Artist's Prayer

Give us Your daily Inspiration
So, we can live a Creative Life.
And lead us away from self-doubt,
For to doubt our creativity
Is to doubt Your Voice within us.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Frugal Finds For Your Creative Heart...

I stopped by my local Goodwill store this morning to see if I can find some creative inspiration for this week .... If you've never visited Goodwill, I encourage you to give it a try. $5 bill has 'extended buying' power there. I didn't discover the many blessings of Goodwill until about a year ago. First of all, every employee greets you with a warm smile and a genuine welcome and when making a purchase the cashier will thank you for supporting Goodwill's mission. Whenever you spend money or donate your own unwanted items you are helping, otherwise unemployable, men and women. Goodwill creates a workplace environment that teaches one to find a self-respect through service to others.

I came across two very unique glass containers, one is an old-looking bottle and the other is an elongated-shaped bottle-like.... dish? of some sorts, brings back some memories of organic chemistry nightmares with its peculiar spherical shapes.... see for yourself.

I may pour paint down the bottle.... glue bits and pieces of paper, ribbons, or just paint on its surface.... My total investment in these finds came to just above $5. I encourage you to take yourself for a stroll down the aisles of your local thrift store and see if you can find some creative sustenance in rummaging through old treasures...


  1. Your bottles are beautiful. Painting bottles and vases are alot of fun. I enclosed a couple of ways I have painted vases and bottles. I hope you do not mind that I shared this with you.

    Try this on day while you are painting bottles. Buy 3 to 4 different spray paint in correndating colors. First coat of paint add water to the inside of the container and spray your first color. Roll the bottle round and coat some of the bottle. Turn bottle upside down over a larger container so the paint can dripp out and dry. Repeat each step until finisherd and it comes out looking like water colors and is beautiful. Add water first to each step.

    Here is another painting tip for vases and large mouth bottles. Cut contact paper in differnt shapes and place them on the sides of the iteams and spray paint them silve or gold paint. while spraying the vase swirl the vase around to coat all sides and turn it upside down to let the paint drip out and dry. After the vase is dried remove the contact paper. The vase or bottle looks like the mercury vases that cost hundreds of dollars.

    If my spelling is awful today, I am sorry my MS is really affecting my brain. I am having problems with spelling words and remebering facts.

  2. Thank you for sharing these fun techniques Pat, I will definitely try to give spray paints a try...

  3. Hi Tatiana,
    I love that spherical bottle thing. I laughed about the organic chemistry class memories. Well, you are like a scientist experimenting with new concoctions. Your continue to dazzle me with your creativity. Your seem to have a lot of energy and passion!