“A Day at the Shore” Framed Mirror
- Flat-framed mirror, 19”x19”
- Assorted embellishments: seashells, starfish, beach glass, sand, pebbles
sandpaper, soft cloth, old toothbrush, pencil, string, craft stick, white candle, painter’s tape, razorblade, four small plastic cups, newspaper (to cover work surface)
- Hanger of choice
- FM Dynasty Brushes: Series SC361R Round #4, Series SC361B Shader #12, Series SC361A Angle 1/4”, Series SC361ML Liner 15/0
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Bahama Blue, Bleached Sand, Khaki Tan, Oyster Beige, Raw Umber; Multi-Purpose Sealer; Wood Filler; Matte DuraGloss Varnish
- ETI Easy Cast Clear Castings Epoxy and Mixing Cup Set
- Hammerhead America Glass Bond Glue
- 1. Remove mirror from frame and set aside. Fill any large gaps at mitered corners with wood filler if needed. Let dry. Lightly sand and wipe with soft cloth. Apply multipurpose sealer to frame. Let dry. Lightly sand and wipe with soft cloth. Basecoat frame Bleached Sand until opaque. Let dry. Drybrush frame randomly Khaki Tan using shader. Let dry. Gently rub candle over drybrushing; brush off excess wax. Paint areas Bleached Sand. Let dry. Use sandpaper to gently remove topcoat to reveal distressed look. Thin Bahama Blue with water to heavy cream consistency; spatter paint frame using old toothbrush. Let dry.
- 2. Position string on frame on bottom right corner. Wrap and extend string along bottom and up right side of frame. Use pencil to trace string, creating rope line. Remove string. Doubleload round with Oyster Beige and Khaki Tan. Beginning on end of pencil line, stroke comma strokes along line. Reload brush as needed to keep comma strokes uniform in size. Occasionally wash brush, blot excess water, and reload. Add frayed ends on rope with thinned Oyster Beige using liner. Shade rope with thinned Raw Umber. Float shading randomly along one edge of rope with thinned Raw Umber using angular shader. Float touches of thinned Bahama Blue. Paint tiny fibers along rope using thinned Raw Umber and liner. Let dry. Apply several light coats of varnish; let dry.
- 3. Turn frame over on work surface. Run line of glue in channel where mirror fits into frame. Use craft stick to smooth glue. Position mirror into frame; let glue dry. Apply painter’s tape to seal gap between edge of mirror and frame. Position four cups under each corner of frame. Make sure frame is secure and level.
- 4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix 2 oz. of epoxy resin. Carefully pour resin onto mirror at corners of frame. Use craft stick to move resin around corners, creating water-like rippled waves. Press beach glass, sand, pebbles, and other embellishments in corners, closest to frame, for shoreline. Let set for 15 minutes; add seashells and starfish. Let set for 24 hours.
- 5. Turn frame over. Gently shake off loose sand or pebbles. Use razorblade to remove any stray resin drips or errors. Remove tape from back side of frame. Attach hanger if desired.
by Linda Hollander