The look: framed art, accented with a mirrored mat.
The big idea: just stick some art to a mirror.
Wow. That's a short tutorial. Let's see if I can fancy it up a little. You might try a couple of different methods:
I used double-stick tape, but you could also use earthquake wax (at least, that's what we call it around here). It's that sticky stuff you use to secure your fragile, tippy Ming vases and Faberge eggs.
I recently received the gift of a print by Seattle artist Susanne Kelly; it's from a painting of hers that I have loved (and coveted) for many years. Didn't have a frame for it. What to do?
I took this basic mirror, which was under my bed communing with the dust bunnies:
I double-stick-taped Susanne's print to the mirror...
There's just something about that tiny reflective rim around the painting that sparks up the simple frame. It's subtle, doesn't take any focus away from the painting - but when you walk past, there's a teeny *bling* of moving glitter that I heart!
I love my print, dearest Susanne, thank you so much.
Here's the same idea with a thrift store mirror and a poster from the annual horse fair in Carmona, Spain:
I also tried one with a black-and-white photo. This one has a much wider mirrored rim, and I like that effect, too.
Notes: The wax would work great to hold something heavier or three dimensional. It might leave a little stain, so avoid using it on thin paper. And yes, the tape and wax are semi-permanent. A good thing, in case I need one of those mirrors again someday. But if you're thinking they won't hold very long, think again. That tape holds forEVAH. And nearly everything in my house has been earthquake-waxed tight since 1994. I lived a mile from the epicenter of the Northridge quake, and learned my lesson the hard way.
Thanks for being patient with my little no-brainer project. I promise the next tutorial will be grievously difficult, with a dozen steps, advanced math, and some hellish diagrams.
Or not. Hee.
BTW, Ms. Kelly has a beautiful website whereon you can see her paintings and woodcuts. Don't miss the happiness of checking her out! (The woodcuts are particularly wowser.)