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Thursday, 21 July 2016

An altered Ikea Mirror

Good morning..

Today I am bringing you an altered mirror that I got on my last trip to Ikea.. it is called the Malma mirror and is only £1.50 so it is a bargain well worth buying and saving until you fancy doing a project like this. It measures 26 cm square.

Here is the finished project



For the colour inspiration I used this mood board from The Mixed Media Place as my starting reference


The pink really jumped out at me as I wanted to hang it n my Grand-daughters room.



To start with I covered the mirror with Daler-Rowney Gesso and Texture paste using a Heidi Swapp Beehive stencil. I then misted it all lightly with some pale coloured mists.

It looked like this at this stage- I had wet a piece of Kitchen towel and placed this over the mirror while I worked on the piece to protect the glass.



I had also Gesso'd (is that even a word..lol) all the wooden and metal embellishments I was going to use for my first layer.. I then laid them on the background to start my composition with a die cut as my base for the clusters 


Once I was happy with the arrangement I knew I would fill in the spaces with flowers and extras from my stash including the roses from the mood board. 


Then I got messy with lots of ink and stains...(but first I added some cheesecloth under the die cut and clusters)


At this point I really wasn't liking it at also I knew I had to make it paler as it just wasn't hitting the right notes for me at all. That is probably because I'm not a really 'pinky' type of girl at all. I much prefer Turquoise blues..but I can't make everything turquoise and even though the mood board has turquoise in it, that wouldn't have gone in my GD's room at all!  lol

So.. I started adding white acrylic paint to the whole thing. Some of the inks bled through the acrylic leaving it a much paler, prettier shade of pink and then I sponged Tim Holtz's Distress Ink, Old Paper onto my craft mat and gently added it to the edges and the highlights of the arrangements and background.

Finally, to give it a little pizazz I added some Translucent Tattered Angel spray mist over the whole thing with a tiny amount of  Tattered Anged Walnut Gold over the top too to give it a little sparkle.

Finally I am finished with it and happy.. I think it's just perfect for a little girls room don't you?

Here is the finished article again.


Do let me know what you think..

Elaine
xx








13 comments:

  1. Gessoed is technically the word you're looking for, LOL. This is a stunning piece of art - and now I have a beautiful example to make something for my gorgeous niece. Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful! Makes me wish we had a little girls bedroom to prettify!

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  3. Gorgeous Elaine. I'll definitely be buying this mirror when I go to get my frames.

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  4. Such a lovely piece Elaine. The final pale colouring is stunning.
    These mirrors are such a bargain and perfect for altering. I have one that was "Tim Holtz'd" many moons ago and it still hangs in my hallway.
    Toni xx

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  5. Stunning and yes perfect for your little granddaughters room

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  6. Lovely. I can feel an Ikea shop coming on lol...

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  7. Amazing project thanks for playing at Mixed media Place challenge

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  8. Beautiful artwork , I bet your grandaughter loves it!

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  9. Really wonderful alteration! Thank you for playing along with us at Mixed Media Place this month!

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  10. Very tender! Thank you from MMP!

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  11. Love the soft colours! Beautiful project! thank you for playing along with Mixed media Place:)xx Sylwia

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  12. Great job . Thank you for taking part in the challenge Mixed Media Place. Regards, Marta.

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  13. Thank you for your participation!! Congrats for your creation! Great idea!!!

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