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Quick and simple Photo Frame

Our theme for this month is

So, with that in mind, I chose to make a super cute frame that could be used for any type of family or pet photo. I wanted to choose a word that reflects my character so I thought about that for a bit. I realized that I am just a silly person in general. I love to laugh, have fun and the older I get, the more silliness I need in my life! So, here is my homage to my silly self....

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A picture frame to alter. This one happens to be a simple one you can find at a big-box craft store or mart, but you could use one from a charity shop or one you have laying around.
Spray mist - any brand
Acrylic paint - I chose 4 colors to keep it basic but use whatever suits your taste.
Collage sheet - Bottle cap flowers from AP
Bottle Caps - Here I have a new one to put the collage picture in and then a couple of old rusted ones from my stash. And here is a special die cut you could use to make cutting circles just the right size for the bottle caps.
Paper Flowers
Gel medium or glue
Metal elements
Crackle glaze
High gloss medium

My initial selection of goodies. I started with an acrylic brown paint on an inexpensive frame.
Here are the three colors I chose to use with the brown base.

First I used a dry brush to add the cream color in streaks to add to the rustic effect. Important to use a brush that is dry. Dip it in the acrylic paint and dab on a towel before you apply to frame. That way you get a really nice effect which lightens up the frame color. Next, I used the orange color, watered down and splattered on. Then I used the teal color without watering down. I splattered that on thick to give some texture. Also used the teal around the inside of the frame and smudged it around the edge for a softer look and to highlight the area around the picture.

Here I took some white paper flowers and used orange and teal sprays on them, using both colors on all of the flowers. Let dry before use.

Then I chose some metallic elements, a copper colored flower and a couple of  rusted old bottle caps from my stash. You can use any kind of collage or metallic accents that you like. Even buttons would look good on a piece like this. Glued embellishments on, you could use a heavy gel medium as well. Let Dry.

Here are all the elements put together. I used a new bottle cap, cut out the flower circle from the AP collage page and glued it into the cap. I let this dry and then added a high gloss medium inside so it would dry clear and shiny (it's just been added here so it's a bit cloudy)  In this picture you can see better, how the roses are colored with both of the mist sprays and are nicely variegated.

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Add my special word printed on cloth, a tiny piece of trim and some watered down crackle glaze (used this to give the piece a tiny bit of shine and texture yet still keeping it rustic and weathered looking)  There you have it.  Quick and easy. There is a slight time spent waiting for things to dry between additions, but you can use that time to make yourself some tea, coffee, or work on another project, right?
Happy New Year and may it be prosperous, full of laughter and time for your art!
Until next time
Jen Rothstein @ Dog-Ma Studio


  1. Great project. All sorts of fun items can embellish, old jewelry and more.

    1. It seems I have an endless supply of embellishments Jean. I think I may need help! LOL

  2. Such a fun project, I love the distressed and splattered paint effects you have used on the frame! xx

  3. Super cute project; love the dry brush technique for a distressed look. Great way to use up the stash!


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