Wednesday 26 October 2016

Altered Vintage Collections Frame

Hi All,
I wanted to share my Halloween inspired montage of oddities gathered & displayed on a double frame salvaged from the sales bin of my local department store.  
I saw loads of potential in the beautiful ornate patterning of the frame.

We do not celebrate Halloween officially in Australia.  This piece has that spooky feel due to the actual antique memorial notice from 1908 displayed in the centre of the frame.  
The vintage gold text & design on the black background as well as the photo of Matilda match the style of this piece perfectly. 

It looks great displayed amongst our antique decor.

I firstly gave the frame a coat of Black Gesso. 
I let this dry while I collected a range of ephemera for my 3D display.
Most of the pieces are from Tim Holtz Idea-ology (eg. adornments, pulley wheels, bird cage, corked vials, corners, fractured doll, keyhole, letterpress, light bulb, pocket watch, tiny vials, wishbones, file tabs, typed token etc) & Prima embellishments such as mini roses, light bulb, pearls, Apothecary vials & labels, papers, as well as Finnabair mechanicals.  Wow! Too many to list!

I added texture to the background with gauze soaked in black gesso & Prima Sculpture Medium. Prima Art Stones & Mini Art Stones were applied with 3D matte gel medium.  
Drips down the frame were made with a hot glue gun. All the textures were highlighted by dry brushing with Prima Art Alchemy paints in Metallique Steampunk copper & Light Patina.  It created the perfect vintage gold brassy effect.

The Letterpress & other brighter metal objects were distressed with Tarnished Brass & Black Soot Distress Paint.  Crackle finish achieved with Distress Collage Medium (Crazing) & Crackle Accents.

 My favourite piece is the pocket watch with the red dragon's eye. 
See it has a Finnabair Mechanical spring inside which resembles a vortex trying to suck you in. 

Thanks for taking the time to read & look at all the photos.  I am sure you can tell I had lots of fun making this project. 

I am entering this piece in the Frilly & Funkie Challenge 'A Very Vintage Halloween' over at the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Cheers for now.  Can't wait to see all the entries in this fun challenge.
Deb xo


  1. This is just lovely and I hope you win the contest! Best wishes and Happy Halloween from the US!

  2. My heart is melting over this!!! LOVE the double frame and the clusters of embellishments including the all seeing eye inside the pocket watch. LOVE it! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx