Monday, January 11, 2016

Heart canvas again

This canvas was inspired by Amy Pearce. I saw a video she made and thought to try and paint my own version.

this canvas is for sale see here

Deco Art products used: Americana Acrylics in : Sour Aple, Desert Turquoise. Bahama Blue, Red alet and Snow White. Traditions acrylic paint in Carbon Black and Red Violet. Acrylic Gesso and Americana Deco Page matte.

First gesso the canvas and when dry add a layer of Red Alert paint. Take a piece of tissuepaper large enough to cover the canvas and the edges. Crumple the tissue paper to get a lot of creases and glue it to the canvas using Decou Page Matte. Use a layer of Decou Page on the canvas, add the tissuepaper in a way the crumples stay in, and add a layer of Decou Page over the tissue paper. Let dry.

Next take a pencil and draw the outlines of the heart. Take a clean paintbrush and water and wet the inside of the heart. Start painting the heart while the water is still on the heart so the different paint colours will easily mix. starting with Red make shadows with Red Violet and use Snow White for the highlight. Add more RedViolet  (you can even add a little black to make it a bit darker) and go from the shadow side of the heart to red in the middel to bright red and white on the highlight.
Use the highlights and shadows to shape the heart.
Let the heart dry. For the background wet the rest of the canvas using water and a paintbrush again.

Use the Green, Turquoise and the Blue to paint the background, Let the colors mix and play with the paint till you like the result.

Use Red Violet to add the shadow of the heart on the background and let it fade into the Blue/Green
Let the canvas dry and use a paint brush with a little red violet paint on the flat side to gently add some paint on the raised parts of the tissuepaper. While doing this on the heart I added a bit Black to the Red Violet so it would show better.
Create a bit of a border in Red Violet around the edges of the canvas

I will enter this canvas in the following challenges


  1. What a lovely canvas and very effective technique - loving the texture you managed to bring into the piece, as well as the colours used. Thanks for entering our first blog challenge - blue at More Mixed Media Challenge. We look forward to seeing more of your work for our next challenge in February. Michelle (DT) More Mixed Media Challenge x

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our first challenge at More Mixed Media, our ‘blue’ theme – hope to see you again soon x

  3. Stunning canvas..Love how you have made the heart look 3D/Dome shape to make it pop...Thank you for joining us over at More Mixed Media Challenge for our very first challenge...Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy xx DT

  4. This is just FABULOUS Monique. What GORGEOUS texture. Looks like your heart could just start beating any minute!! Your colors and the shading is PERFECT. LUSCIOUS creation and the DecoArt sure creates magic at your hand!! j.