Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Inspired by the holiday of Love

Inspired by the holiday of Love.

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.



Great decoration to celebrate the day with your Valentine!