleidoscope stencil over one side and mist lightly with the Art Anthology Waimea Bay Colorations Spray.
Dab excess spray with a paper towel, then continue around the bottle, stenciling all four sides.
Pounce Art Aanthology Kenyan Copper Sorbet paint through the stencil on all four sides.  Use a light touch and a fairly dry brush so you don't get a lot of bleed through.
Here is a closeup of one of the sides showing the color variations, and I hope you can see the beautiful glittery shimmer from the Copper.  It is so pretty!
I spritzed lightly with black Dylusions spray and dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.  It toned everything down a bit.
Layer a thick coat of  Art Anthology Limeaid and Red Velvet Cake Sorbet acrylic paints with your finger or a silly stick, pouncing up and down to get that great dimension.  The paint is still wet in this photo, and as you will see in the remaining photos, it changes quite a bit.
I applied white gesso to the jar lid, and when dry, again dabbed on a coat of the Art Anthology  Limeaid dimensional paint.  It mixed a bit with the white gesso for a lighter look.  When that dried, dabbed Orange Zest StazOn randomly, then I hit the high spots with Black StazOn to get this awesome, ooooey gooey look.
I cut out the witch image and adhered it to a piece of fun foam, then adhered that to the bottle. I used the Faber-Castell black Big Brush Pen to edge my collage image.

To make the tag, I first printed out the Gross Halloween Food Labels onto a piece of orange print paper.  Then I added a very light coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer to an acrylic tag and adhered it directly over the label I wanted to use.
When dry, I cut it out and punched the hole out with an awl or paper piercer.  I hung it from the jar with a piece of gray jute wrapped around the neck of the jar.
I made Halloween flowers from black netting that was holding produce by rolling it up lengthwise, tying black jute around it every couple of inches, and trimming off just below the jute.  When I spread the top open, I got these wonderful, spiky flowers perfect for Halloween.
A couple of close-up photos to show off some of the details.  Here is that luscious texture I got from those luscious AA dimension acrylics.  I applied Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink pad directly to the high spots to bring out that fabulous texture.
A closer look at those eerie black flowers I made from the netting.  


Altered Pages:  Graveyard Black card stock; Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper; Gross Halloween Food Labels; Antique Halloween collage sheetwhite gesso; 3D Crystal Lacquer; Silly Sticks; Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (black);
Art Anthology Dimensional Paints:  Red Velvet Cake; Limeade; Kenyan Copper; Kaleidoscope stencil
IMAGINATION Crafts/Tsukineko:  Black, Orange Zest StazOn midi ink pads; Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink pad
Other:  Orange print paper; clear acrylic tag; plastic skeleton; Spanish moss; black netting

Check out the Halloween special on the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells papers, while supplies last.

So glad you stopped by today.  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win the grand prize on the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop, and also leave a comment right here on the Altered Pages blog for a chance to win that fab prize package from 
Art Anthology and Altered Pages.  

Have a wonderful week!!!
Barbara Rankin

Be sure to stop on over on the Art Anthology Blog and see what their design team has been up to!!! 

Today we are sharing a colorful Mardi Gras layout by Roxanne Dondanville!

See more details on the Art Anthology Blog Here

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  1. EEEEk! Creepy cool- but also gross! heehee

  2. Barbara, you rocked out this apothecary jar! Just awesome!!

  3. That is an awesome project!!! wow, so cool.

  4. I love the bottle! It's so cool.

  5. This bottle is so cool - I can't believe all the steps you did to come up with that awesome surface design. Just stunning. I would love to have this - if it didn't have the word 'scabs' on it LOL LOL LOL - blech. LOL LOL LOL Barbara, you are one amazing craftswoman and artist - incredible eye and great attention to detail - and a heckuva lot of skill!

    The layout is very cool too - looks ever-so-Mardi-Gras!

  6. As always another wonderful altered project Barbara! Love the mardi gras layout!

  7. Oops..there goes the stomach again! Pure proof this is a 31 DOH winner!

  8. FAbulous project! Thanks for the step by step of your amazing layering and paint details. Getting a bit queasy about the peeling scabs. EEEWWW!!! Love the fab layout, too. xxD

  9. wow! thanks for the tutorial. when I first saw it I didn't think I could make something like thus but now I feel inspired to try. thus is fantastic. xo

  10. The Mardi Gras layout is bright and fun!
    Great job on the bottle. I'll look differently at spikey plants from now on.
    Nice job of making all your adhesives at once. Never waste!

  11. WOW. Love this altered Jar and all the details you added to it.

  12. Love the altered jar! It is so wickedly awesome. Such great use of everything, great textures just wonderful!~kim

  13. SPOOKTACULAR apothecary jar! All the details are a wicked delight!

  14. Eeeewww...peeling scabs - LOL!! Love the jar - Such fun!

  15. Peeling Scabs---eeeewwww, yuck! Love your project, Barbara! It is beautiful and beautifully crafted, as always.

  16. so love all of the deets. you have included, very helpful for me. love the entire project from start to finish.

  17. Fantastic creation - thanks for all the details! Just perfect!

  18. How bone chilling! Definitely an ingredient for a witches brew. Thank you for such a great tutorial!

  19. Great Apothecary bottle, Love the stencil used.

  20. Amazing! This is totally cool, thanks for sharing all the pics.

  21. incredible work! Love all the wonderful colors used to get all the creepy results!!! and I mean that in a good way!


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