This was going to be a project for Valentine's Day. But, with the neutral colors, it turned out to be a valentine that I can leave up all year long.I used an 18" wooden heart from Signopoly.
I stained the wood with Voodoo Gel Stain from the Dixie Belle Paint Company using the color, Tobacco Road. Voodoo Gel Stain is water based & is perfect for raw wood.
I wanted a rustic look on the heart so I did a smear technique. To achieve this look I put some chalk mineral paint in the color Fluff, onto a paper plate, then dipped the edge of a 2x4 block of wood into the paint.
I drug the block over the heart using light pressure.To embellish the heart, I grabbed a flower from WoodUBend. I painted the flower with Fluff & set it aside to dry.While the flower was drying, I cut a leaf shape out of a dictionary page & added glaze to the edges using a damp rag.To keep the colors neutral on the heart, I used the color Van Dyke Brown glaze. It goes nicely with the Tobacco Road stain.
I glued the flower onto the heart using tacky glue. Then I glued on twine to make a stem, & then glued on the leaf.I added the glaze to the flower to give it dimension.
I painted the glaze on heavy on the flower & underneath the flower.
I used a damp rag to wipe away the excess glaze, allowing it to rest in the grooves.
The glaze brings out the details of the flower.
I also added glaze the the edges of the heart.
I painted the glaze around the edges of the heart then lightly wiped it back with a damp rag.I used the same twine that I used for the stem to hang the heart.
This Valentine isn't going to get packed up after February 14!