Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Hearts are for loving



     Another paint creation for you here! A heart full of LOVE!

          The heart decoration 'Paris in Springtime' was really popular, so when I was last at the Range I grabbed several of the heart decorations just in case I wanted to do another at some point. The arrival of my new Fresco Paints seemed a good time!

      I decided I needed some blues and greens....I got 'Bora Bora' and 'South Pacific'. I do love pale sage green so I chose 'Sage' and 'Toad Hall'. I also got 'Stone' and 'Nougat' and I just had to get 'Chocolate Pudding'!!! I love the 'French Roast' Fresco paint but I wanted a softer brown for shading.

       So today - the focus is on Aqua....so I bought Bora Bora and South Pacific out to play


     I had been thinking about using string and glue to wind loops onto things and then paint over it. So that is where I began with the heart shape. I just wound swirls using fine hemp string and applied glue, very messy and I learnt quickly that it really is best to work with small lengths - I had wanted one continuous strand - but honestly it really isn't worth the horrible mess, tangles and agitation!


      'Simon Says' are asking for 'Buttons' this week so I added three to the heart decoration 


      I applied a layer of Modpodge over the top of the string to make sure the strands are sealed. Then I painted a layer of Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint over the top. I scraped a thin layer of Crackle Glaze in the corner and applied Bora Bora that had been mixed with a little Snowflake Fresco paint.



     I then dabbed South Pacific around the edges of the heart and then dry brushed Chocolate Pudding paint over the edges, dabbing some of the Bora Bora paint as well over the string and buttons. I carried on layering the colours like this until I had achieved a distressed worn vintage look.


     I got some Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters and selected the word 'Love'. I painted the letters with South Pacific paint and then covered with crackle paint and when this was dry I covered with a layer of Chocolate Pudding paint and wiped off before it dried. The main covering of paint on the heart had been quite a light colour, because I had added Snowflake paint to the Bora Bora paint. As I wanted a bit of a shadow effect behind the letters, I added another layer of paint. This time I used just the Bora Bora paint and added some South Pacific into the center of the area I was painting - One of the many things I adore about Fresco paints is that even though they do have a quick drying time, they are so easy to blend and get very soft effects.


I then very lightly dabbed some Treasure Gold White Fire around the edges of the letters before gluing them to the heart.


    The wooden bead that was attached to the string was given the same paint and crackle treatment as the letters, which the final touch of white fire too which adds a gorgeous gleam. White Fire was then rubbed all over the edges of the heart and across the top of the swirls to highlight them.

 

Rusty wire and a metal ballerina embellishment were added to the buttons






















     So that was the latest heart decoration.....a little brighter than my usual pale vintage creations - What do you think?








             Thanks so much for popping in! - Hope to see you again soon!

         

I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

PaperArtsy - Inspired by Crackle and Blue
Simon Says - The Button Challenge
PanPastel - Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge  - Vintage or Shabby   Follow on Bloglovin

33 comments:

  1. What a lovely piece! The glued string is so effective (though I can see how it would be a pain to work with!) and I love the distressed feel to your buttons. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

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  2. I think it is absolutely Love-ly! I especially like the crackled bead and the wire swirls.

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  3. Fabulous! The string was genius! I love the crackle too. A great project!

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  4. Gorgeous Laura! Love the string and the crackle. Hugs, Anne x

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  5. This is lovely, Laura. I love the crackle and the string idea,

    Lucy x

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  6. Such nice details on this lovely heart Laura!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  7. Love the crackle..and the string swirls is a really cool effect.

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  8. Awesome....beautiful heart...a real piece of creative art...love it!!

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  9. Gorgeous project Laura ! The string is fabulous and the colours are beautiful. Sue C x

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  10. Wonderful heart! Love the crackle and what you did with that string. Very clever and a gorgeous colour too!

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  11. Great piece... the crackle on the letters and the bead looks so cool.
    Alison x

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  12. Laura...this is a beautiful piece. Love the Fresco crackle and the finish coats of Bora Bora. Fresco paint leaves such a beautiful matte finish. Love the buttons you've centered in this lovely heart. The string looks fantastic! Your crackled letters and bead really finish off this piece perfectly! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  13. Hi Laura - stunning project again. Love that crackle effect, especially that you went for crackle highlights rather than an overall effect. Fab embellies too - your ballerina charm is so sweet. MMx

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  14. Hi Laura, it's an adorable piece of yummie colors and great texture. I so love it. Hugs, Suzanne x

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  15. Love your decorated heart!

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  16. Oh just look at that dinky ballet dancer.....

    I love the stringed effects
    xxx

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  17. Oh wow, this is so lush! I <3 your heart lol :). Love the colour and the added textures. And I'd love to know where you got you rusty wire from....:) xxx

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  18. Laura, I just love that heart! Gorgeous texture and that crackle is luscious! Big Wow!

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  19. Great idea with the string. Great colour and love the letters.

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  20. The ballerina on the button totally transforms this to a wow! Where oh where did you find her??? What a great buy! It's those details that sometimes make a project extra special! Love this heart...truly gorgeous! Thanks for buttoning up with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!!

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  21. Fabulous Laura .
    Love the color and the great details.
    Greetings JAnny

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  22. A beautiful creation. I must go back and look again at all the detail one more time! Julie Ann xxx

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  23. Wow stunning design I love all the layers and texture thanks for joining us this week at Panpastel uk challenge blog.

    Kerry

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  24. Gorgeous just gorgeous!!

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  25. Really stunning, I love the textures of your background and that shade of blue is beautiful, thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

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  26. Love your precious heart Laura. Another tour de force showcasing your limitless talent. Hugs, Jenny x

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  27. love the string effect - not sure I'd have the patience! xx

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  28. Very creative ! Love the crackled letters and the string is a great idea.

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  29. Fabulous love the texture and that string.

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  30. Beautiful Creation Thanks for playing this week at Love to Create Hugs Sandra DT x

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  31. Great creation!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!!
    Zenita (aka Scrappinwith'Z)
    DT member Love to Create Challenge
    http://www.scrappinwithz.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh Laura this is all you, the beautiful crackle the fabulous string around the heart, your little curls, I looove the tiny ballerina, fabulous work my dear, thanks for sharing your inspiration..

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