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 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..



  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!

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

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

  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

  5. Stunning and yes perfect for your little granddaughters room

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

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

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

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

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

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