Perfume Bottle #1: Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne
Painted at : Cosmetics, Holt Renfrew, Yorkdale Mall
Painted on: January 10 2015
Size: 30 ml
Objective: the clients requested me to paint some black berries on the bottle.
Paints Used: Pébéo Vitrail paints
Air-dry paints. The colors are transparent, intense and bright. Dry to touch in one hour and fully dry in 8 hours. Colors resist light washing and glass cleaner and are for decorative purpose only.
Seeing through the clear glass perfume bottle itself, I don’t see any magnifying effect and also the liquid content is clear. For the label of Jo Malone, it is pretty formal and symmetric, basically with the colors of beige, black and a tint of gold.
Ideas and Concepts:
For the label of Jo Malone, it is formal and symmetric, basically with minimal colors; that is, beige, black and a tint of gold. In order to break-through the formality, my patterns, i.e. berries, cannot be paint in realistic form but whimsical.
On the bottle, I paint vines of ripe and half-ripe blackberries, white blackberry flowers and green leaves, which are ornate around the bottom rim of the bottle.
The color combination on the blackberry plants are mainly cool color scheme, apart from the white flowers. Since the white Vitrail color is not able to stand out alone sharply, I use the gold color with orange stamens. Also, due to the vast cool color adopted, the hint reflection against the liquid content does not impact dramatically.
Seal and Signature:
Nothing is better than using my signature and current year to complete this painting. With these finishing touches, the perfume bottle is well-defined as one and the only gift to the recipient.
On Saturday, 10th January 2015, I was so pleased to have a chance to to paint on perfume bottles for Holt Renfrew’s customers. This is a complimentary with the purchase of any perfume at Holt Renfrew in Yorkdale Mall.
When I design how to paint these bottles, I think of Wine bottles. Most of the wineries produced different shapes and size of the bottles, while some even hired artists to design their bottle labels. This brings out the uniqueness of the wine itself.
For me, instead of painting on the labels, I paint on the perfume bottles themselves. Since memory and smell are intertwined closely, I create an exclusive feeling by using paints, pattern, the color of liquid content and even the glass color. So when the users wear their perfume, the paintings on the bottles will bring up certain memories as well.
Charlotte has been painting on porcelain wares since 2002. When she was a child, she learnt Chinese brush painting, Sumi-e, water color painting, Metal Clay craft and so on. With her extensive knowledge in painting, she tries to apply different techiques onto varied materials. Her artworks are representations of new outlook and practical way to the viewers, instead of another piece of old Louis XIV's antique collection.