I made this 8x8 canvas being inspired by February's My Mojo Monthly on Sarah's blog where the theme is "heartstrings". What better time of year to make a shabby-chic heart project than for Valentine's Day? I had so much fun just playing with my mixed media canvas and while it started out very monochromatic and blah at first (wish I had a before picture so you would believe me), getting into a shabby-chic frame of mind changed the whole thing. I started with kraft colored 7Gypsies tissue paper on my canvas and then made a bunch of rolled roses from torn muslin strips in various sizes and placed them in a rough heart shape. Once I started to work the background with a layer of watered down gesso and then Portfolio oil pastels in brown and red violet it immediately had the worn and well-loved look I was after. I decided to sketch in a heart shape to act as a shadow to my rose heart with a china marker and more oil pastels and then finally came across the perfect found text in a book. A little rose tea Glimmer Mist on the roses and some glass beads and it's complete.
Here's the close-up - I love how rubbing oil pastels accentuates the canvas texture - especially when using white.
I really do love this piece :-) because after all, isn't a well worn love the best? Happy Valentine's Day!