Thursday, 23 May 2013

Pots of Fun

       Hello everyone!

            Thanks for being here again to see what I have made. I decided to leave my comfort zone of flowery vintage shabby chic and see what else I could do....The idea came to me after seeing the Simon Says 'Use your Favourite ink' challenge - After making my Bundled Sage frame I thought I would have a go at the opposite! - what inks do I not use very often?

     I think it would be unfair to declare them my least favourite - I think all the colours are amazing otherwise I wouldn't have ended up with an immense collection of Distress inks...They are just the most incredible inks ever...and I want more and more of them!! However, I think we all find that there are ones that we reach for very often and others that just sit hoping for a day to shine....

     My favourites are Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, and Antique Linen. My favourite shading and vintage effect ones are Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap. My favourite brights are Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade.

    So for this project I selected three rarely used inks - Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters (which I had never used before!) - And here is the finished creation!

    I had a china pot that I had planned to decorate in some way and I began to think of using servietten technique

         I love doing this technique but I wanted to something different with it. I started to think about using DI's on about using one of the plain white layers that I normally cast aside? to get patterns though?....Stamp with black archival ink first?.....will that work?...only one way to find out!

     I love experimenting with crafts - with this project a few things did go wrong - but for me that really adds to the joy of it. The thought process of how to work past an error, what did go wrong? How can I get work on that? What would work instead?

    So I got a layer of serviette, and began to stamp various images on it...quite randomly, some text, flourishes, diamonds, pen nibs....I dried each very quickly with a heat gun to minimise the ink bleeding and looking blurred. I then applied the serviette to the china with modpodge and left to dry.

    The black stamping was a bit intense - so I decided to cover with a light coat of gesso to knock it back. I left the quote uncovered though as I wanted that to be more vivid.

  My usual technique is to apply the serviette and then when dry cover it with a coat of mod podge to seal it - but DI's don't cover glue so I applied the inks over the unsealed serviette. You have to change the application method, instead of swirling the blender you have to dab. I applied Scattered Straw first, then Shabby Shutters and then Tumbled Glass - just dabbing random patches of colour and trying to make sure it all blended.

                 The lid of the pot was decorated with a plain serviette and the same inks 

   And to decorate the lid - I chose a variety of dyed ribbons, jewellery bits and pieces and a grapevine heart.

        I think I now have three more favourite DI's! ;o)

   Thanks so much for being here to see what I have made - Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments - I really do appreciate you spending some crafting time with me!


I would like to enter this for the following challenges -

Inspiration Journal - Use a favourite quote
The Artistic Stamper - Words
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Alter it


  1. Goodness this is just so beautiful, stunningly gorgeous. If I had the time, I would experiment am impressed and have joined your blog as a new member...cheers, love annie

  2. Wow! This is so effective. I have done some serviette work on canvas and journal pages, but I would never have thought to use on a pot like this with DIs and I always wondered how I might those unpatterned layers. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely have a go at this some time in the future. xxx

  3. What an amazing transformation Laura! Those colours go together so well, I love the stamping and your embellishments finish this piece off so perfectly. I did not know you could use the serviette technique on crockery - the possibilities are endless.... Thank you so much for the inspiration! Hugs, Anne x

  4. Gosh, I really love your altered pot Laura, you did a fabulous job with it, beautiful stamp work, such pretty colours and lovely details! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, take care, Ira xox

  5. Wow! Laura that is so amazing it makes it really countryfied I love the techniques you use. You are so inspirational! I sadly do not have enough time in the day it all seems so unfair. So much to try so little time!!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  6. A gorgeously creative transformation.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  7. This is really wonderful and look amazing. I must admit though - I have no idea what a serviette is but I certainly do love what you did with it!!

  8. What a great alteration Laura...gorgeous result!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  9. How cool, just a wonderful idea, great altering. Looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  10. Yummy "alternative" servietten technique... the colours are gorgeous. There really are no "bad" colours in Distress, are there?!
    Alison xx

  11. You are a genius Laura. I wish you could visit me one day, we both drink tea and you teach me to craft all this cool stuff. Hehe..
    I love your work. Big fan!

  12. Only you my sweets would come out of your zone and decorate a pot, well you have done a STUNNING job, it's truly brilliant, I've never stamped on serviette, I'll have to try it now I thought it would bleed through:). then adding the ink, the colors are fabulous,adding the dyed matching ribbon awesome, and those heart wreath again, I love them and am dying to use mine now, thanks for sharing and oh so inspiring, have a wonderful creative weekend..

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous, Laura. Love it!

  14. Like you I love the serviette technique and this is a great way of doing it! I have done the same with tissue paper but this seems to work great too and a clever way of using those spare layers of the serviette! The colour combo you eventually came up with gorgeous and I really love how you have embellished it! Great make!

  15. Gorgeous, LOVE it!

    Thanks for playing at FSC..

    xxx Ellie xxx

  16. Even I don’t have time to comment on every post I am sneaking around and I like every creation on your blog…this pot is just gorgeous!

  17. Love the way you have achieved this effect. It never occurred to me to use the tissue layers underneath the top one, but this works so well. Great choice of embellishments for the top of the pot too. Hugs, Jenny x

  18. Absolutely gorgeous and genius! So creative! Love love love it!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and the nice comment you left.

    Rosi x

  19. What a fabulous altered dish and I love the yummy colours you chose to use. Thanks for sharing your project at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  20. Laura, So love your altered little pot! Fabulous idea! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!


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