I've had some time to play and decided to work on Valentine's Day projects. This hanging heart is made using painted papers as the base. Three Rock Candy products were also used: "To Dye For" hand-dyed silk ribbon (American Beauty), french border dresden foil in red, and the image is from the Girly Girls Collage CD. The words are from magazine clippings.
The back of the heart shows the pattern of the painted paper as well as the stitches that add a bit of interest. A thin piece of batting was used between the front and back layer. It adds a little cushioning and a tiny bit of weight to the piece.
This close-up shows the dot pattern in the paint as well as some of the handstitching. A blanket stitch was used around the edges and a Smyrna cross stitch was used over some of the dots. The dots were achieved using a piece of gutter guard which was discovered at a home improvement store by my friend Alice Arterburn. Thanks Alice!
Love the Dresden foil border...
The painted paper begins as white computer paper with a coat of gesso on the front and back. Layers of color and pattern are added using acrylic paint, stamps and stencils. This shot shows off another one of my favorite 'stencils'..paper doilies.
Paper doilies are wonderful stencils and can be used later as collage material.
Diamond pattern bubble wrap was used for the above portion of the heart. I think I received this in a goodie bag in a class and I'd love to find a source for it. Anyone know where I can get some more of this diamond-shaped bubble wrap??
Wallpaper is another great way to decorate painted paper. This great piece came from my friend Allison Revetta. Thanks Allison!
And finally, a close-up of the image from Rock Candy. The image and words were all outlined with a Pitt pen. Love this little girl!
The key to the painted paper is to add layer upon layer of paint and pattern. This paper has seven or eight layers and it was hard to stop!
Another sheet of painted paper was made using the same colors but the base was deli paper. The deli paper is quite thin and would make great paper for collaging but I decided to mount it onto white cardstock to use on another project. More later...