Saturday, June 25, 2016

Steampunk Mirror Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie!

Hello and welcome!! I have the honor of hosting the Saturday Step by Step at the Frilly and Funkie Blog today! My projects always feature pretty papers, bows, and pearls, but I'm breaking loose and changing it up a little bit. We can blame the amazing ladies on funkie team for this. I've been seduced by the funkie side! 

It all started with this flea market hand mirror and a pile of Prima metals and findings from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. 

Two coats of Prima Heavy Gesso are applied to the mirror. Stippling the gesso on the face of the mirror adds a textured effect. Once the mirror is dry I have an opportunity to play around with the metal embellishments for a general idea of where I will place a sentiment stamp. Next the metals get a coat of Prima Heavy Gesso and are set aside to dry. I forgot to take a photo of this step, but applying gesso and watching it dry is a little tedious, so I'm thinking you'll forgive me. 

Now for some fun! Several Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Lindsay's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays provide gorgeous color. I just spray randomly until I like the way it looks. The stains take on a less vibrant tone as the pieces dry. I'm loving purple and green right now. I'll leave a full list of all the stain colors at the bottom of the post. 

The sentiment is embossed using Lindsay's Stamp Gang embossing powder. The color in the jar appears purple, but surprisingly it is more of a burgundy on my project. While working with the mirror, most of the 'u' in the word 'you' chipped off. My choices are to start over or live with the chipped letter. I'm letting go of perfectionism (just this once!) and living with it. 

All of the stains are water reactive, so it's necessary to add a protective barrier with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Even the moisture from the Multi Medium moves the color around a bit. It's no problem. Just pick up some of the desired stain on a brush along with some Multi Medium and touch up the areas that need it. Once the Multi Medium is applied the colors appear bolder, more the way they look when they are wet. 

With everything colored, stamped, and sealed I can arrange and glue down the metals. Ranger Multi Medium Matte works perfectly for adhering most of the embellishment. I had to use a hot glue gun for a couple really stubborn pieces. Below are some photos of the finished piece. 


Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek at my altered mirror! It's a departure from my usual style, but so much fun to create. I wish you a day of sunshine, happiness, and delightful crafty endeavors! 



  1. Totally Exquisite Nancy , i am in awe of your work.
    God Bless
    Elaine H X

  2. Gorgeous! I love the colors and all that yummy steampunk in one place! Your photos are phenomenal!

  3. I love doing this kind of mixed media, I haven't used some of the products you did and I love your result, thanks for showing us something different. I think you mirror is stunning, I love it!

  4. Oh my goodness! This is so fun and creative and whimsical and drop dead gorgeous! Thanks for a wonderful step out and fabulous inspiration!

  5. Oh My Goodness Gracious!!! Nancy, this is absolutely DIVINE in every sense of the word! Purple is my favorite color so this REALLY grabs me even more! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and so innovative! LOVE it!

  6. Nancy, you have nailed this altered art thing! Your arrangement is perfect and colors look AMAZING! I was certain I was reading the post wrong at Frilly and Funkie, thinking there must be a typo. I love your funkie side; you should do it more often! Big hugs!

  7. AMAZING!!!! Wow, I just love all the beautiful pieces and the colors..just gorgeous! Outstanding job on this!
    Sherrie K