This Starry Night Wine Bottle just couldn’t be more appropriate. My silly little fox dog Lakai got out through a hole in the fence three nights ago, and we spent a good hour running around in the star speckled, dark sky at 1am looking for her. So fun……..! I’m thankful to report that we found her though…by we I mean my brother. It actually was a great story of God’s presence in our lives. I was running around the elementary school near our house, where I take Lakai on walks, and I was on the verge of bawling because it was 1am, I couldn’t see anything, and even if I did see her, she is like the cheetah of dog species. And I am not like the cheetah of human species. Anyway, I was running around in the dark just praying to God to help us find her, and keep her safe and just feeling so hopeless on my own without His help, but knowing He can hear me. And literally two seconds after I finished praying, my phone rang and my brother had found her. Whew! LEMONADE!!! You can try and say it was a coincidence, but I know who to thank…the Big-Guy-Upstairs.
What You Need:
- Wine Bottle (full or empty- I chose empty so you can see through the bottle to know what the paint will look like, since sometimes it’s more opaque and you want to add more coats)
- Acrylic Paint (black, white, light blue, dark blue, yellow)
- Paint Brushes (1 medium-large and 1 small-medium)
1. Using a medium-large paint brush, paint the wine bottle black. I didn’t paint all the way to the rim because I liked the way it looked with part of it unpainted. I stopped at about where the neck of the wine bottle begins. Sometimes Acrylic Paint can peel on wine bottles while you’re paint is wet, so a few pieces of advice I can give:
- Apply paint very generously, don’t try and spread it too thin for these base coats.
- Once you paint a stroke, don’t brush over that same spot again until it dries, otherwise it might peel the paint off.
- Similar to the bullet above, wait til the whole first coat dries, then paint another to ensure full coverage. Only paint each spot with 1-2 strokes or you still run the risk of peeling.
- An alternative option mentioned at White Cottage Boutique is to use some sort of chalk addition to the paint. Her site has instructions; I haven’t used that method before but maybe check it out if you’re struggling with peeling too much.
2. While you let your base coats completely dry, find a picture of starry night online to use as your guide. I looked off the Starry Night picture from the Canvas and Cocktails website. They do a canvas version class on this one.
3. From here on out you will only be using your small-medium brush. Section, with little white dashes, the bottle into 4 sections. This will be an easy way of keeping things “proportional.” You’ll do the same with the actual image as well. You can see approximately how I broke it up.
4. Next, with the dark blue make a thin guideline of the shape and where the “mountains” (here in Colorado we know those little bumps are just hills) will come up to. Go through making dashes all over the whole bottle with the dark blue ABOVE your mountain line. They don’t need to have any direction, just horizontal unorganized dashes.
5. Once that’s dry, get your light blue, and making dashes, start doing the wind swirl in the mid sky, the wind right above the mountains, and some basic dashes going in a circle for the stars and the moon. You can see in section 3 how the dashes kind of run into each other a little bit with their own shapes. In section 2, make sure to put a lot of light blue dashes on the star that the castle is to the left of.
6. Let that dry. Get the dark blue again, and a LITTLE TINY bit of the light blue mixed together and repeat step 5 with that middle blue color. Add a few dashes with that color in other open areas of the sky as well.
7. Let that dry. Mix yellow and a LITTLE TINY bit of black. Now go through with that color and repeat step 5.
8. Using white and a little yellow, make a lot of dashes to create the center of the moon. Add a few dashes of this color throughout the other bright stars and the wind patterns. Get some yellow and paint the moon.
9. Repeat step 6. Below is a close up on what the size of the strokes are like.
10. Paint black from the mountain line and down half way with a sweeping motion. Get the dark blue and from the bottom of the bottle, sweep the dark blue paint up into the black, blending them together a little bit.
11. Paint the black castle in section two.
12. Go through the castle and the mountains regions adding highlights with light blue, dark blue and yellow.
Whala! This would be a great gift, or make a great addition to your kitchen or living room! To point out the obvious, you do not have to do Starry Night, but hopefully this post will help you to be able to paint a different painting more easily as well. Happy painting!