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Painting A California Palm Tree And Pine Tree Sunset On A Bottle

Updated on March 16, 2017
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Usually, I prefer painting on canvas, but sometimes it is fun to paint on other objects like glass bottles many people would just end up throwing away. Upcycling a glass bottle is a creative way to keep another object out of the landfills. You can upcycle beautiful green bottles glass water bottles by painting pictures on these, and then seal the pictures with mod podge. These decorative bottles can also be used as vases for artificial flowers, but I would not use these with real flowers because the water would make the mod podge sealer run. I suppose you could turn the bottle into a vase for real flowers by using a waterproof sealer if so desired. You can even make birthday gifts on a budget by painting designs on bottles for family and friends.

I painted a bottled with a California sunset scene, which I sealed with mod podge.
I painted a bottled with a California sunset scene, which I sealed with mod podge. | Source

Above is a picture of what the bottle looked like after I finished painting the California palm tree and pine tree sunset on it. I sealed my painting with mod podge, and I allowed it to dry for a couple of days. This bottle is very evocative of the California sunsets I often photograph and draw on paper. Below are a few photos of the process of painting the bottle with water based paint, and sealing it with mod podge.

Here I am painting the top part of the green glass bottle with purple water based paint.
Here I am painting the top part of the green glass bottle with purple water based paint. | Source

I used a purple water based paint to paint the top half of the green bottle to make it look like a California sunset.

Above is a video demonstrated how I painted the purple on the glass water bottle I am upcycling for this project. Some people throw away those beautiful green glass bottles that water like Perrier and Pellegrino comes in, which is not only bad for the environment but a bit sad since these bottles are truly very pretty. Recycling the bottles is a good alternative because you can get money back and help the environment, but I also like to upcycle the bottles by turning these into something beautiful and decorative. Today I am painting a palm tree and pine tree California sunset scene on a green bottle with water based paint. I will seal in my painting with several layers of mod podge, which will give the painting a lustrous shine, and this will also create an interesting and bubbly texture to the painting. .

I have painted on the fluorescent pink stripe, which will be the lower portion of the sunset sky.
I have painted on the fluorescent pink stripe, which will be the lower portion of the sunset sky. | Source

In this stage of the painting I used fluorescent pink water based paint to create a stripe under the purple one, which will be the lower portion of the sunset. The purple and pink colors in the sunset on this bottle are very similar to the ones I see many evenings here in Southern California.

I have finished painting the black silhouette of a California palm tree, which is often seen here in Southern California.
I have finished painting the black silhouette of a California palm tree, which is often seen here in Southern California. | Source
I have finished painting the outline of a pine tree, which is reminiscent of the sunsets I have photographed up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
I have finished painting the outline of a pine tree, which is reminiscent of the sunsets I have photographed up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
On this side of the bottle I painted a silhouette of both a palm tree and a pine tree.
On this side of the bottle I painted a silhouette of both a palm tree and a pine tree. | Source

In the photographs above I used black water based paint to create the silhouettes of palm trees and pine trees that can be seen in the foreground of the vibrant Southern California sunset. In the Inland Valley I often see pine trees that have been planted along with a few pine trees as urban landscaping, but I see more pine trees up in the San Bernardino Mountains. Photographs I have taken in the Inland Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains both influenced this painting that I created on the green bottle.

The video above shows what the painted bottle looks like before I applied the mod podge.

Here is the painting on the bottle after I added several coats of mod podge that dried clear.
Here is the painting on the bottle after I added several coats of mod podge that dried clear. | Source
The pine tree looks nice with the glossy mod podge sealer.
The pine tree looks nice with the glossy mod podge sealer. | Source
A swaying palm tree looks mesmerizing on the finished bottle.
A swaying palm tree looks mesmerizing on the finished bottle. | Source
This swaying palm tree is like many I see at sunset.
This swaying palm tree is like many I see at sunset. | Source
The pine tree looks dazzling on the bottle.
The pine tree looks dazzling on the bottle. | Source
Painting bottles is a fun way to create decorations for your home on a budget.
Painting bottles is a fun way to create decorations for your home on a budget. | Source

Here are photographs of the bottle after I finished apply the mod podge coat to it. I quite like the bubbly texture of the bottle, and these decorative bottles can make nice touches to any home décor. Just think how you can create a painted bottle for any theme, or make these into birthday presents. All you need is a bottle, paint, and mod podge.

The video shows what my bottle looks like covered with a layer of mod podge.

As you can tell I love mod podge for art and crafting projects, and you can get it for discounted prices online.

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      SweetiePie 

      4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This was such a fun craft to make, and thank you for taking the time to comment -prasetio30!

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      prasetio30 

      4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...beautiful and very creative. Thanks for step by step instruction. You deserve to get my vote. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      SweetiePie 

      4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks you for the comments on my favorite painted bottled. I appreciate these, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Painting A California Palm Tree And Pine Tree Sunset On A Bottle brilliant finish on this bottle and such creative ideas you have the step by step process looks simple.

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      boosh100 

      5 years ago

      awesome

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      SweetiePie 

      5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you, TattooKitty! Maybe you can try this, too.

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      TattooKitty 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      What gorgeous and unique gift idea!! Thanks for sharing (^.^)

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      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Carol,

      I would love to see your painting on a bottle.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      You are absolutely amazing. This is gorgeous and so creative of you. Shall I try it????? Thanks for sharing this. Voted way UP.

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      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Barbergirl! I would like to see what your daughter's bottle would turn out like, if you ever decide to post it.

      Thanks, Ignugent17! That is great to hear you would have a class try this idea. I think they would have fun.

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      ignugent17 

      6 years ago

      Very creative and interesting. This is also a good idea for art classes. It will teach the children to recycle and appreciate art. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very cool. My daughter is very artsy and I bet this would be a great medium for her to use. A great way for her to make some of her own gifts for others as well. Great hub.. love the idea!

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