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katiesays17
« on: December 07, 2003 11:04:09 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2003 06:55:16 AM »

Oooooo, very cool! How did you do it? Just decoupaged onto an existing frame?
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2003 07:06:26 AM »

Wow. Those graphics are great. What an excellent idea. Why have just a plain mirror when you can have a retro-monster-themed mirror! Yay!

Wanna give some info on how you did this?
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2003 08:37:22 AM »

They sell mirrors like that at Ikea for ubercheap -- like $2.79.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2003 10:05:06 AM »

That's fantastic!  I love Ikea mirrors!
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2003 07:19:16 PM »

Its a frame around a mirror (I blocked out the mirror to avoid glare for the photo) which I bought at IKEA for a dollar fifty or so. I collaged and decoupaged retro monster images all over it for a kitschtastic visual experience. I got the monster poster images from comic books and from a book in a series put out by Sothebys where they show old movie posters. The book ios pretty cheap - 5 bucks.
I work as an occupational therapist at a mental hospital so Im trying to kick up the funky level of the crafts we offer.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2003 07:20:43 PM »

OH! and thanks for all the compliments on it! cha cha cha.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2003 03:59:49 AM »

first, great job katie  Wink

second, maybe a stupid side note..but it just occured to me a couple days ago that u dont need to use originals for decopauging things... if u check out the local library, u can find some great stuff.. i personally found some sci fi books with a lot of images like the ones on the mirror here... u could really find anything u wanted...
and then just take it to the local copy shop and make some copies for pretty cheap... thats all
god i love libraries  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2003 08:24:06 AM »

Great idea, thewalrusisme!  I love libraries and learning how to utilize them more.  I even think it would be cool to copy images there in b/w (cheaper, too, and your $$ goes to the library) and use those.  Over xeroxed stuff has a certain charm, as does b/w.  

You could also them paint a wash over the whole thing, so you'd have a mirror border in blue & black, or red & black, or whatever... that would make it blend in a little and be a bit less wild.

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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2003 08:44:23 PM »

can you explain the paint wash? I dont understand but it sounds brilliant. libraries are cool! so cool im considering being a librarian. librarians are the new pirates. dontchaknow.
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2003 09:52:09 PM »

Agreed about librarians.  I know a few library scientists.

What I envisioned with the paint wash:  glue all the b/w pics down.  water down some paint.  paint in broad even strokes over the whole thing.  wait for it to dry, then seal/mod podge it.

Think of the wash like a glaze for a cake (vs thicker, stiffer icing).

--susan.
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2003 08:51:47 AM »

found some titles!

Here's the one I think katiesays17 must have used:
Who Goes There?
http://www.budplant.com/prod.itml?icObjectId=6450

And here's a page with more great ideas:
http://www.budplant.com/level.itml/icOid/9621

I'm talkin' 'bout a Batman Masterpieces frame!

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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2003 10:20:38 AM »

I even think it would be cool to copy images there in b/w (cheaper, too, and your $$ goes to the library) and use those.  Over xeroxed stuff has a certain charm, as does b/w.  

You could also them paint a wash over the whole thing, so you'd have a mirror border in blue & black, or red & black, or whatever... that would make it blend in a little and be a bit less wild.

Get me to the library!
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Yay for giving money to the library instead of to corporate america!!! also, would it be possible to put the paint into the actual sealant stuff?  im thinking that watered down paint might make the paper warp?  I have no idea....but just seems like excess water would do that

either way, im excited to try this after my christmas present making rush  Tongue

oh and ya, I'm a librarian of sorts, we rock!  Kiss  altho i still havent mastered that sexy tight bun thing  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2003 09:19:30 PM »

i think my next attempt might be with a bruce springsteen theme for my dad or just a wacky weirdo bizarro for whoever. thanks for explaining the wash susank
i have that righteous babe sticker in my car. cheerio!
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2003 09:35:52 PM »

I love the mirror, and just had to add to the librarian discussion.  On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the librarians at my university actually dressed like pirates!

