I've been to a few workshops since my last post and have suffered the same, if not more, exhaustion. Two were back to back, the week before treatment so you can imagine how tired I've been!
Anyhoo, onto mirrors. Every crafter worth their salt has discovered the humble Ikea mirror. Sold for around a pound, they can be altered in any number of ways and are a great substrate to use for just about any technique. They come in plain, black and red (at the moment) and I have had at least one in each colour.
I've been to two workshops that used mirrors as their basis and we learned loads of techniques around decorating the mirror.
The first one was a while ago and was a 'Ranger Techniques Mirror' and dealt with the crafting goodies produced by Ranger for Sir Tim of Holtz, Suze Weinberg and Claudine Hellmuth.
First we painted the mirror using Claudine Hellmuth paint. I chose blue, while everyone else seemed to choose light colours. Then Lynn showed us how to pour UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) into molds, and onto stamps with a memory frame on top to create a framed piece of textured UTEE. As I wobble, Lynn poured mine for me and as you can see the results are fantastic! Once solidified, I dusted Perfect Pearls over the top to accent the texture.
Then we all chose an image from a pile of pages Lynn had printed out from various free image sites. I chose a lovely lady and used Sticky Back Canvas to transfer the image using the technique Lynn had used during the Open Day (see previous post). I left some of the 'lint' from the back of the paper on the image as I liked the way it looked!
Then Lynn showed us how to stamp on Sticky Back Canvas using Golden Gel Medium as a resist and painting over it with a wash to bring out the resisted image. Unfortunately I just couldn't get my stamping to resist. I did everything right and tried 3 times (even with Lynn watching me) and I still couldn't do it. Absolutely no explanation. I will try it again. So Lynn had to give me one she had done.
I finished it off using fragments over stamped images, some alcohol inked and some sprockets and gears.
Next to the sprockets and gears is a UTEE flower made from a mold (made with mold 'n' pour) from an ornate button.
And finally the finished mirror. Excuse the view of my spice rack in the mirror. Its really difficult to get good light without things reflecting in the mirror!
The next mirror is done with wax. This was in a workshop done last week called 'Waxing the Melt Pot Way'.