Sailor Jerry Bottle Label Art
Preserve your favorite Sailor Jerry Rum label pin-up as artwork! The end result gives you a weathered vintage look that would make a great addition to any home bar! I’ve provided a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to easily remove the label and transfer the image to canvas!
Small stretched canvas (I used 5×7”)
Paint brush or foam brush
(1.) Start by filling your bottle with very hot water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Using your fingernail, slowly pick at one side of the label until it starts to lift off the glass. (2.) Continue to peel back label carefully.
If some of it doesn’t peel off perfect, don’t sweat it! It will add to the effect in the end!
(3.) Next, cover your canvas with a thick layer of gel medium. Place the label, pin-up image side down, so the hula girl pin-up is face up. (4.) Smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles and put in a safe place to dry for 3-4 hours or overnight.
You might ask why I didn’t just skip the tedious work and paste the label, pin-up image side, face up and call it done.. The problem with doing that is the second it becomes wet, ie; using Mod Podge or a gel medium, the actual label side shows through. Since I only wanted the pin-up from the inside, I chose this method! ; )
(5.) When canvas is try, dip a paint brush in water and lightly paint over label to dampen it. (6.) Using your finger, slowly rub at the label until it starts to peel up.
Continue to rub off label and scratch away the white paper until your image is revealed. Use more water if necessary and be careful not to scratch through to the canvas.
Once your image is revealed you can leave it as is and paint a thin layer of gel medium over the top to preserve the image OR you can use acrylic paint around the edges to create a border, wait for it to dry, and then seal it up with another coat of gel medium!
Enjoy your new artwork and of course enjoy some Sailor after your crafting efforts!