Van Gogh Inspired Powertex Bottle
by Donna Mcghie
For this month’s Powertex step by step article I was asked to use fairy lights to create a lighting feature. So it just had to be a powertex fairy lights bottle!
The thought that immediately sprang into my mind was a painting by one of my favourite artists, Vincent Van Gogh. I love his style of swirling, vibrant colours, and thought this would work really well with Powertex.
The painting I decided to pay homage to was Starry Starry Night. I loved the thought of twinkly fairy lights shining through a swirling Powertex sky.
Where to start
I decided to use a bottle as my base, and to use Powertex Paperdecoration as my main medium. I love how it organically has all the textures and swirls I was hoping to recreate. Paper dec would also conveniently give me lots of gaps for those starry lights to shine through.
There were some challenges with my idea. Such as how to keep the glass showing through the gaps nice and clear. But a bit of thinking outside the box overcame these, and I am really happy with the end result.
I’ve always loved Van Gogh, but fell in love with him even more after reading a book of his letters to his brother Theo. He wrote, like he painted, from his heart and soul.
- Powertex White Paperdecoration
- Blue, Yellow and Transparent Powertex
- Powertex Easy Varnish
- Powertex Pigments
- Bottle and lights
- Bubble Wrap
- Embellishments of your choice (for the sun I used a big fabric coated button)
- Small tree twigs (I used twisted willow because it seemed to fit in perfectly)
Step by Step
Wrap your bottle in bubble wrap to ensure the glass does not get too smeared to allow the lights to shine through.
Now gently wrap the coloured paper decoration around the bubble wrapped bottle and leave to dry.
Once dry, remove the bubble wrap and place the paper decoration back over your bottle, along with whatever embellishment you have chosen for the moon.
I made white swirls using tiny strips of paper decoration soaked in transparent Powertex, and also added my twisted willow securing in place with strips of material.
Finally I enhanced the whole thing with dry brushing, and also added some minute stars, gems and eco friendly glitter.
I’m really pleased with how this powertex fairy lights bottle turned out. The powertex pigments I used to enhance the design were Colortrix Silver, Powerpearl and Terragreen, Powercolor Titanium White and Pearl Pigment Sherbet Dip.
I chose to pay tribute to Van Gogh, but I do think there are so many other artists whose style could be used for these bottle lights. I’d love to see any versions you come up with over on The Powertex Studio Facebook Group. If you are inspired by this, you might also want to check out my last blog which also has a painterly theme.
Thank you so much for reading.