Monday, April 25, 2011

Collaging With Metal

Hi  everyone!  I  hope  your    Easter weekend  was  as  enjoyable  as  ours---more  dreary  weather--but  that's  okay---it  was  all  good.

I've  been  embossing  metal  again,  but  this  time  I  tried  something  a  little  bit  different--more  of  a  collage  with  the  embossed  metal  being  one  of  the  elements  along  with  scrapbook   papers and  stamped  images  on  a  little  bit  larger  scale.   BTW,  if  anyone  is  interested  on  how  I  do  this,  I  do  have  a  couple  of  tutorials  on  my  blog  about  embossing.   You  can  go  HERE  or  HERE.   I  pretty  much  cover  everything  on  how  I  emboss  metal  using  different  techniques.

Here's  my  latest  pieces--

































Both  of  these  pieces  are  on  these--


I  found  these  2  oblong  mirrors (about  5 x 12 inches)  at  a  garage  sale  last  year  for  a  total  of  a  $1.00.   You  can  always  repurpose  these  frames  for  any  type  of  art--don't  discard  them!   And  then  what  I  did  was  cut  the  piece  of  metal  to  fit  into  the  insert  of  the  frame.

                                                    
I  planned  my  design  beforehand,  so  I  just  embossed  the  part  of  the  metal  that  would  be  showing,  and  then  I  just  adhered  the  papers  right  onto  the  non-embossed  metal--



         Very  easy--the  metal  is  just  like  any  surface  when  you  use  gel  medium  on  it.   And  it  adheres to the mirror with  no  problem.

And  then  for  the  frame,   I  wanted  to  give  it  the  look  of  peeled  paint  but  I  wanted  it  to  have  the  texture  which  is  very  easy  when  you  heat  the  wet  paint  with  a  heat  gun--


I  did  this  on  the  corners  of  the  frames  with  a  metallic  bronze  paint--the  paint  will bubble  up  which  makes  for  great  texture!

These  pieces  came  together  rather  quickly,  and  I  really  like  how  the  embossed  metal  adds  to  a  collage--so  try  it!   It's  easy!!

41 comments:

Heavens2Betsy said...

These are jawdroppingly gorgeous. When I first saw them as a thumbnail size photo I thought they were actual doors into a room. Wouldn't that be fantastic! Having come for a close up look and being able to see all the fabulous detail I'm even more awestruck. Very clever too. Penny

NatashaMay said...

These are amazing! And I love how you see potential art in everything. :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Brilliant, magnificent and awesome! xxoo

soraya nulliah said...

Oh! I love these!!! You are right...the metal really adds a punch! thanks so much for sharing this...you make it seem very doable! Will have to experiment! -Soraya

Healing Woman said...

You have created such a rich effect here. I just love the results of your efforts. You say it is easy but it looks like you labored for weeks on it! Did you use acrylic on the faces for the see through effect-love the way you can see the background through the face. Girl on the right is my favorite...so soft looking.

rachel awes said...

diane, your soul is a treasure chest. these are such reflections!
riches upon riches shine out of you. thank you for showing them to us. BEAUTIFUL. xoxox

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

I always love how you use these old stuff to create new art ! And your metal embossing, I really must try some day, it is totally gorgeous ! Thanks for sharing!

Becca said...

Wow, these are beautiful Diane! I have to go to work now, but I'll be back to watch your tutorial!

Marlene said...

Gorgeous, I like the texture of the metal with the other elements, very cool use of old mirrors.

Buffy said...

Its so neat how you always use old pieces and recycle them into beautiful pieces of art! I love that. Love the bubble effect of paint on the frames too. Beautiful work.

jennifer said...

These are both so beautiful - you are so inspiring! Every time I pop by here my fingers itch to go and make things! x

Janine said...

OMG! Diane these are fantastic! I was wondering how you did the collage and stamping when I saw the picture on FB! Now I will go check out your tutorial! Thank you for sharing your work it is so beautiful!

