How to add texture to mixed media art

How to add texture to mixed media art

This weeks post is our next IBC (International bloggers club) Challenge. Our theme this month is “All bottled up”, the challenge is to create a project using a bottle in some way.  If you follow my Facebook page you will know that doing mixed media art bottles is a hobby of mine.   I felt like I was cheating in this challenge because I felt it was going to be easy for me. More about IBC at the end of this post.

While I do find these bottles easy to make they are very time-consuming. And until you have all the supplies they can work out to be expensive. I have built up my bulk collection over the past two years, so now I don’t feel the cost anymore.

How to add texture to mixed media art

My followers often asked how I create these bottles with so much detail and will I make a Youtube video.  I am too self-conscious to do a video, so I will do the next best thing and explained the tricks that I use to create my mixed media art bottles. As with all my projects, I try and use recycled materials. And wherever possible I try and use recycled items in the creation of my bottles too.  When I create mixed media art bottles I believe that adding many textures is the secret to a great piece.  In this post, I will be sharing with you a few ways I used to add texture to my projects.

How to add texture to mixed media art

How to add texture to mixed media art

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When I create a bottle I always start by adding multiple textures to the surface.  The reason I do this is, to create a good surface for the embellishments to stick to.  I have tried many different types of glues over the years but I have not found one that will stick embellishments securely onto the glass. For the purpose of this tutorial, I will use this bottle as an example and show other bottles where these textures have been used.

1. Resin Embellishments

I have a very large collection of silicone moulds that I have collected over the years. These are really great for making 3D embellishments. This is just a small sample of my collection but you get the idea of what they look like.

How to add texture to mixed media art

In my opinion, using epoxy resin in the moulds works best because it captures every detail in the mould. You will also find the resin is hard-wearing compared to using clay or other materials.

How to add texture to mixed media art

This octopus mould was the most expensive mould I have ever bought and when it arrived it was huge. I thought I had checked the size but obviously, I was wrong. If you make a mistake with the size you can still use the mould by shaping it around the bottle.  I poured the resin into the mould and left it to sit for about 8 hours.  You want it set but still soft enough to shape it around the bottle.  I have used this method before when I created this planter/bowl.

How to add texture to mixed media art

2. Fabrics

Fabrics come in so many textures and each one has its own unique look.  I like to recycle the leather, straps, clips, zippers and other accessories from old handbags for my projects. You can also use items like tapestry mesh, onion bags, burlap and lace, they all look amazing once painted.

How to add texture to mixed media art

3. Embossed paper

Embossed paper is another great method because there are so many embossing folder designs to choose from.  I bought this embossing press second hand but even to buy new you can pick them up for about $100.  To use this press is as simple as putting card stock in the folder and putting the folder between the plates and passing it through the press. You are not limited to card stock with this embossing press.  I used recycled aluminium cans to create this wall hanging that was embossed using this method.

How to add texture to mixed media art

It does look messy at the moment but once painted it will look great.

How to add texture to mixed media art

4. Modelling /Texture paste

Texture paste and stencils work great for creating slightly raised surfaces in mixed media art. You can purchase assorted packs of background stencils.  Alternatively, you can make your own with a Cricut vinyl cutter and mylar film.

How to add texture to mixed media art

To use this method is as simple as placing the stencil over the bottles and applying the texture paste.

How to add texture to mixed media art

5. Ropes and cords

You can use a variety of ropes and cords.  Some are recycled from old necklaces, some are shoelaces any cheap rope will work.  I use the rope around the necks of most of my bottles because I like to add large resin embellishments to the neck.  This will create a better surface for the hot glue to adhere to.

How to add texture to mixed media art

I use black hot glue to attach the rope around the neck of the bottle. From past experience, I find black hot glue does not stand out as much as the clear.

How to add texture to mixed media art

6. Chains and braids

Because I have been doing mixed media art for a couple of years now I have accumulated a large section of these.  I use an assortment of plastic beaded chains, braided fabric trims and chains which I buy by the metre from Aliexpress.  They have a huge section at very reasonable prices.

How to add texture to mixed media art

7. Belts and handbags straps

Belts and handbags straps add great texture and detail to the bottles.  I went to my local charity shop and asked them if they would keep the old belts and handbags that are not good enough for resale.  I buy these from them for next to nothing because they were going to be throwing them away.

How to add texture to mixed media art

These were the parts of the old handbags I used in this project.

How to add texture to mixed media art

8. Glitter gravel and sand

The theme for this bottle was a monster kracken that had to be chained up after it had eaten a human and left the remains.  Creepy I know, I have no idea where I get these ideas from. I glued parts of a skeleton to the bottle and wanted it to look partly buried in the sand.

How to add texture to mixed media art

I added a generous amount of the ultimate glue and pushed the glitter gravel into the glue and left it to set.

How to add texture to mixed media art

Sand is a great way to make an item look old and rusty.  I used this method when I created a steampunk Christmas tree 2 years ago. I used some sand from my niece’s sandpit and pushed it into the glue to get this textured effect below.

