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!

Lynda 






9 comments:

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

    Sue xx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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