I found this great mirror at an estate sale along the blue coast of Lake Michigan.
The French mirror “after.”
When I got in the studio I wanted to do something different from the other mirrors I have painted in the past. I’ve been reading about Shelly of http://alittlebitofshizzle.blogspot.com Shelly has a unique way of layering paints and has developed a lovely “old world finish” technique and I decided to give that technique a try. Thank you Shelly for being so sharing with your methods and your very personal style!
First I masked off the glass with painter’s tape. Next I painted just the rose clusters in CeCe Caldwell’s Hershey brown. Then I painted the entire remaining frame area in ASCP Provance. The next day I lightly dry brushed the rosette areas with the Provance, letting just a tiny bit of the original gold paint show through for a touch of elegance. Then I waxed the whole mirror in ASCP dark wax and whalla.
If any of you have worked with ASCP Provance and dark wax you might know that the bright aqua turns a kind of aqua/green patina, almost like bright copper developes a lovely green Verdigris toned patina after time outside in the elements. This is exactly what I wanted for my final color.
One gorgeous French Mirror, if I do say so myself!
- Width: frame to frame 30 and ¾”
- Tall: (to tip of Fleur De Le) 28”
Thanks for reading!
Small House / Big Sky Donna