Several years ago, I purchase a book called Fanciful Furniture: Decorating with Paint by Anita Rosenberg. I love painting furniture and this one really caught my eye for inspiration. The author also paints ceramic accessories using acrylic paint instead of the traditional method of glazing and firing using a kiln. When I saw some ceramic hearts at the local hobby store, I knew I had to use them for a valentine swap.
The hearts were painted with red acrylic which was slightly watered down. The hearts really soaked up the paint and I found it easier to work with several thinner layers of paint. I used a rubberstamp for the design and stamped using white acrylic. I didn't really like the starkness of the white and went over the hearts with a light coat of Folk Art's oak stain. The stain is waterbased. A clear coat of varnish, a ribbon and a button completed the hearts.