Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Hello,

I wanted to make a little mirror I had into a cute St. Patrick's Day themed decoration..  I went to my go-to Graphics location, thegraphicsfairy.com and printed off a sweet shamrock illustration.

I chose this because I wanted to be able to display it year round.  I didn't want  leprechauns or pots of gold.  So here are the steps I took using my wonderful Van Gogh Paint. 

The idea I had was to create a stencil using the graphic, painters tape, a sharp blade, Van Gogh paint and 2 Paint Pens.  

Select the two items.  I used a small mirror and this graphic.

Select the two items.  I used a small mirror and this graphic.

Using blue painters tape, tape the entire surface pressing down firmly as you go.  You're going to cover most of the mirror.

Using blue painters tape, tape the entire surface pressing down firmly as you go.  You're going to cover most of the mirror.

Now, tape the graphic in place.  It's a good idea to have a second copy on hand for reference later when you start painting.

Now, tape the graphic in place.  It's a good idea to have a second copy on hand for reference later when you start painting.

Take a very sharp blade and start cutting out the design.  You're going through the paper and the tape using enough pressure to go through these without damaging the mirror. What I did was cut around the whole design but only removed the tape around the shamrock. Then I  painted the shamrock and let it dry.  I later went back and removed the tape for the bow and painted it.  I did not cut out the lettering because I chose to add something different

Take a very sharp blade and start cutting out the design.  You're going through the paper and the tape using enough pressure to go through these without damaging the mirror. What I did was cut around the whole design but only removed the tape around the shamrock. Then I  painted the shamrock and let it dry.  I later went back and removed the tape for the bow and painted it.  I did not cut out the lettering because I chose to add something different

I cut out the red bow but did not remove the blue tape until after the shamrock was painted and dry.

I cut out the red bow but did not remove the blue tape until after the shamrock was painted and dry.

Keep one side of the graphic taped in place creating a hinge so that it is perfectly aligned as you're working. This way you can check your progress and not have to realign over and over, it stays in place with this hinge trick.

Keep one side of the graphic taped in place creating a hinge so that it is perfectly aligned as you're working. This way you can check your progress and not have to realign over and over, it stays in place with this hinge trick.

After I painted the large parts with Van Gogh, I removed all the tape and went in with Paint Pens to add the finer details.  Notice that the black is a medium tip and the gold is fine tip. I traced around all the edges with black then went back in and added the gold. Be patient here and have some scrap paper on hand to clean up pen tips as you go.  I bought these at Hobby Lobby, they really bring the project to life.

After I painted the large parts with Van Gogh, I removed all the tape and went in with Paint Pens to add the finer details.  Notice that the black is a medium tip and the gold is fine tip. I traced around all the edges with black then went back in and added the gold. Be patient here and have some scrap paper on hand to clean up pen tips as you go.  I bought these at Hobby Lobby, they really bring the project to life.

It turned out really cute.  I tried to photograph it without showing the reflection. I added "Lucky You"  because I thought that would be a more year-round saying.  I just free handed these letters.  I didn't want to get too fussy with cutting around letters.  

It turned out really cute.  I tried to photograph it without showing the reflection. I added "Lucky You"  because I thought that would be a more year-round saying.  I just free handed these letters.  I didn't want to get too fussy with cutting around letters.

 

Here it is hanging on the wall.  So cute!!

Here it is hanging on the wall.  So cute!!

I love using mirrors in unusual places around the house.  I can picture this one in a bathroom or

foyer, guest room or kitchen.  Be careful when cleaning once you've painted a mirror. Using harsh chemicals will strip the paint.  I just use a soft cloth for dusting and it works out great.

Enjoy making a cool project of your own!

Bernadette