Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Friendship or Chocolate? Yes please.....

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
-Charles Dickens
Well, today I have recycled/upcycled project to share that sports a quote from Charles Dickens. I rather like the prior that mentions chocolate, but unfortunately the chocolate didn't make it long enough to be photographed. So, here is what I have to share today for a few mixed media challenges.
Found this at a thrift store for a couple pennies and wondered if it wouldn't make a cute water pitcher. I actually wondered that months ago as it collected dust in a cabinet.  As fate would have it, an April rolled around and a flourish of perfect challenges presented themselves and I thought this little 'oil' dispenser could use a new life.
Gathering the traditional mixed media products I began disguising and reinventing...
Wait! What's that? 
Well, it's an experiment. You be the judge if you like my watering pitcher actually pouring water (of sorts) along with its flora.
Above you can see the finalized stream of 'water' and later you see that the water has produced the foundation for these handmade flowers.
Another mixed media technique is stenciling and also a requirement for several challenges, so this Gothic stencil with modeling paste was applied to the front of the pitcher.
Another criteria for one of the challenges was to only use (1) stencil, (1) stamp, and (1) color...I chose to do an ombre of pinks. 
I used a stamp from Stampin' Up that has this Charles Dickens quote.
And here is is again showing that the liquid (hot glue) stream can be removed if desired.
Thank you so much for your visit and I hope you found some inspiration in this project.
Hugs and happy creating, 
Lisa x
I'm off to go rummage up some more chocolate!

Challenges I would love to enter:
Mixed Media Mojo - Recycle/Upcycle: Twist: Flowers
Mixed Media Place - The Power of One (stencil, stamp and color)
The Artistic Stamper - Flora and Fauna
Stamps and Stencils - Anything Goes

33 comments:

Sue Butler said...

Ahhh Q.
This is what I have missed from you, the quirky makes that bring a huge smile to my face and at the same time amazement on your design. You alter objects beautifully. Was the glue drip a happy accident?
Love this very much. Shabbyliciousness meets Quirkyness and all is well.
Smiles:)
Onion

Marie-Louise said...

Oh my goodness Lisa this is fantastic. You really are so very creative.

Samra Leshinski said...

Wow!!! Amazing transformation!!! Love what you did with that pitcher! Damask is my favorite stencil, so all I can say is BRAVO!!!

Tammy said...

Such irresistible fabulousness! Love how clever you are to create the look of water and the addition of embellishment is nothing short of sheer brilliance! Love your creation!

Lucyna Marynowska said...

What a great idea with the pouring water and a great way of recycling. I must try that. Love your altered art piece. Thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon.

Pia S said...

You're a clever one, Lisa! Nothing wrong about the pitcher in the first place, but compared to what you transformed it into its original state sure looks dull. I've got some stencils, they're still out of my comfort zone to use, so very interested in idea on how to use them:)

Chrissy said...

Fabulous Lisa..your jug came out so pretty and love your handmade flowers.I have just been trying out stencilling and using modelling paste..mmm...I need a lot more practise at that!!..at least you have inspired me to keep trying..

luv CHRISSYxx

toni said...

Wow! A fabulous transformation ! Wonderful texture and love the flowery 'waterfall ' very clever idea! Thank you for sharing this with us over at Stamps and Stencils x

Pawsitively Creative said...

Awesome upcycle and wonderful creativity! Love the texture on this but the main focus for me is the beautiful "water" stream and flowers you have created! Thanks so much for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo! Hugz! ~Niki

Pamellia Johnson said...

Holy freaking amazing Lisa!! Love love love this! Love the colours, the amazing stencil and stamp work, love the flowers and embellishments and absolutely love your glue water fountain-flow-drip thing!! Amazing upcycle project!! What an inspiration you are! hugs :)

Lori said...

Brilliant! Love the stenciling and stamp on your upcycle and the flowers pouring out are beautiful! I guess you should have bought double the chocolate!

Paper Profusion said...

Fantastic transformation Lisa, it looks very oh la la and chic with exuberant personality included too! Now if u have any spare chocolate left I can send you my address....Nicola x

Sandy said...

You are so clever - I never realized you are so girly girl! I have always known you to be quite inventive and creative. Well, I have always said, if you can't pour chocolate, pour flowers!!
Beautifully made Lisa!
Sandy xx

Mitra Pratt said...

I saw a quick preview of this project in my email and I was unable to wrap my mind around exacly how cool this was! Had to come back for a longer look! I LOVE that pink color and the flower water falling from it! What a cool find and transformation! YOU ROCK GIRL!

TangledBlueRose said...

Love your creative pitcher! The color and texture are awesome. I love the water you created so cool! Wonderful example of Upcycling and thanks for sharing with us at Mixed Media Mojo!~kim

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. Lisa, this is such a creative and unique creation! Love all the beautiful details on this pitcher. :)

Karon said...

OMG - that is one gorgeous transformation!!! I love the water/flower stream. Beautiful! Have a great weekend.

Regina Easter said...

YOU'RE SIMPLE AMAZING MY FRIEND

Margaret said...

A little shabby, a bit rustic, and just a hint of romantic! This is so wonderful and I love the cascading flowers!!

hazel said...

This is an amazing makeover, I love it, thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo.
xxx Hazel.

Ruth said...

What a great fun creative project, fabulous transformation...and yes great quote friends with chocolate can't be bettered! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Amazing creation ,Lisa. Brilliant idea to alter the jar. I love love texture and colors here.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Artistic Stamper this month.

Joi at RR said...

With or without the flower stream - this is wonderful! I love it both ways. The colors are just super lovely. Thanks bunches for sharing. So fun and creative. j.

Maria Levine said...

This is an awesome altered jug! Great job!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Mojo!

Lisa S. said...

It's just this sort of project that made me fall in love with your crafting style- ex nihlio. You are the best I've ever seen at creating something "out of nothing." This is so freaking cool L2 and the liquid H2O suspended from the spout is divine. Totally rocked this chica, TOTALLY. :-) Have an awesome weekend and more projects like this one, pleeeezzzeeee. Hugs, L1

Kelly Neis said...

I sure hope you are teaching classes on your experiment as the are so awesome, I have never seen a person with so much creativity in every direction. My brain is on overload. I would love to watch you in action!! This is a gorgeous project and I love the cascade of embellishments you creating with the drips. Love your awesomeness!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs Kelly

Tracy said...

Chocolate wouldn't have survived the creative process here either. hee hee. This is a really fun upcycle. I LOVE that glue stream. The free flow design looks so cool. You rock Twang! Hugs!

Pascale B. said...

Great project! love the stream of flowers!Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

butterfly said...

Love, love, love this, Lisa! Your hot glue gun waterfall of flowers is inspired, and I love the shabby chic gesso texture - fabulous altered art!
Alison xx

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Amazing project!! Love the flower arrangement pouring from the can!
Thanks for playing with our MMP challenge!

Riikka Kovasin said...

Fantastic project! So inspirational, too! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

Charlene said...

This is fantastic!!!! LOVE the use of the stencil and all the layers of goodies!! So creative!

Karon said...

Just popping in to say Hi and hope that you are doing OK. Hugs, Karon.