When it’s your bestie's big birthday, your sister’s wedding or even your boss’s retirement, it can be difficult to find that special something which says it all but also retains a quality of luxury. When Brenda Rojo painted a Frida Kahlo champagne bottle for a friend's birthday, she wasn’t prepared for the reactions she received, or the stream of order requests which followed. Unbeknownst to her, she had made an incredibly special gift, which was the catalyst for a whole new business venture.
As well as being a lover of champagne, Brenda loves art, poetry and writing. “This new venture was an opportunity to pursue my creativity and turn my love of art into something tangible,” she tells me. Drawing was her favorite activity growing up and she is proud to be able to now utilize it in this way.
Champagne Paints is represented with a website and online store featuring an array of sophisticated designs. Celebratory of significant events from buying a new home to corporate milestones, “every bottle is completely bespoke and painted for the individual, every time I pour my creativity into paintings, it becomes a representation of the people and their stories, and it fills me with joy”, Brenda states.
Creating these extraordinary gifts since 2020, Brenda has painted champagne bottles for the engagement of Simone Biles and Jonathon Owens, as well as for poet Rupi Kaur and also for a well-known Whitehouse representative.
The favorite champagne chosen by a majority of clients is Veuve Cliquot, but Brenda also paints special bottles of tequila, whisky, wine, whatever is the giftee's favorite tipple. It’s a custom business and the lengthy process includes preparing the surface of the glass using layers of primer, then paint, with a final sealant which protects and enhances the life of the bottle. After the contents have been enjoyed, it can be used as decoration. However, most recipients decide never to open the bottle at all, keeping it as a cherished token of a special occasion.
Working from her home studio, all compositions begin with a series of sketches and Brenda confers with the client before painting the finished bottle. Her personal favorite is a special bottle of tequila which she painted with an oil pen, the filigree line drawing allows for the honey color of the nectar inside to shine through.
This business began during the pandemic and Brenda describes it as “the most beautiful lesson, even in hard times there’s beauty and inspiration that can flourish”.
You can check out Champagne Paints online and on Instagram and contact Brenda via text or phone at 713-501-7187