Hydroflasks

I made my kids custom hyrdroflasks for Christmas this past year. They seem to love these liquid containers, and I wanted to do something special for them and create something unique. Recently for my daughter’s graduation, I wanted to make her and her friends something that they can take with them when they go off to school that reminds them of home. So here they are.

I started by creating some marks on the flasks. Because I didn’t plan ahead, I wasn’t able to get all white flasks which is probably what I would have done. More like a blank canvas. I ended up with navy blue, white, black and one gray one.

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I used all kinds of things to make the marks, bubble wrap, paint brushes, the ends of paint brushes, paper towels, and maybe some other things. As you can see, they really don’t look that great just yet.

After this layer, I did a layer of light blue, then the red on top. The red was done mostly with small bubble wrap. Once that dried, I did some marking around the edges of the red in gray and white to create some more depth.

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These are ready for the Memphis bridge to be painted on top. Once I painted the bridge, I used stamps to print out ‘memphis’ on the front by the bridge, and for most of them, I did their initials on the other side.

A couple of the final product:

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These two don’t have the sealer applied yet. The sealer makes them super shiny and my beautiful daughter made sure they were shiny. She researched what was needed and went to the store to get it. So much better than the finish I had planned on.

Materials used: hydroflask, fluid acrylic paint, Posca paint pens, Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer.

Champagne and Flowers Please

 

My big inspiration for this painting was a champagne bottle. I had dinner earlier this year in Tampa, and we shared a bottle of champagne. I was in love with the bottle, so I packed it in my bag and took it home to Memphis with me. I was also inspired by some very colorful paintings I had seen on Instagram. I have been making so many paintings lately that have some bright colors, but mostly neutral backgrounds. So I wanted to do something a little different. So I started with a fantastic empty champagne bottle, and a vision for bright colors, this time choosing purple and a shade of blue.

 

Varying shades of flowers in pink, big hydrangea type flowers. I mixed pink with purple and a little white for the lighter colored ones.

 

The last step before the resin was the glass accents. I already had what I would use for the base, but what else? I started putting some crushed pink glass on all of the flowers, but I didn’t like it! I then tilted the panel up to get the glass all off at once, and it pooled at the bottom by where the vase went. I put the vase down on it, and I loved how it looked. So the pink crushed glass stayed. I also ended up stacking it up a bit, and using the resin and the crushed glass to hold the vase down.

This painting will be auctioned off a school auction in the coming weeks. I hope whoever buys it loves it as much as I loved making it!