Friday, 2 February 2018

Mixed Media Mirror- Creative Artiste February Challenge DT Post

Today I am pleased to be sharing my piece for the February Anything Goes challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. I had so much fun with this one using a technique I haven't played with in a long time. 

This month we are kindly sponsored by DecoArt

What a prize!!!

I started with a cheap Ikea mirror, which I removed the mirror tile from in order to avoid it getting damaged. I used various cut pieces of embossed card and laser cut elements and set about designing my layout. I wanted something feminine yet a bit steampunk/grungy for this project so chose fitting embossing folders. 

I added some tin foil to add extra texture, and chose a broken necklace to finish the design off with. 

 Once everything was stuck in place ( except the necklace as that was for later) The fun really began. I painted the entire piece in gold, bronze,  red and hints of blue until it was totally covered. Then I added some stamping randomly using Archival ink. 

Then I covered it some more- with a bitumen solution. Yep that's right, as in tarmac! This is a technique I learned quite a while ago from my friend and craft tutor Karen Clare. You can read more about it on her blog Karen's Little Gifts and Cards ( do have a poke around her page- she really is very talented and inspirational) . 

I helped the drying process along with a heat gun because I am impatient and like to get to the magical part. 

With a soft cloth and white spirit I gently lifted away the black solution , and kept going until I was happy with the grungy effect it gave. 

Finally I used Pebeo gilding wax to highlight the texture, and adhered the necklace to the top before gluing the mirror tile back in place.

I really hope you enjoyed reading my tutorial and you feel inspired to have a play yourself and enter this months challenge. 

Challenges I am entering:

Good luck!



  1. Fabulous Lynda, I've made mirrors like this but a different method than the bitumen and white spirit one.

    Sue xx

    1. Thanks Sue. The bitumen method is so much fun. You should give it a try! x

  2. A fabulously decorated mirror Lynda. The richness of the colours and the embossed details look amazing xx

  3. This looks great Lynda, love the addition of the necklace too. Thanks for the link back and mention X

  4. Impressive, Lynda! It reminds me moroccan style , I love it!

  5. Stunning frame Lynda. Beautiful details. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Judy DT

  6. Love it! Such great texture, and a lovely finish. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  7. The richness of the changes to your mirror are sumptuous Lynda. Thank you for entering in Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month