Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Embossing Metal

So  that's  what  I've  been  doing  this  week.  I've  put  it  on  another  mirror.   I  don't   know  what's  harder--getting  a  decent  photo  of  the  embossed  metal  or  trying  to  get  a  good  shot  of  a  mirror.   I  think,  the  metal  is  harder.   It's  like  the  camera  just  has  a  problem  with  the  reflective  shiny  metal--I  don't  know.   I  just  don't  like  how  these  photos  turned  out---it's  definitely   much  better  in  person!   So  what  I  did  was  make  small  pieces  like  I  usually  do  and  then  put  them all  together  on  the  mirror  frame.

These  are   probably  my  most  favorite  techniques  that  I  do  on  metal--stamp  and  paint  with  regular  acrylic  paint.   And  I  went  a  little  steampunk  style  with  the  combination  of  old  watch  parts  and  Tim  Holtz  embellishments--

And  using  my  Graphic  45  Steampunk  papers


I  also  like  using  the  paper  punches  on  the  metal--

...punch  just  like  paper!!  (arrggh!!  terrible  shot  of  this---but  I  was  tired  of  fighting  with  the  camera!)

And  the  finished  mirror--(with  some  wax  paper  to  get  rid  of  my  reflection  : )


....best  I   could  do--added  to  the  fact  that  our  days  have  been  very  dark  and  dreary  here.   If  I  waited  for  a  bright  day,  it  would  be  a  while  before  I  get  better  photos.   The  weather  for  the  rest  of  the  week  is  the  same  everyday--cloudy,  rainy  and  in  the  40's  to  50's---not  having  a  very  nice  Spring  this  year!

51 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

Gorgeous metal art Diane! I love it; the mirror frame is amazing!

We are in the drearies here,too, and the forecast for next few days - same. This has been a very disappointing Spring! xxoo

Bren said...

Extraordinary piece, love all the smaller pieces coming together to make the whole. Understand your camera frustrations, but the piece still looks amazing.

Lesley said...

This is SO lovely Diane. There is so much detail I could look and look and still find new things to admire.

Spring here has been unusually gorgeous so I expect we've got some of your good weather.

Hope it warms up for you soon.

Lesley x

Cori Lynn Berg said...

These are soooo cool. I wish i lived where you do shows so i could see them in person.

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! Another set of great work. I love the embellishments you used.

Buffy said...

Beautiful mirror,I love seeing all the details in your work! Theres always so much to look at. Love it.

NatashaMay said...

I'm loving this metal embossing. You put your twist on everything you do and it's amazing!

roc said...

beautiful work!

Healing Woman said...

This is a great mirror. I particularly like the look of the girl on the left and embellishments surrounding her.

Ohio weather...well...I won't say it. I remember only too well waiting for summer!

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane I can always count on you to share something new that I have never seen before! This is great! Love it! I think it is gorgeous!! So much to look at!

We have dreary weather here too. I always struggle with getting good photos of my art. It can be quite frustrating!

Yours are lovely! :)

Janet Ghio said...

This is really fabulous! Wish I could see it in person.

bes53913 said...

Beautiful and inspiring! The problem with looking at what everyone's doing, I want to go try it ALL right now!

jgr said...

Diane, your metal framed mirror is GORGEOUS!
Such yummy texture and detail-WOW!
I hope you get some pretty weather soon.

Janine said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful! I think the photos are fine! OMG! All that work! So lovely!

Isabel said...

It looks awesome!!! It is a mirror that Pier 1 would carry!!!:O) Great work!!!!

Zondra Art said...

Great and very beautiful work Diane!

Gloria said...

Wow Diane! You are just learning every thing in different medias. Just love all your embellishments and how you've framed the mirror with all your touches. Excellent work. I love it! Congrats on job well done! HooHah!!:)

tina kirk said...

Diane, Look your embossed pieces. Very beautiful!

Tammie said...

Diane,
This is gorgeous, it will be a fabulous piece in someones home!

Me and Bis said...

May be dreary there(weatherwise) but you most definitely have perked things up with your embossed metal!!! Wow! its beautiful and came together so perfect for the frame. Just LOVE it! So unique.

Rebecca Anthony said...

I love that you are always trying new things! This metal embossing is very cool!!

Valerie said...

Diane, these are so beautiful, with extraordinary depth. If they look better in person, it must be exquisite.

Kay said...

