This time I worked out a few different designs and styles. Most are etched on the inside with the design adhered on the outside, but also have embellishments painted on the outside too. Others are etched on the outside, painted with color on the inside and with a black kitty on the outside. I’ve been visualizing these for a while and it’s good to finally get them out of my system.
Since we’re not recycling glass anymore I can use those glass jars from condiments and pickles and such for votives, but to be perfectly honest I’d had this idea for so long that I started saving them several years ago, and always did save interesting jars, often using them in the kitchen to store things like beans and pasta. I have no shortage of jars, and each one offers a new opportunity.
I etch them inside or out to diffuse the light from the candle and have either a vinyl label I’ve printed or hand-painting on the outside. Because I’m largely using recycled jars each one is unique and I enjoy fitting the art or image to the shape and size of the jar. To some of them I add an extra finish with alcohol inks in areas where a label won’t cover easily.
All the smaller ones are $15 each including shipping (or $10 if you’re local and can pick up) and include an LED candle.
And a special discount
As with most smaller items I offer a discount when you purchase two or more. Votives are $15.00 each but you can purchase two for $25.00, a $5.00 discount. Use the coupon code 2VOTIVES25 in your shopping cart when you check out.
Each votive is shown below, plus a few I still have in stock. You can find these and other votives featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife on the Votives page in my Handmade Gifts Gallery.
Colorful Kitties Feline Votive
Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things Feline Votive
Inscrutable Patterns Feline Votive
Bella! in Blue or Pink
That’s all the new ones, but don’t forget these votives are also still available.
Winter Window Feline Votive
This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a clear label I printed from my painting “Winter Window”. It’s made from a repurposed glass pickle jar 5″ tall x 3.25″ diameter and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.
I etched the inside of the vase to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The design repeats twice on this votive.
“Winter Window” is an original pastel on drawing paper I prepared myself, image size 8″ x 8″ painted in 2002 right in my office while Kelly looked out the window, and as often happens capturing that moment of inspiration also catches something essential that more planned paintings don’t. Though only I would recognize this as Kelly and she is facing away I will always feel I captured something very deep about her personality and about our relationship with this simple image.
Impressionist Cats Feline Votive
This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a clear label I printed including four paintings in an Impressionist style. It’s made from a repurposed condiment jar 3.5″ tall x 3″ wide and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.
I etched the inside of the vase to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design of four individual paintings on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with orange permanent alcohol ink.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
I’ve always been inspired by the Impressionist painters from sketches to paintings. This includes five of many works in the style.
My Cats in the Sun Cats Feline Votive
This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a clear label I printed including the four paintings from my set “My Cats in the Sun”. It’s made from a repurposed glass jelly jar 3.5″ tall x 2.25″ wide and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.
I etched the inside of the vase to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design of four individual paintings on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with green permanent alcohol ink.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Bright sunshine on anything will inspire me, especially when it’s illuminating one of my cats…and so I’d like to share that inspiration with other feline fans. These four designs are printed from my original artwork, each of them cats who’ve shared my life past and present.
The Daily Chase Feline Votive
Stained Glass Cats Feline Votive
Mariposa has been learning fast and was instrumental in creating and photographing these votives.
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