Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birds In Painted Frame And A Plea To Noreply Bloggers!

Today I want to share a fun project I did, but first I have a plea to noreply bloggers. You may be one and not even realize it.

I've been getting a lot of wonderful comments from noreply bloggers recently. I used to try to chase them down to reply, but as my readership has grown I just don't have the time to do this anymore. That makes me sad as I do want to personally respond to your comments.

Are you a noreply blogger?  If you recently switched to a Google+ identity rather than blogger, you probably are. If your comments have dropped off suddenly, you probably are.

You would think this woud be an easy fix.  I spent half an hour trying to find out how to change the setting.  It is crazy how difficult Google has made it.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, I found this excellent tutorial on how to check to see if you are a noreply blogger, and if so, how to fix it. Robin at Fluster Buster has graciously allowed me to link to her tutorial here.

Please do me a favor and check it out, because I really love my readers, and appreciate each and every comment.  I do want to respond to you!

Okay, on to my project. I teased you with this picture a couple weeks ago, planning to post the finished product right away, but when I did, I didn't like it, so I started over.

I found this lovely frame at a thrift store recently.  I love the detail and the oval shape.  The glass, however, was not glass, but plexiglass, and was badly scratched.  Replacing a piece of oval glass is expensive!

So I decided to do something different.  First I primed my frame.

Next I used gold metallic paint to cover the area between the raised detail.

After that dried I used sapphire blue metallic paint over the gold, leaving a narrow rim of gold on each side.

As you can see, it's not perfect.  It didn't need to be as I was going to add another layer.

After that dried I brushed on a couple layers of gesso, wiping back most of it each time.  This is what I ended up with.

 I just love the way the frame turned out.  

I think the frame by itself would be lovely on the wall, but I decided to cover the plexiglass. It can always be removed to enjoy just the frame anyway.   

I printed off my script background first using this image from The Grapics Fairy. I lightened the image up by lowering the color density setting on my printer first.

I ran it back through the printer with this image, also from The Graphics Fairy. I did not lighten this one.

Sorry, I didn't get pictures of the process, but it was pretty simple.  I used a little of the sapphire blue metallic acrylic paint mixed with water to wash the image lightly.  While it was still wet, I spritzed a little walnut ink on, blending it a little and letting it be a little heavier in a couple of areas.

I let that dry overnight, then used mod podge to glue it to the front of the plexiglass.  You could also glue it to the back, but mine was scratched, plus I wanted to add some dimension to the front.  I just glued the whole sheet to the front, being careful that it wasn't crooked on the glass.  When it was dry, I trimmed the excess paper off.

Then came the dimensional part of this project.  I added a chain, using a necklace bail, and a connector to create the look of the cage hanging from the top of the frame.  I used a small dab of E6000 under each connector.

I really love how this turned out.  This one is available in my Etsy shop.  You can bet I'll be turning some more frames into dimensional art too ;)

Until next time keep craftin' n smilin'!

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  1. Deborah- That turned out really, really great. LOVE the color and it image inside the frame! Thank you for addressing the NoReply blogger. I used to track everyone downa and tell them. Like you, I no longer have time to do it every time. Some people CHOOSE to be NoReply and that's okay but I wish I knew that up front sometimes. Hope you have a great day- xo Diana

  2. What a great job you did turning that frame into a piece of art!


  3. Oh my goodnes....
    This is so beautiful, it took my breath away!!!!
    I'm glad that you shared the process of it, because with the first photo, I went " How did she achieve this look?"( I knew right away it was with gesso though!)
    And the just love love love your creation:)

    Have a great rest of the week,Deborah!!

  4. That's turned out beautiful Deborah! I love it!!

  5. Deborah,

    You did a fantastic job with that frame - you have made it truly beautiful!

    Well done!!

  6. It's beautiful! I'm so glad I've found smart people like you. :)


  7. Your work is so beautiful. Love every single of your posts. Your tutorials are also easy to follow and very informative.

  8. I love it and thanks for sharing how you did this. Guess I better pick up some gesso. I seem to have a thing for frames and I pick them up whenever I find a good deal. I'm going to try this!

  9. Wow, it's gorgeous, Deborah! I have a big ol' stack of frames and I've gotten tired of making bulletin boards. :)

  10. You are a gifted woman. I just say WOW. I will be back for more.

  11. Wow, gorgeous! You did such a good job ;)
    Jamie @

  12. hello Deborah, Thank you for your visit and invite. I just shared my trash to treasure mirror at What We Accomplish Wednesday. :)

    I am crazy about oval frames, and yours is just lovely! Love that colour and the bird image!

    Wishing you a happy and creative weekend.

  13. Beautiful job on this frame! Love the sweet birdie and french background too. Just fabulous! Catherine

  14. Your frame turned out amazing and the graphics you framed are so pretty.

  15. Deborah what a beautiful frame you did. Turned out so nice. Keep up the good work. Then you turn around and sell it? I would have a hard time doing that. Andi

  16. Wonderful project for using an old frame.

  17. That is SO GORGEOUS!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!


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