Check it out. I attended a Seaside Soiree put on by the lovely Elena Etcheverry of Charity Wings, in November 2014. It was an awesome event. I promise to post sometime in the future all the amazing art I made. What does this have to do with Heart Home Décor? Well one of the workshops was put on by the illustrious Ruth Rae. She taught a really cool class whereby we created a wall hanging box from flat cardboard, plaster cast material, paint and wax (plus embellishments). I love, love, loved the class. Fast forward a couple of busy months. Late January 2015 was the first opportunity I had to design a piece using Ruth Rae’s techniques. Here it is.
Here are some images of this beauty’s creation
After I shaped the heart from an old cardboard box, I covered it in layers of plaster cast. I allowed the heart to dry– it took 4 days. Then I painted it with four different colors of red and pink acrylic paint. I used Liquitex Crimson heavy bodied paint, 2 craft paints and Golden’s magenta. Then I highlighted the heart with Golden’s burnt umber paint and black, silver and gold acrylic crafters paint. Once that was dry I covered the whole heart in a few layers of wax. After each application of wax I wiped it off with a paper towel. I was looking to create a heart with textural depth. The sheen from the wax adds to the overall effect.
Next I inserted the vial. I found this lovely decorative vial at Michael’s. I added shredded book paper from an old book I love. I attached the vial using metal wrapping techniques I learned from Jen Cushman (My technique still has a lot to be desired).
Loved the process! Love the results. This is one piece of home décor art I am proud to have created.
Happy Valentine’s Day!