Valentine's Day is almost here, just a few days away.
How will you decorate for the celebration? I hang hearts around my home.
This year I created a mixed-media heart plaque.
I began with a wood heart plaque, and painted the base with gesso. I then added tissue and papers to the top banner area for texture. I chose various papers to go along with my theme, stamps and some lettering.
Below is a photo of items I pulled out to possibility use in the plaque.
I glued down the small cut/torn pieces of paper and collage them together over the heart shape. I also added gesso to blend and tone down the color.
Sorry for the photo reflections - I work on a glass tabletop that makes cleanup easy.
Next added in some stamping in red and black ink - I used stamps from Stamping Up! and Tim Holtz along with a Mini-Letter set I have had many years.
This photo shows an idea I had for stamp placement . . . that I changed as I continued working.
When I finished stamping and gluing items for the background, I used walnut ink to stain the edges. Once it was all dry, I sprayed it with a clear coat of acrylic.
I then used my Staz On black inkpad and stamped the saying, the flower / hearts and the bee on separate papers. I used my colored pencils to color in the images, placed them on with foam tape for a raised effect. Used a fabric flower with a heart center and done.