Monday, January 17, 2022

Heart Art DIY

 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!

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  1. Oops something went wrong with my comment so I hope you don't get this twice. I love the rustic charm of your Valentine heart! I've never tried painting with a block of wood before and this has intrigued me to give it a whirl.

  2. Your heart is absolutely Gorgeous! I love the addition of the sweet flower!

  3. This is so pretty! How creative. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I've never seen that paint technique done before but wowza, it's so cool and I love it! This turned out beautifully. Looking forward to trying it out. Thank you for sharing on Farmhouse Friday! pinned

  5. What a beautiful piece of artwork! Love that it's neutral - will go with everything, always! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  6. Just popping back in to say I'm featuring this over on Farmhouse Friday tomorrow. Thank you for linking up and I hope you link up again.

  7. Super cute & I love all the techniques you used. XO- MaryJo

  8. Who would ever know that this wasn't dug out of an old trunk found in an attic somewhere??? It looks so authentically vintage -great tutorial! PinningšŸ˜Š

  9. This is just the cutest DIY project! I'd love to feature it on my weekly wrap-up blog post next Sunday.


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