“Embellish it”

That’s what Diane wants us to do this week, at Mixed Media Monday. I haven’t shown this before on my blog but I have had this frame sitting in a drawer upstairs for at least 12 months. I had altered the thing slightly and it just needed an image adding to complete it, ready for the November Craft Fair. Lazy me, couldn’t be bothered, didn’t feel inspired, whatever the reason, it stayed where it was, unloved, stuffed in a drawer.

I have been trying to reorganise my creative space(s) recently and am making quite a good job of moving things around… not precisely decluttering, but trying to, without chucking anything out. *grins* 😉

I got out this resin frame, with the leaves and textures and decided the void would look cool filled with Polyfilla (spackle), stamped into and perhaps painted and highlighted. I’ve done similar things with canvas in the past and they looked good, so maybe it’d work here too. Besides, the stuff I use takes a mere 10-15 minutes to dry – always a bonus to somebody as impatient as me! Look what happened:

... my (blue) day...

For those of you who like this – it is so easy to do. Honest! I have used only acrylic paints – all by Reeves or Boldmere – Ultramarine blue, Violet, Lamp black and Silver. I mixed the blue and violet on the frame itself – it’s just how I paint stuff – and then rubbed the silver and black over where I wanted more accents, using my finger. I used a small watercolour brush to add a little silver to the words (PM foam stamps I got over a year ago).

** The void I filled by squeezing the paste from the tube, is about 2″ square, and the whole thing is approx. 6″ x 4″.

I suppose at some point during the winter, I might have a go at filming the process and sticking it up on Youtube, just so you can see how simple this is to do. Such a difference from the nasty resin frame I started out with and it now sits in plain view in our lounge!!

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  1. johanna

     /  August 16, 2010

    it looks so great!! wonderful texture…
    and i´m looking forward to your video:)

  2. It’s really a great creation.
    Love the texture and the colors.

  3. Gorgeous piece Rosie, love the blue/violet colors and the texture is fantastic, great work.

  4. Clever idea Rosie. It took me a moment to figure out what you had done, but then I had a little round of applause. Love the magical feel to it.

  5. barnie

     /  August 16, 2010

    Wow, Rosie, that’s breathtaking. Fantastic texture and colours.

  6. B

     /  August 16, 2010

    I love the texture and the color–fantastic!

  7. fantastic tecture – and what a great piece!!!

  8. Great piece

  9. What a gorgeous work!!

  10. oh wow!!! what a wonderful piece Rosie!!! the dimension is so neat!!! wow!!!

  11. amy

     /  August 17, 2010

    really COOL! I love the most cool colors too..love the silver touches

  12. Oh, yes – I love this! I would love to see your technique on YouTube – it really is striking! Kristin xo

  13. This is fabulous!

  14. Hi Rosie…This is such a cool technique. I’m so glad someone else is on an organizing/discovery journey besides me. I keep finding things to finish too! Anyway I do love this…I just bought some plaster to play with, maybe I’ll figure out a fun way to use it like you did…Smiles, Nan

  15. i love the colour and texture in this piece.. the leaves look very detailed

  16. Glenda

     /  August 18, 2010

    Wow, and thanks for sharing how you did it…

  17. mixedmediamonday

     /  August 20, 2010

    Wow, Rosie – you achieved a wonderful result! I want some of that Polyfilla – especially as it dries so quickly! Diane


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