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Altered Altoid Tin Using Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays

Today I am playing with Surface Sprays from Brutus Monroe, testing out their ability to alter metal. I love altering metal tins, and glass jars and all sorts of interesting mediums.Snapshot_127

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First, I removed the lid of the tin using a butter knife. Snapshot_116Then, I lightly sanded the lid. I used Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces to adhere various plastic and metal pieces to the lid. This gel is PERFECT for mixed media projects because it holds heavy objects onto all types of surfaces and dries totally clear.

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After the gel dried, I placed the lid in an old scrap plastic tray (to keep my area clean!) and sprayed the Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays. For this project, I used the colors “Oz”, “Phone Book”, and “Wagon”.


After drying, I tapped just the stem of the “Phone Book” (yellow) spray bottle here and there on the lid and sprayed it with water to encourage the yellow to move. Snapshot_123Snapshot_124

When that was fully dry, added paint spatter with white matte acrylic paint. Then, I used more Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces to adhere my “final touch” metal embellishments to the surface, and returned the lid of the tin to the base. The results were amazing!

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Mixed Media – Altered Wine Bottle

I love aged, vintage looks in home décor and artwork. There are lots of ways to create this look, but Prima Marketing (Finnabair) has a series of wonderful vintage pastes that make it easy! These mediums can transform an ordinary empty wine bottle into a work of art. Here’s how I used them:

First, I used a heavy matte gel to adhere dryer sheets to the bottle (these are the dryer sheets straight out of the DRYER, not new from the box).A.Wine.Bottle.dryer.sheet

After the gel dried, I applied a thick coat of black gesso.B.Wine.Bottle.black.gesso

Then I applied the rust paste, which is a series of 3 colors. I used separate brushes for the brown and orange pastes, but applied them at the same time so they looked rather “patch-y”. Once the 2 colors covered the whole bottle, I blended them a bit, to reduce the patchiness. I let this stage dry completely before applying the yellow color. Then, I applied the yellow, making sure to highlight the raised areas. I let this stage dry completely. Then, I went BACK over the dry paste with more brown and orange paste, LIGHTLY this time, until the yellow was toned down and looked more natural.C.Wine.Bottle.DIY.rust.paste

After the rust paste was dry, I moved onto embellishments. I had some random items nearby from when I was trying out the patina paste (link below), and thought they looked kind of interesting. It didn’t seem logical from a scientific standpoint that something could be both rusty AND have the blue and greenish tint of patina, but that’s part of what made this combination so interesting to me. Plus, I liked the contrast. So, I used a heavy matte gel medium to adhere flowers, bottle caps, a pop tab, and an office clip to the bottle. It needed something, though, so I stuffed a wadded up piece of hemp twine to the side, under the flower petals. Then, I waited until that was fully dry before I decided on the flower centers. NOTE: after making several “rust paste wine bottles”, I realized that the wet paste actually serves as an incredible adhesive. So, I recommend either using more rust paste to adhere your embellishments, or else adhering them while the paste is still wet in the first place.D.Wine.Bottle.patina.embellishments.logo

I found my Stampin’ Up “Hodgepodge Hardware” tin and applied swirly metal embellishments to the center of each flower with heavy matte gel medium. Even though it dried clear, the gel medium looked a little sloppy. So I added some embossing medium with a paintbrush and an overdose of Stampin’ Up gold embossing powder. Awesome!1.Altered.wine.bottle.with.logo

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Product List:

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effect Pastes;

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Patina Effect Pastes;

Stampin’ Up Gold Embossing Powder;

Stampin’ Up Hemp Twine;

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Basics 3D Matte Gel – transparent;

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso – black;

Silk flowers and office embellishments from my stash.

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Mixed Media Altered Art – Aluminum Beer Bottle

Aluminum beer bottles are lightweight and PERFECT for altered art projects! They make great home decor and they can also serve as custom-made “vases” for table centerpieces at events or parties. And because they are so thin, they also pack and travel well, too.

For the project listed and pictured below, I used the 16 oz. Budweiser aluminum bottles, but you can use any bottle you like.

Here’s how to create this stunning mixed media art:

Product List:
heavy gesso (Liquitex);
stencil (Buttercream/Joann’s);
modeling paste (Liquitex);
heavy matte gel (3D matte gel-Finnabair/Prima);
random metal pieces from my stash and/or my garage;
metallic paint (Butterfly Spells–Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks acrylic paint/Prima; Violet Gold–Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic acrylic paint/Prima);
pigment powder (Magicals/Lindy’s Stamp Gang);
baby wipes/paper towels.

1. Clean the bottle well. Fill with warm soapy water and let sit overnight. Rinse well and let dry completely.

2. Coat with heavy white gesso. Let dry.


3. Stencil select areas of the bottle using a palette knife and texture paste or modeling paste. Let dry. You can tape the stencil to the bottle, but I find it easier to just hold it firmly around the bottle as I stencil.


4. Use 3D Matte Gel to adhere an arrangement of metal pieces, objects, flowers, buttons and/or screws to one area of the bottle. Let dry.



5. Coat the arrangement with heavy white gesso. Let dry.


6. Using a small, dry paintbrush, apply Magical pigment powder to inside “nooks and crannies” of the arrangement. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy as you spritz the arrangement with water and tilt the bottle around. The Magicals will spread intense color and start to run. Use the paper towel or baby wipe to control the color. Dry with a heat tool.


7. Use a small paintbrush to apply Sparks metallic paint to the assemblage as desired. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy as you spritz with water. The paint and the Magicals will run. Control the color with a baby wipe or paper towel as desired. Dry with a heat tool.


8. Use a small paintbrush to apply Opal Magic paint (Violet Gold) to select areas of the assemblage as desired. Dry with a heat tool.


9. Touch up the color with more white gesso. Let dry completely. You can choose to seal the project with clear spray fixative, if desired.


10. Finish your art with some flowers or other lovely accents!


Share this “up-cycling” technique with your crafty friends! Leave a comment below, and when you try this technique, post a photo with your comment! Enjoy!