Saturday, January 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Project



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.



Another closeup...



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...


10 comments:

Shelly Hickox said...

Beautiful! It makes me want to get out my paints. I have a ton of that deli paper too. Thanks for including so many details!

Joyce said...

I LOVE this. How do I order the Girly Girl Cd she is just too cute. This idea would make a fabulous swap.

Michelle Murphy said...

Beautiful! makes me to want get in the room and create!

Dianne said...

Joyce, The website is RockCandyStudios.com. Plan to spend some time there!

Aimeslee said...

Oh be still my heart, how gorgeous. Now might be the time to beg you, please would you please consider an official tutorial on the way you make your deli paper paper? I bought a huge box of 15"x15" sheets from Sam's and am all ready, but I freeze up because it is so overwhelming to me just where to begin. I have both Beryl's and Kelli Nina's books, too, and it still doesn't help me. Maybe the next batch you do, could you photo each layer so I could see how it looks in progress? Thanks for considering it, you are my deli paper mentor! xoxo

Ashlyn said...

I love your valentine hearts!! They are so adorable. I also like that you used found materials for stencils. It turned out amazing! Good work!!

Dayna Collins said...

Lovely, lucious layers of color and texture!

Gaby Bee said...

I just love visiting your Blog and enjoy looking at your gorgeous creations! Your valentine hearts are
fabulous!
Have a wonderful art filled day!
Gaby

Elizabeth Golden said...

Wow I love this! I especially like how you showed all the steps. Beautiful Valentine!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi Dianne, I am so very grateful that you left a comment for me today, so that I could "find" you and come visit. I love your blog and your work and it's lovely to see how you have made your beautiful heart piece! Now I wish I had more time to play so I can follow your wonderful tips! I have a very busy few weeks, but I want to come back and follow your heart tips

THANK YOU!
Carolyn x