Altered Photo Frame-- Step-by-step process

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hi Friends.

A few days back I got an order from a friend who wished to gift a hand decorated photo frame to her husband on his birthday. I jumped up at the idea of decorating the frame with some beautiful quilled flowers. But, my excitement turned into anxiety the moment she stated her requirements of "No Quilling decoration" and "No Flowers please". Instead, she requested on mixed media alteration! You see, quilling is something I'm confident about, whereas I've very limited experience with mixed media. Nevertheless, after checking out some much-needed inspiration from the internet and pondering over it, I thought why not take up this challenge that let's see how it goes !

So, here's how I altered it:-

1. I gave a coating of homemade gesso over the frame, after placing a napkin over the photo area to protect it from gesso smearing over it.

2. After the layer dried, I doodled some random dots using different colours of gelatos , followed by blending them with a finger.

3. Stamped some music notes randomly using archival black ink.
4. From the Lindy's stamp gang magical micas set-- Drink me silly, mixed the pigment powders in water in separate mini misters and used them to spray over the base.
5. Applied some Ranger's Texture paste through Kaisercraft's brick wall stencil with the help of a discarded credit card.

6. After letting it dry, sponged some memento rhubarb stalk ink over the edges of the textured wall to give it a more realistic look.
7. Since flowers were not to be used, assembled some feathers, burlap hearts, felt hearts, doily , stamped couple image and 'together' tag from the prima junkyard findings to complete the decoration.

Packed and ready to be shipped

So, how's it? I know there's a room for improvement here, and I'm going to try my hand at more  mixed media projects .

Thanks for visiting me today. Have a great day!:)


  1. You seem to be very good at Mixed Media too!!! Love the altered frame! The brick stencil with the texture paste gives such a great effect...

  2. Very created a beauty Jasleen!!
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  3. You have completly nailed it Jasleen !! Often MM bring heavy textures ..mediums n layers to my dear have brought CAS Approch in your mix media frame..highlighting the textures..letting colors to shine and petfect embellishments :))

  4. You perfectly nailed it dear..I agree with pooja..cas approach to mixed media. ... The canvas had come out gorgeous!

  5. I am so going to second everything that Pooja has said in her comment ..You have put your own perfect twist to this Mixed Media frame ...which by the way is gorgeous ..I love the CAS approach you have taken to always your work shines :)

  6. wow!! this is so pretty!! love your style, Jasleen!! very nice!!

  7. it is so beautiful Jasleen and thanks for sharing the tutorial...

  8. its lovely Jasleen. Am just now visiting blogs again after a long break. ur work was soo refreshing. its a beauty

  9. It's very wishes..


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