Hey there, everybody!
I worked on this canvas a few months back and couldn’t decide how to put the word “love” on there – vinyl, paint, cardstock, etc. Inspiration struck in the form of black matte board! I hand drew and cut the letters with my exacto knife. And here is the result:
I just love the way it turned out. It’s the largest canvas I’ve ever made – it is 24 x 36 and is the perfect size on the shelf next to our fireplace.
I started out with the blank canvas. I adhered some Tim Holtz newsprint tissue paper using Mod Podge. It was the perfect size to do 2 stips (it’s a full 12 inches wide). I knew I wanted the background to be pretty neutral so the hearts would just pop off the canvas.
So…the hearts. I parted with most of my Basic Grey “solid” color paper – it was hard (I’ve been hoarding it for YEARS!!) but knowing I’d see it everyday on my wall helped :). I cut the hearts out on my Silhouette and arranged them in a rainbow pattern and adhered adhered them with Mod Podge. Once dry, I used my Faber Castell Big Brush markers to add shading and shadowing to each heart:
Can you see the yellow marker in the inside of the hearts and they grey marker on the outside of the hearts? LOVE this added texture and dimensions the markers add. The layer of Mod Podge allows the markers to go on smoothly – and while they are still wet you can blend them a little more with your fingers. However, once they are dry they are permanent (love these markers!).
The next step was to add some paint and outline each heart with my Studio Calico detail pen. I added quite a bit of doodling with the pen work. I also added some detail stickers, more marker and pen work, and more paint to make all the bits and pieces cohesive. The final detail step was adding Christy Tomlinson rubons and some stamp/ink detail. I used both Tim Holtz texture stamps and Christy Tomlinson doodle stamps. This last detail gives the work such a great look and some much-needed pops of white.