I love these!!! I think your mirror photo turned out nicely..great idea to use the wax paper! I didn't know you are in Erie, PA. My hubby is from Newcastle and I am from Akron, Ohio and we spent our youth on Lake Erie..one of my most favorite places on earth. So we moved to Erie when I was pregnant with #1 son to be closer to parents and family. Shane was born there in 1980 but we moved back to Utah in 1982. The winters were so foul and I was fighting bad cases of SAD. Now it is gloomy here this spring! Normally we are getting heat and lovely sun....

Lynn said...

the final finished mirror frame is a huge WOW for me! Simply wonderful in all ways!

kluless said...

Your mirror turned out beautiful! I especially like the steampunk touch. That is a genre of choice with me.
We FINALLY got some dry days here in Portland but still cold. We have only had a couple days when we even made it to 60 - BOO!

Nelly said...

These are awesome. I love how the paint looks on the metal. Love the bird and the swirls and the color, just everything.

Julia Christie said...

Gorgeous!!! I just love this piece! You are so amazingly creative - I always leave inspired!

Smiles

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Really lovely, Diane! All the details and the gorgeousness! So inspiring!

rebecca's rainbow kisses said...

Dear Diane,
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your work is amazing. I am in awe at what you do. I suppose I am a hands-on kind of gal but, looking at your work, I want to bow my arms towards you and say, "Wow! You are the queen when it comes to embossing metal". I know what you mean about cameras not capturing the true color or essence of a piece of art. I'm loving your work! I love the steampunk look. You go girl!
It's rainy here too (Mass). I look forward to the sunny, crisp days of spring.

Judys Fiber Art said...

Love the designs. Love steampunk. Just great stuff.

Donna said...

What a great mirror, metal art is something I would like to try. I will be coming back that way from Florida in four weeks hope the weather gets better!!
Donna

Luthien said...

it's so beautiful! i dunno why you are complaining!! love all the detailing and man ... i can imagine the work that must have gone in!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

My goodness, Diane - this is just soooo gorgeous. We've had dreary weather this week, too. The sun peeked out late this afternoon, finally. But by then, I was busy making dinner and doing kitchen stuff. Bah! Theresa

Heather Henry said...

Absolutely love this piece. Steampunk is one of my favorite styles. I love all of the amazing details you put into it. You are so talented and have such an artistic eye for everything you do. I am in awe!!

rachel awes said...

GORGEOUS!!!
what a reflection
to remind
of the beauty
in the middle!
xox

Peggy said...

Diane, this is gorgeous. So many little details to look at, LOVE it :o)

Joyfulploys said...

Love this mirror frame...all the details!!! I think your camera caught the essence of the piece. Waiting for spring here too. We have had some warm days scattered in every other day or so.
Mary

Erin Butson said...

Oh my gosh, this is really awesome Diane. really, really awesome.i feel your camera pain! it's neverendign for me, but it still looks amazing

Cameron said...

Your posts are always a delight! You create like you never leave your studio!! How do you do it??

This really is wonderful, Diane!!

rebeca trevino said...

Diane! this is terrific!
can you tell me / us how you did it?
it just lovely. you should do a tutorial, and show us how you did this.

do you teach workshops?

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW!!! This is beyond gorgeous, Diane!!!

Wishing you a Happy Easter filled with joy~

xo
Cindy

Patience said...

What a entrancing piece -- the detail is amazing, well done...!

wanda miller said...

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS....!!!
i didn't know this was all one piece till i ARRIVED at THAT photo! this is SO INCREDIBLY beautiful and UNIQUE, diane! i would never look at myself in that mirror, getting carried away with the WONDROUS DETAILS!
a prayer is sent your way for el SOL to show up...i so know what ya' mean! HAPPY EASTER, dear FRIEND! xoxoxo

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Awesome! It's amazing what terrific things you come up with! Patsy from
HeARTworks

joanna said...

Beautiful work Diane! Have a wonderful Easter :)

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness! It is stunning! I bet you do well with your mirrors in shows! They are just something special. And I love that little blue bird above too.
HAPPY EASTER my friend, xo

Lorraine said...

wow this is excellent love all the details..have a great easter and hope the weather picks up

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, your embossed mirror project looks amazing! i love it!

Lovey said...

SO very beautiful...you are the best! Blessings my Friend! Happy Easter!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Diane,
Happy Easter!!! I love this gorgeous art--it is spectacular!

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday.

XO
Cindy

Melisa said...

gorgeous!!!

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