“Make Heart Art” sounds like a strange task to have on my To Do list, doesn’t it? It was one of the most enjoyable To Do’s on my list recently. This year at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Tradeshow (now named Association for Creative Industries (AFCI), the Designer Members participated in a program called “Sharing the Creative Heart.”
Random Acts of Kindness
We left Random Acts of Kindness (or Random Acts of Art) around the show floor as surprise gifts for attendees. Each heart had a tag on it suggesting the visitor enjoy and share their ‘find’ using the hashtags #CHAShow and #Creativation. Two of my designer pals shared links with me to their work. Click here to see: Ann Strecko Koeman and Marjolaine Walker.
Here’s how I made mine:
I made my hearts with Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Paste and a heart stencil. Product links are affiliate links which means the shop gives me a few pennies on your purchase, but the links don’t affect your purchase price one bit. In fact, I link to The Funkie Junkie Boutique, which always has Ranger products at 20% off MSRP.
Even after drying overnight, the paste was very absorbent. I used use several coats of Distress Spray Stains to get the rich colors I desired. It’s a good idea to have a water bottle/spritzer handy whenever you’re working with spray stains. Mine is a lifesaver when I work wet. A few squirts/spritzes can make all the difference in moving the colors around before the Stains dry.
I left mine on the show floor (one near a water fountain and one by an exit door). CHA provided labels with hashtags for finders to use, that we were to attach to the back of each piece. I was delighted to find that both of the people who found them shared their finds on social media, so I’d know who received them.
It was pretty fast work making two at once, minus the drying time. I just varied the positioning of the colors and the stenciling.
Online Mixed Media Class
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