Sunday, January 8, 2012
Heart Journal 2012
Thealie and Lillibule invited me to join in their Heart Journal challenge for 2012. We are to make one heart on cardboard every month using a different technique. In January we are to cut out two hearts, one for the technique of the month and an extra that will eventually have a sample of each of the techniques on it. In December we will make the final heart and also finish the cover by painting over all the techniques of the year on it. Promises to be an interesting journey.
For this month the technique is using painter's tape to create texture and wire to embellish. I took three piece of tape and rolled them with the sticky side facing out. Squashed them flat and then plaited/braided them. I arranged the plait in a jagged line down the heart then covered the whole thing with white gesso pulling it up with the paint brush to give raised areas and texture. Lumiere painted in two contrasting colours pink and purple and highlighted the raised areas with rub-ons. I made three flowers inked with the same colours and stuck to the right side along with two lapiz shells. On the left side are the stamped words "Key to my Heart" on scraps of paper and edged with silver leaf pen. At the bottom I attached some beads and buttons and a small key threaded onto wire. Along the top of the heart I stitched a line of wire threaded with beads. I don't have any varnish so I covered the whole heart with decoupage medium instead and sprinkled some crystal glitter on the left hand side while it was wet.
Looking forward to the next month's challenge.
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