I’d been planning a line of flower-themed votives and knew this painting would be on one of them, it only depended which jar I would use. I chose one where I could wrap the whole painting around, and you could turn it to find your favorite part of the painting. I etched the entire inside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle and burnished a commercial quality clear vinyl label print of my painting “Red Climbers” around the outside.
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This photo reminded me of my mother’s climbing red roses which grew up a trellis on the side of the house. These roses have always fascinated me because they just keep going–up the fence, over the fence, down the other side. As a watercolor it was pure pleasure, with enough color, light and shadow and shape for it to be interesting. The reflected light near the bottom, especially, was a joy to study and discover.
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This glass votive is etched inside by hand and has a vinyl print of my painting “Red Climbers”. It’s made from a repurposed spaghetti sauce jar 4” in diameter and 6″ tall and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.
ABOUT MY HANDMADE REPURPOSED CONDIMENT, PICKLE AND PRESERVE JAR VOTIVES
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.
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