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane, these are amazing!! I am always surprised and excited when I stop by your blog! You always try so many new things and are so willing to share your never ending knowledge with us!

Hugs!

tina kirk said...

Diane , these are amazing! You are so talented, thanks for sharing!

Deb Harvey said...

Both pieces are amazing! I love the look of embossed metal and have wanted to try it. Thank you, so much, for sharing the information.

Me and Bis said...

These repurposed mirrors are spectacular! Love what you did with them,so unique. Thanks for the "How-to" also.

kluless said...

Beautiful, as always, and I especially like the way you extended the art onto the frame with the bubbled paint and lace. It gives an "ancient" vibe that I find very attractive.

Bren said...

You have a way of making the most beautiful pieces seem easy. Love how these turned out, the effects on the frames themselves is really eye catching. I'm off to check out your tutorials :-)

Hanni said...

Wow, these pieces are just great! It looks so complicated, I just love them!

Kristin said...

Wow! That is so cool! I love your creativity and originality - you are always such a wonderful source of inspiration! Thank you and I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend, xo

Holly Loves Art said...

Truly gorgeous Diane! Wow! You make anything you desire come to life!

Marlynn said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Diane! Love your metal work, I just happen gotten into that and I would probably become obsessed with it. So, how long do you think Rob is going to last. AND, is it possible that Philip will take it all.... pink faded shorts and all. Thank God we can't see the family jewels. chuckle

Emakesart said...

These are amazing!!!!! WOW!! I love working with metal, how fun!!!

And thanks for your compliment on my flower journal page... I do want to tear it out and frame it, but I made the mistake of making it on the back of another page that I love!! Ooops!! Lesson learned!!

xoE

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so impressed with these pieces. I love how you laid it all out ahead of time. I know it came together easily for you, but I can't seem to make things work that way for me. I love all the detail you put into these.

Amelia said...

these look amazing and I definitely love re-purposing frames. There is a great carboot sale near me each weekend and it's great to go and have a good look around.

Amelia.x

sharon said...

These are so amazing Diane! You have such an incredible way of jam packing so many beautiful things into one! Gorgeous!

a soul soiree said...

wow...amazing!

mojca - mka said...

fantastic!!!

Ophelia said...

So very gorgeous!!

Lesley said...

Oooo I love these Diane and have watched your tutorials. Thank you.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Very cool!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Diane,
These are purely gorgeous!! A few months ago, my husband bought me a Cricut machine and also metal to emboss with all the embossing tools...ask if I've had time to do any of it yet!! Nope! lol I LOVE your creations--they are perfection....truly perfection.
XO
Cindy

Dorthe said...

Dear Diane, they are fabolous,both- what a beautiful work- what fantastic collages- love the embossed metal- and all your bits and pieces brought together to those two fantastic pieces.
And thank`s dear fro the -how to....
Hugs,Dorthe

Heather Henry said...

So, every time you do something, I love it more and more. These are fabulous, actually more than fabulous, I so wish I could come do a workshop with you! I have yet to get a moment to even think about doing a mixed media collage, but I'm hoping for the opportunity soon. Wow!!!! I love your style, it's so fantastic.

Rosie said...

Fantastic and inspirational! I particularly like how you've used lace ... so now I need a frame!

Nessa said...

thanks for you comment on my blog
i love your style too
love from belgium
nessa

Jonny J Petros said...

hi Diane--I love this piece-Its so beautifuly put together I love the face you used with the words and roses its so soft-that embossing the metal is so neat every inch of this piece is awesome!!!Sincerely,Jonny

Dawn said...

Diane you never cease to amaze me, your talent has no limits....again you are an inspiration xxx

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Diane! These are phenomenal!!!! I so especially love the one on the right. Thank you for sharing these beauties!!! Theresa

Sunny Lee said...

Hi Diane, it' has been a while that I visited my artist friends blogs~ You have created many more beautiful paintings!!!!!!!~ LOve them!!!!!!!!!!! I'll come more often~ Enjoy your weekend :)

wanda miller said...

XOXOXO!!!!

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