Friday 30 January 2015

Altered Mirror

Good Morning Crafters

Where has January gone?  
I can't believe that it will be February on Sunday.

Today we have a beautiful altered mirror tutorial by Amy.
Amy will now talk through her tutorial with you.

Materials used:

Wood framed mirror - IKEA £1.50

Embossing/texture paste
White gesso
Turquoise acrylic paint
Heat tool
Sepia ink pad
Black soot distress ink
Gold gilding wax

As soon as I saw this panel stencil, I knew it would fit perfectly on the IKEA mirror I'd bought ages ago sat waiting in my craft stash to be altered.

First I gave the mirror a coat of white gesso. 

Once dry I placed the meadow flower panel stencil on the frame & spread silver texture paste through it. It doesn't matter what colour texture paste you use as it will be painted over 

I reversed the stencil & repeated the technique on the opposite side panel of the frame. I continued to do this until the design was all over the mirror, masking & allowing drying time in between.

Next I added a coat of gesso followed by 2 coats of turquoise acrylic  paint. 

I squeezed a small amount of both gooseberry fool & blueberry ice inkadinks onto my craft mat & added a bit of water then applied it as a wash all over the mirror with a brush. 

I carefully heated the embossed areas with my heat tool to allow the paste to bubble slightly to add a bit of texture & also to dry the inkadinks.

I blended brown ink & black soot distress ink in random areas on the mirror frame & then replaced the stencil & applied black soot to the embossed flowers & leaves. 

Finally, I applied gold gilding wax, lightly at first with my finger, & then I  concentrated the wax on the flowers, leaves & edges of the mirror.

That's it, ready to hang on the wall!.

Doesn't this look fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by Today!


  1. absolutely stunning - will be trying this xx

  2. Stunning. I have two of these mirrors too and am soooo tempted to alter it, love the effect you've achieved on it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is stunning Amy, gorgeous colours. Carol x

  4. Gorgeous, great effect here, beautiful, X

  5. This is gorgeous and a great tutorial too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh my goodness Amy, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fantastic stencil you used and the finished mirror is stunning... Anne x

  7. Oh my word! this is fabulous, thank you so much for the tutorial

  8. OHHHHHHHHHHH I love these frames, such a wonderful finish...could not chose a favourite if I tried, thank you for sharing the tutorial, hugs xxx

  9. Amy, this is so wonderful!! Lovely texture effect


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