How did she get to be 5 so fast? I can't believe she will be in school.
I wanted to get her something special for her 5th birthday, so when my friend gave me a mirror that didn't sell in her garage sale, it inspired me to create this magic mirror for the birthday girl.
Now, the evil queen's mirror really was more glam and golden than what I came up with, it was actually more like the way this mirror started out. But I was going for light and cheery, more Snow White than her stepmama.
It looks a bit messy, but its all about the layers. This is a quick process, you don't have to be an artist to smoosh some colors onto 3D flowers like these.
And messy is good. You don't need to be precise.
Over all but the yellow, I brushed another coat of light pink.
Each layer is messy and fast.
Then, I got my brush extra wet, and brushed green onto the scrolls and leaves, wiping off a bit here and there with a paper towel.
I did the same with pink on the inner rim, then made polka dots by dipping the wooden end of the paint brush into the paint and spotting it on.
(if I was doing a mirror like this for myself, not for a child, I would distress the raised areas with sand paper, then glaze over it with a brown color and wipe it off)
Then, I scrubbed at it with the stripper on my steel wool pad.
When done, I sprayed it with the garden hose to clean off the stripper.
So, I printed it on matt photo paper, and added a touch of blue to the eyes and dark pink to the lips with markers.
After that, I taped it to the back of the mirror so that it peeks through the clear spot on the glass, and replaced the back on the mirror.
This was done in a waterbased craft paint meant for glass. Read the labels of the bottles at your craft store if you want to paint on glass or a mirror. You want to make sure that it holds up to cleaning. Regular acrylic paint will wash off.
Once I give this to my fairy baby for her special day, I'll get a photo of her looking into it.
But for now, shhhh! Its a surprise!!