Mixed Media Altered Coffee Jar

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while but I have been super busy setting up my local craft classes, that are currently going really well. This project is one we did in the second class and it seemed to go down well so I though I would share it with you too. I began this project with a clean empty glass jar, the first step was to paint it with white gesso in order to prime it for other mediums.

For texture the first medium I added after gesso was Finnabair clear crackle texture paste, but we didn’t use this in class as it takes a while to dry and you can’t speed up the process with a heat tool. Once the crackle paste had dried I added some Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a Prima stencil shown above. I then added more texture with Prima art stones and mini art stones which I attached to the jar using 3D matte gel.

Some of the embellishments I used on this project I coloured before I attached them ,such as the paper flowers as they are quite delicate. The Tim Holtz Bigz dies Gadget Gears #2 and Garden Greens are cut from mount board and coated in gesso which made them fairly strong so I attached them before adding ink. I used a hot glue gun to attach all the embellishments purely for how rapidly it dries so we can move on quickly in class. Given more time I would use Finnabair 3D matte gel to glue everything on as it is a much more reliable and stable adhesive. I also added some paper clay pieces before inking that I made using a Prima mould and then coated in gesso. Then it was time to colour! For this project I used Lindy’s sprays, Tebetan poppy teal, Sassy sapphire, Gator gumbo olive and Buccaneer bay blue. I also dripped some Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Mushroom and Mermaid, from the top of the jar to run in between the art stones. Once I was happy with the colour I added the rest of my embellishments to the project, paper flowers, buttons, a Tim Holtz clock face and game spinner. All that was left was to add some highlights, for this I used Creative Expressions Graphite and Chocolate Bronze gilding polish, which gave the project definition and a nice metallic finish.

As you can see by all the smiley faces, this was a popular project. I hope this post inspires you to create your own mixed media altered jar? If it does, tag me in your social media pictures of your awesome projects using the #winstoniancrafts as I would love to see them. Happy crafting!