I shared some bottle and jar items last week in my Finish Max Painted Glass Bottles and More post. I have made some more wine bottles and took pictures to show you how easy image transfer is with the right product.
Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type paint. has a great transfer and decoupage product. It’s called 1 Gel (available on Amazon) Currently this is not available on Amazon, but something like Liquitex Gel Medium should work equally well.
Looking for a great deal on a laser printer? IF you have a laser printer (I got a great deal on Amazon) you can use pod podge for this project!
Easy way to paint glass bottles
I painted some more bottles using my Finish Max Fine and Heirloom Traditions French Vanilla Chalk Type Paint.
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Apply gel medium to painted bottles
I coated all of the wine bottles with the 1gel using a chip brush, and allowed the gel to dry. But, you can use Mod Podge if you have a laser printer.
Reverse image-print-trim edges
It's important to trim the images. Any image with text on it needs to be flipped or mirrored when you print it. Here’s the fun part! I used the chip brush to apply the 1gel to the FRONT (printed) side of the image trying not to get any of the gel on the white side of the paper. IF you get the gel on the white side of the paper, it will make it more difficult to peel of the paper allowing the image to be revealed.
Apply images-allow to dry-dampen with water
To be able to remove the paper, you will need to wet the printer paper. I used wet paper towels, and let the towels soak the label off. It’s amazing that even though a piece of printer paper feels very thin, there are several layers that make up that paper. It’s best to work on one layer at a time and try to have patience. Ask me how I know?
Inkjet printer image transfer
After removing all of the layers of paper, give a quick coat of the 1gel over the image to seal it. Now, here is what is different about the Heirloom Traditions 1gel. The bottle on the left is an inkjet transfer. You can see it’s not quite as sharp as the laser printed image on the right, but it did transfer. Perhaps your inkjet printer will do a better job than mine did. Of all the things I’ve read and tried, I’ve never gotten an inkjet copy to transfer.
Embellish image transfer painted bottle
This is one I did over the weekend for a friend’s birthday gift. She loved it! I bought the image on Etsy, the flowers and the small key were purchased with a 40% coupon at a craft store. The jute is always on hand because I use it for my Etsy signs.
You can get the Keep Calm and Drink Wine image from Hope Photo Art on Etsy.
Add jute to bottle neck
This is how I wrap the jute around the neck of the bottle.
- Allow several inches to hang down on the loose end.
- Start wrapping from the top to the bottom, placing the loose end where you want the knot to be tied
- Continue wrapping till you get to the bottom of the neck, allowing the original loose end to hang out. Cut the piece of jute you’ve been wrapping to a length you prefer
- Tie the two pieces of jute into a knot. (no hot glue involved, but a very secure way to decorate the neck of your bottle
Embellish your bottle to your own tastes.
Have you ever done an image transfer?
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