And yes, I've been watching for months and registered just so I could say that... however, I will have a post of my own tomorrow!
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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2003 02:13:37 PM »

Aw yeah-- when I got home from work last night there was an AOL CD tin waiting on the floor... so I put all the good ideas from here to use.

See http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=42;action=display;threadid=970

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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2003 12:25:41 PM »

I love the mirror!  You know the idea about the color wash got me thinking...it got me thinking about the fliers we used to make for my band.  We would go through the "Weekly World News" (don't pretend like you've never bought one Wink )  They have some of the funniest pictures in there.  We used to cut them out and replace all of the text with the whatever info we wanted to get out and then we'd copy it onto colored paper.  We had one of Janet Reno in lingerie...a cat being swung around by his tail my a tiny mouse...and of course bat boy.  

I think that the idea could work really well for a project like this.  Clip a few pictures and headlines of the worlds fattest cat, bat boy's marriage to the dog faced girl, and a shot of a potato-chip that looks like jesus and you're set.  Since these don't come on the highest quality paper be careful not to rip 'em.  And they would probably look best with a wash of color as suggested earlier by susank.
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2003 01:32:25 AM »

that mirror is great, one done in pin up girls would rock as well
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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2003 10:40:22 AM »

I will totally admit that I buy the weekly world news on occasion. splendid idea. and being super nonbutterfingers with that flimsy newspaper too.
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2003 01:08:23 PM »

Ooooh! J'adore those Ikea mirrors, in fact, j'adore Ikea! Next christmas, my friends are getting MIRRORS!
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2003 07:35:11 AM »


What I envisioned with the paint wash:  glue all the b/w pics down.  water down some paint.  paint in broad even strokes over the whole thing.  wait for it to dry, then seal/mod podge it.

Think of the wash like a glaze for a cake (vs thicker, stiffer icing).

--susan.

I just came across something in a book about decoupage that might help people out with this idea...

they suggest putting pigments straight into the varnish

they list these colors
red : red oxide pigment
blue: prussian blue pigment
green: oxide of chromium
brown: raw umber pigment

I'm not sure where u'd get them..probably an art store... but i thought this might be useful, thats all..
peace!

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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2004 10:26:01 AM »

Thats so awesome!! I was thinking of doing the same kind of thing but with pictures of my favorite band... the beatles.... HA!! But those retro monster posters are super keen too!
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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2004 11:36:54 AM »

Love it! Here's another one with cool images, including pulp covers.
http://worldwideretro.com/freegraphics/album.cgi

I thought maybe these could be useful too.
(Most of you have probably seen all these before, but here they are anyway...)

Pin-ups:
http://freespace.virgin.net/b.mercer/
http://pin-ups.freeservers.com/index_r2.html

Some more images, older ones:
http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vimages.html
http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vie2.html
http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vie.html

Retro clip-art:
http://www.anzwers.org/free/tackorama/clipart.htm
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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2004 05:00:27 PM »

What a great idea~!  IKEA rocks.  Another idea for the mirrors... a few years ago I bought a whole stack of those mirrors and painted them as gifts for friends according to their tastes and then used two eyescrews on the top and then put ribbon in it and then put mug hooks (they look like pirate hooks with a screw on them) on the bottom.  So the mirror could be hung and serve as a storage place.  I use mine for jewerly, my sister uses her's for her keys, endless possibilities. Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2004 07:21:53 AM »

Awesome mirrors! I just bought 9 of those mirrors yesterday and was planning on decoupaging Sailor Jerry tattoo flash on them. Any tips? Did you cover up the mirror so that it didnt get glue/mod podge on it?


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« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2004 10:17:55 AM »

Wow that is so awesome I really want one now!
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« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2004 07:07:08 AM »

I NEED this! Ikea here I come!
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« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2004 11:18:45 AM »

Awesome! large bare frames are fun to decoupage. Awesome!
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