I see things others might recycle or throw away as creative possibilities. I save jars and use a fair number around the house for storage and for projects in my studio and recycle the rest. For years I’ve considered ways to make votives with my artwork just like the ones I’ve received as gifts and began saving the more interesting small jars I had for a someday project, including jars from relish and mustard, jelly and preserves, olives, jalapeños and other pickled items, salsa and other sauces, and more. Each one has its own unique quality and inspiration for me.
When summer came along and I set up my deck with all my varied votives I knew I’d found the project for those jars. I knew I wanted to both etch the glass and paint a design on it somehow, and found alcohol inks, which adhere to glass. On some jars I etched the entire outside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, painted the inside of the jar with the color patterned background, then painted a figure or design on the outside. On others I etched the inside and painted my design on the outside, and on some I’ve done a combination of both.
Peaceful Nap Feline Votive
This glass votive is etched, embellished and painted by hand and patterned after one of my daily cat sketches, “Peaceful Nap”. It’s made from a repurposed jalapeño jar 3” round and 4″ tall.
On this jar I etched the entire outside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, spattered the inside of the jar for the color patterned background, then painted the cat figure on the outside.
I used alcohol ink on the inside and I’ve found it can be easily wiped but not scrubbed, and I’m not sure how it would react to an actual flame. For this reason I recommend not using a real candle. I am selling these with an LED tea light so you won’t need to worry about scrubbing off wax or blackening from the candle.
Each votive comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.
This votive is sold out! I will make a similar votive soon.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
I had this sketch idea in mind for some time, but this drawing was encouraged by art exhibits I saw at several galleries. What I had in mind was just a faintly colored backdrop with a fair amount of neutral, and a small black cat in the lower right corner doing something catlike. In my visualization, the cat was bathing. Here, she is curled to sleep but alert. It is actually Mimi on my lap.
Some of the alcohol inks would not mute down to pastel so I couldn’t quite use all the colors and ended up with just blue and green.
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