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"Steampunk Fairyland" Altered Bottle

From the moment I set my preteen eyes upon a Bottle & Jar Cutter on TV, I have been enamored of the infinite crafting possibilities of the simple glass bottle. Altered bottles have come a long way:

Recently I was inspired by an artist online; whipping up altered bottle magic for a celebration of the new Alice in Wonderland movie. It revived my bottle transformation curiosity.

Here is a closeup:

The ingredients for our magic can be as simple or as varied as your individual tastes. Here is what I used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard  
Fairy Dreams Collage Image  
Sari Ribbon  
Metallic Rub-on  
Chalk Paint
Embossing Powder
Textural Mediums
Black Gesso
Muse Dreams Stamp
Stazon Ink
Let us begin...
The image I chose and the bottle covered in a layer of black gesso:

Some gel medium mixed with a small amount of water will adhere the image to the gessoed bottle.

Once it is almost dry you can scrape some textural mediums through stencils to add great texture. Use your imagination. It does NOT have to be perfect, just interesting.
Let dry completely.

For the first layer of chalk paint I used Timeless for an aged paper look. I covered most of the bottle, avoiding the bulk of the image. Then I sponged on a few colors to coordinate with the image.

Here is another color; you can see I stamped Dreams on the image.

The last layer of paint was the Timeless again to tone down the hues.

I am loving the look of the metallic rub-ons over the textures. I started with a dark color first, then a gold. I even took my "pokey-tool" (technical term) to scratch back to the black gesso in some areas.

Next I treated the chipboard to some fun. 

Some pieces were embossed to look enameled and some were painted and had metallic rub-ons on top.

Still more were painted and I added some glitter while it was still wet.

Here it is from the front with the ribbon and chipboard added:

Wait! We are so not's a little peek:

I have oodles of pics from all sides. Front edge:

The next side:


And yet another:

Here is a short video showing every side:

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Ciao for now,
-Trish Alger


  1. your stunning example has me very inspired to try this myself! thank you! xo

    1. Thank you Michele! I want to see what you create.

    2. Michele, since you are the 1st to comment on this blog post I have a gift to send you. Would you please send me your mailing info?
      Thank you,

  2. So many layers of color and elements, WOW. Fantastic job.

  3. "Most studio fun this week" I am not sure why you asked me to post this on the FB post I read... but I am doing it.... THIS IS A FANTASTIC bottle! LOVE it, then I have a big heart when it comes to Steampunk!

    1. Lyneen, I have no idea what FB was doing yesterday. So happy you liked it!

  4. What a gorgeous bottle overflowing with creative majic. Thank you for sharing your creative details. Love, Love, love it. Big Texas Hugs, AntoinetteT

    1. Thank you Antoinette! I love being in Texas!

    2. Thank you Antoinette! I love being in Texas!

  5. Really pretty - I especially love the way your chipboard pieces turned out - just beautiful!

  6. Way, way cool how you covered that bottle. I am always looking for ideas to do that, and your have inspired me with your images and chipboard pieces.

  7. I really love your bottle! The steampunk you have applied is so unique and the butterfly wonderful. This gives me inspiration to try something like this although I'll start with something more simple, decoupaging tissue paper on the bottle. So neat.

  8. I really love your bottle! The steampunk you have applied is so unique and the butterfly wonderful. This gives me inspiration to try something like this although I'll start with something more simple, decoupaging tissue paper on the bottle. So neat.


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