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Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

By Boiseartist

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

 I stopped by a garage sale by my house and came upon these gems. They were all wrapped up in there original plastic but had seen better days. I wound up having to throw away the actual art and the wood they were mounted on as they were moldy. 

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

But I could save the beautiful metal frames from Italy. I cleaned them up and added some white highlights.


Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

Then I tinted them with layers of transparent washes of Golden acrylics.

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

I traced the shape of the frame on paper made for acrylic paint and added a few layers of paint and tissue papers.


Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

Now what to add next? I went through my old transparencies from teaching and cut this one up.

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

and layered those on top of the collages.

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

The glass needed attention next, I cleaned and scraped off the paper that was stuck to them and added details with pen and paint. 

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

Now the fun of mixing and matching the collages with the frames and glass.


Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

A more tedious next step was cutting out new backing for all of them.


Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

I glued the cardboard in with liquid nails and glued paper over that with Elmers and then signed each one.


Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

Last, I added small embellishments and dots and flourishes a la Michael DeMeng. 

Mini Mixed Media Frame Project

Before and After


 What do you think? I sold one the next day and still have 6 available. Thanks for looking. 

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