Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Altered Picture Frame

Happy New Year!!!!!
Now that Christmas is over it is time to settle into the new year and create.
I was working on an altered picture frame before Christmas and I have finally completed it and will now share it with you.
I started with a very inexpensive ornate picture frame that I picked up at Ikea some time ago.  Since I never used the frame for its purpose, I decided to alter it in my favourite style - mixed media.
I started out by adhering a decorative wood frame to the centre of the frame and topped this off with a decorative oval resin frame in the centre.  I then painted the entire surface of the frame and wood pieces with black gesso.  

I began adding different embellishments, metal, flowers, glass circles, wood flowers anything I could get my hands on - starting at the centre of the oval frame and adding and tucking here and there.  To adhere everything down I used a product from Prima called "soft matte gel".  This is an amazing product - I guarantee that nothing will fall off when you use this.  I then went to the upper left corner of the actual main frame and the bottom right corner as well and added different items.  When I decided that I had added enough (you can always add more later)  I adhered micro beads here and there, even onto the centre items to give more texture.  Again I painted all the embellishments with black gesso.
I then added sprays - gold, green, blue, silver.  And lastly I did my painting here and there onto the embellishments using various colours - pink, purple, green, blue, etc.  I just kept adding here and there in areas where it needed accenting.  The main paint that I used was from Finnibair (Prima) "art alchemy" acrylic paints.  Without sounding like an advertisement - another amazing product.   Below is the final result with a couple of close-ups.

I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial.  Lots of new items will be coming your way.
Have a great week and a safe and happy new year.
"Sing and dance and make good cheer, let's make it last throughout the year."


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