Thursday, 11 May 2017

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Rupa !

Today we are welcoming Rupa as our Guest Designer, who was chosen by the DT as the winner of the Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep challenge.

I am Rupa (45yrs) from Bangalore, India, married and blessed with 2 kids (a son and a daughter).

My interest in arts started when I got married and had to set up my own house. I had a flair for interior decoration but no formal training, which is when I started learning various forms of art and painting just to decorate “my home”! After the birth of my first son (a child with special needs) I was forced to be a stay at home mom and that’s when my passion and hobby became work too. I started taking art classes from home and have been doing so last 15 yrs and still do. My son now is 17 yrs and I have a 7yr old daughter too and my entire family is very supportive of my passion.

My entry into crafting was 5years back. I discovered my style was Vintage with lots of textures and most importantly, altered art. My USP is up cycling and have hoarded a lot of trash at home and they all get their time to get pampered and have a new lease of life. I see a canvas in any neglected item or house hold trash and love giving them a makeover. These not only serve as home decor items but also have a utilitarian value! Now that’s living your second life to the fullest! A deserving re birth, what say??? If you wish to see my works, do visit my blog at : and my FB page link is : Until my next creative journey, happy crafting and recycling.

I am so happy to be Guest Designing at Stamps and Stencils today and their challenge for this month is FABRIC/FIBRES! How interesting!
I have upcycled a liquor bottle for this project and have used lace and coconut coir for the theme.
This is the end result!

 Let’s get to the process…

First apply a base coat to the bottle. I have applied Home d├ęcor chalk paint in brown. Let dry and give a second coat.

Apply PLAID crackle medium on places of your choice. I have done on the bottle neck. Let dry completely. 

Once the crackle medium is dry, apply the top coat. I have used chalk paint here which is a vintage white. Once the top coat is applied, the cracks begin to appear. Let this dry.

 As this is drying, I have spray painted some lace in gold.

I then choose a tissue for decoupage and cut the pattern from it. Next the tissue is adhered to the bottle with modpodge. I have chosen to have the pattern on the base of the bottle. Then with complimenting acrylic colors, I create a background to blend the tissue.

I further create textures on the bottle with some stamps. Here I have used some script stamp and Archival inks and the splatter stamp too.

Once I am happy with the bottle coloring and stamping, I decide to stick the lace on. I then create depth around the lace with watery acrylic paint.

The bottle is then given a coat of varnish to seal the work. I highlight the lace further with some Inka gold.

The bottle with the golden cap is now ready to be embellished.

I have adhered some hand made flowers on a bed of coconut coir on the bottle. The flowers compliment the tissue design and whole bottle has a vintage weathered look. All falls in to place.

I love how this bottle turned out and this will be a proud display on my table.
I am so thankful to the entire team of STAMPS and STENCILS for having me over this month. I hope you enjoyed my post and I look forward to hear your comments.
Until my next creative journey,

Happy crafting and recycling,



I'm sure you'll all agree that Rupa's altered bottle is beautiful !  Thank you Rupa for sharing such a fabulous project with us. You still have lots of time to join in with the current challenge Fabric and Fibres. 


  1. Thank you so so much to the entire team of Stamps and Stencils. Glad to be here this month with your challenge. I had a great time altering this bottle.Hugs.

  2. Wow, this is so wonderful!

  3. Rupa, this is ever so beautiful! I cannot believe how beautifully you added in the lace. Stunning and we are so thankful to have you as our guest. Hugs, Autumn