Mirrors have always fascinated me since I was a little girl. I remember watching tv shows and movies where someone could be transported to another reality – another world – just by looking in. They could be ornate, simple, or even enchanted. My favorites were the ones that were ornate and enchanted. Some of them even had creatures that would come alive and crawl out of them. I wanted to create one of these mirrors. And who knows maybe it will take me away.
Mixed Media Mirror
Mixed Media Mirror Instructions
To start this project, get a handheld mirror from a big box store. I have a box of miscellaneous odds and ends. Using some Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Medium, I attached all types of items from this box including plastic bugs, bats, buttons and chipboard pieces. You will want to make sure you are laying your items and applying the medium-thick so that it will hold your products onto the mirror. The best way to ensure a solid hold is to let it dry for a few days. Before it was completely dry I sprinkled ultrafine glitter to add a bit of sparkle to the project.
After everything was completely dry I dry brushed some acrylic paint in a few different shades to give it a blended look. I layered and blended my colors of copper, black, yellow, orange, and purple. Lastly, I rubbed some gold and white waxes onto areas to highlight.
On the mirror, I wanted to create an ethereal look, so I layered a piece of the Brutus Monroe Designer Toner Sheets – Webbed, clear and the Brutus Monroe Transfer Sheets – Gold Static and ran it through my Minc twice on setting layer 4. You do want to make sure to put a piece of cardstock under the clear toner sheet or it can be eaten by the machine.
Next, I traced my mirror so that I would have the shape I was going to cover. Then I used a sharpie to mark what needed to be cut away to fit inside the mirror. I die cut out a few spiders and, using Zots – small, adhered tiny googly eyes to them. To attach the spiders and a little metal title piece, I used the Zots – Medium and some foam squares to give them also a layered look.
In the end, I am pretty pleased with how this mirror came out. It definitely lets my imagination run away.
Brutus Monroe Designer Toner Sheets – Webbed, clear
Brutus Monroe Transfer Sheets – Gold Static
Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Medium
Zots Adhesive Dots – Small
Zots Adhesive Dots – Medium
Mirror and assorted goodies (check the dollar stores in your area! Or just clean out your kid’s toys bins!)