How to add texture to mixed media art

9. Charms

For most of my projects, I like to add an assortment of smaller charms to add more detail to my bottles.  I use these to fill in any gaps I think to look too bare.  These charms can be bought from Amazon and Aliexpress in bulk.

How to add texture to mixed media art

You can also use items like jigsaw puzzle pieces and buttons, any item with an interesting shape will work.

How to add texture to mixed media art

10. Broken jewellery and beads

Broken jewellery is another item I get from my local charity/thrift store.  They are happy to keep all watches, bracelets and broken jewellery and sell it to me at a very cheap price.

How to add texture to mixed media art

11. Kids small toys

These small toys are my favourite item to add to a decorated bottle.  I particularly love adding small cars, lego, and plastic insects.  They make the bottle look so interesting and unique. The cars and insects I buy for Kmart for a few dollars per pack which is a bargain.

How to add texture to mixed media art

Here is an example to give you an idea of how cool they look.

How to add texture to mixed media art

12. Bits and bobs

I also do lots of DIY so I like to use items I find in my workshop like nuts, bolts, screws, thumbtacks to name a few.  If I have a broken telephone or appliance in my home, I always take them apart and salvage any interesting parts like circuit boards and buttons. These are really great for steampunk art.

How to add texture to mixed media art

The best advice I can give when doing this type of mixed media art is to try and see past the mess. This is how my bottle looked before painting. I did go back and add some squares of paper and half pearls to the head because it looked a little plain.

How to add texture to mixed media art

At this stage of the process, it does look like something the cat threw up.

How to add texture to mixed media art

Painting the bottle

Now you can paint everything black using gesso or acrylic paint. Next, I used some metallic rust paint and dabbed it over the surface using a sponge.

How to add texture to mixed media art

Finally, I added some highlights using orange, raw sienna and peacock blue around some of the embellishments.

How to add texture to mixed media art



How to add texture to mixed media art

Here are  some examples of my mixed media art bottles

How to add texture to mixed media art

How to add texture to mixed media art

How to add texture to mixed media art

More about IBC

If you follow my blog you will know I am part of IBC (International Bloggers Club) which is a group of talented bloggers from around the world. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Each month we come together and create a project with a common theme.

If you missed last month’s “Bodacious books ” theme here is the link to my Steampunk book Lamp.   The “All bottled up ” contributions from my fellow bloggers for this months challenge are listed below, please feel free to jump over and give them some love.

  1. A Crafty Mix|Glass bottle lights gold accents
  2. Birdz of a feather |Diy Air Plant holder
  3. Interior Frugalista|Recycled soda bottle Easter bunnies 
  4. Me
  5. Kippi At Home| Wine bottle bird feeder
  6. Song Bird Blog|Diy tiki torch

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    February 21, 2022 at 11:56 pm

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    Sara
    February 22, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Absolutely amazing Anita; thank you for sharing your process! Brilliant idea to work with your local thrift store to buy up things that would be thrown away! The octopus is incredible on the bottle – not too big at all! You mentioned that you haven’t found a glue that will stick embellishments securely onto the glass so I’m wondering how did you glue the octopus onto the glass? Is that why you left the label on?

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      Anita Holland
      February 22, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much Sara. I pulled the label off after I had moulded the octopus to the bottle. If you zoom in and look closely you will see I added a mesh under the octopus. The octopus was then glued on top of the mesh which holds it in place. Some items will stick but with handling they do eventually fall off.

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    Michelle Leslie
    February 22, 2022 at 1:06 am

    You’re definitely not cheating by sharing another mixed media project, Anita. I’ve tried to do it but it never looks quite right, so for you to share your tips and tricks is the best. I feel far more confident now. Love how this one turned out. That octopus is AhMazing!!!!!!

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      Anita Holland
      February 22, 2022 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle, I was so excited to find the octopus and it turned out great in the end. Now I have finished painting my house hopefully I can get back outside in my shed for different projects.

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    Kippi
    February 22, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Your designs for upcycling bottles are so unique. Your eye for combining elements, textures, and finishes is genius!
    Happy Spring,
    Kippi

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      Anita Holland
      February 22, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Kippi, I seem to get more creative the more I do.

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    Marie B.
    February 22, 2022 at 2:20 am

    It was great fun learning your process for your amazing steampunk creations. Love that your local charity shop collects things for you that they can’t sell. You’ve amassed quite a collection of bits and bobs but truthfully, it is your impeccable eye and natural talent that brings these amazing creations to life. Love the octopus taking center stage!

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      Anita Holland
      February 22, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Marie, It does help that the manager of my local shop is a friend. But they would just throw them out anyway, why not make some money. Thanks for the awesome compliment.

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    Maria
    February 22, 2022 at 11:41 am

    your talents are always amazing. Such a fun piece

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      Anita Holland
      February 22, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Marie, this one was lots of fun to make.

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    Sherrye Grotte
    February 22, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for a peak into the process of the making of! Very fascinating and interesting. What a talent you have!

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      Anita Holland
      February 23, 2022 at 8:45 am

      Thank you so much Sherrye and you are very welcome.

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    Rosemary Palmer
    February 25, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Again, amazed at the creativity you come up with. I love using liquor bottles for things.

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