Paint an Acrylic Accent Mirror

Frame a small mirror with a creatively painted Aspen tree scene.

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Painter Amy Stoner of Portland, Ore., demonstrates how to paint an acrylic nature scene she calls "Evening Aspen" to frame a small mirror.

Materials Needed:

  • 11-1/4" x 11-1/4" square of softwood board
  • approximately 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" lightweight mirror
  • strong adhesive glue
  • small adhesive felt dots
  • small saw tooth picture hanger
  • acrylic paints in assorted colors
  • gel medium (optional)
  • paintbrushes, assorted sizes
  • palette for paint
  • pencil with eraser
  • water-based varnish/sealer
  • wood-burning tool with assorted tips
  • spiral saw tool
  • power drill with drill bit
  • straight edge ruler
  • wood c-clamps
  • safety glasses
  • ear protection
  • sandpaper or sanding blocks
  • hammer
  • glass cleaner
  • soft cloth

Steps:

1. Measure and mark a 4-3/4" x 4-3/4" opening for the mirror in the softwood board. Wearing safety glasses, drill a pilot hole in one corner of the marked area for the mirror opening.

2. Clamp down a straight edge to the top of the mirror frame to help align the spiral saw tool while cutting, ensuring a straight line.

3. Cut out all four sides of the 4-3/4" x 4-3/4" square with a spiral saw. Sand all the interior and exterior edges.

4. Draw the wood burn design onto the frame with a pencil.

5. Heat the wood-burning tool and wood burn the design into the wood frame with a chisel tip and fine point tip.

6. Let it cool and prepare for painting.

7. Paint the frame with acrylic paints: Squeeze out a dime-sized amount of various acrylic paint colors onto a palette. Mix some of the colors with gel medium for a translucent look. Blend two shades of paint in an area, or wait until one color has dried and then add a very light, sheer glaze of an additional color. Let dry.

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