How To: Van Gogh on a Bottle.


Seeking to repurpose a used wine bottle and reapply the skills she learned in college, Monica Ewing sought to recreate a classic impressionist painting on her unlikely surface. "It was the perfect assignment for a novice painter such as me. On a wine bottle, you can’t see the entire painting at once, so mistakes in proportion, etc. are obscured. Here, I copied one of my favorite Vincent van Gogh works: Wheat Field with Cypresses." Use the tools below to copy your own favorite piece, or adapt the techique for a cylindrical original.


  • empty wine bottle
  • glass etching cream
  • newspaper
  • latex gloves
  • latex primer or gesso
  • acrylic paint (no need to spend a lot on paint. You can mix any shade with these five Liquitex colors: cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, cerulean blue, titanium white, and ivory black)
  • artist’s palette or paper plate
  • clear lacquer
  • cork (this wood-topped cork was given to me. Similar ones are sold here)


  • foam paint brush
  • various paint brushes
  • palette knife
  • painting you want to copy (optional)



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