“Smile” Mixed Media Wooden Heart

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts Fans! It’s Tracey back to share a mixed media home decor piece I created with this wooden heart featuring fussy cut images from the fabulous ‘Poppies & Roses’ collection paired with an assortment of gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers including the ‘Celebrate Life’ and ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collections as well as others. Be sure to check out my Tips and Techniques section for all the details including how I tweaked the colour of the flowers to perfectly coordinate with the paper images.

Tips and Techniques:

Lightly brush the wooden heart with a thin layer of white gesso. I wanted a whitewashed look, so used a very light touch.

Tip: Sometimes gesso can thicken up if you have had it for a while, so thin it down with some water if needed.

I used 220 grit sandpaper to rub off some of the paint to add to the distressed look, particularly around the edges and high spots. Any similar grit sandpaper would work just fine.

I dry brushed very lightly with Butternut Squash Chalk Paint to add just a little color.

Don’t you just adore the amazing stencil designs offered by Little Birdie Crafts? I used this Fleur-de-lis Trellis stencil with Grainy Texture Paste to add a grungy, gritty background. First I stenciled the right side of the heart, and let it dry, then flipped the stencil and repeated on the left side. Most of the center of the heart will be covered up, so it’s okay if it isn’t a perfect match.

Tip: Be sure to wash your stencils right away, so the medium doesn’t have a chance to dry and fill in the beautiful design. Once dry, most stenciling mediums can be difficult if not impossible to remove.

Thin down a little gesso and add spatter droplets across the heart, especially around the edges where they will be more visible. I like to use a thin brush with long bristles like this liner brush.

Select gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers to use on the heart. Here you see Celebrate Life: Marisa and Rosalind; Shabby Chic Queenie and Micro Roses; Elsie Carnation; and Beaded Micro Petals.

So you may have noticed that the flowers I selected are more pink than the images in the Poppies and Roses paper collection. To give them a more peachy/coral look, I mixed some white gesso into a dollop of Butternut Squash Chalk Paint (about 3 parts Butternut Squash to 1 part White Gesso). Then I used a fan brush to dry brush across the pink flowers. Once dry I very lightly dry brushed with more plain White Gesso. The remaining white and beige flowers are dry brushed with White Gesso. I always enjoy tweaking my colors so that they coordinate nicely with the other elements.

Fussy cut images from the 12×12″ and 6×6″ Poppies & Roses Paper sets. I knew right away that I wanted the window to be a focal point on the heart and selected other images that worked well with the window.

Yes, Little Birdie Chipboard comes pre-primed, but sometimes I still like to add another coat of white gesso. Here I wanted the cogs to be pure white on the project. I also want to paint the thistle and smile pieces, so a white base coat helps the color to be pure.

Sometimes you don’t have the exact color of paint you need for a project. That’s when I take a good look around my studio to see what I have that will work. While I like the Butternut Squash color, I wanted it just a little more red, so added just a drop or two of Hot Pink Color Splash and a little white gesso to lighten it up to get the perfect color. The Wild Wasabi was brighter than the other greens in the printed images, so I darkened this sentiment piece with Glimmer Moss Metallic Wax.

I had a few metal elements in my stash that I thought would look nice on this heart, but they were made of different types and colors of metal, so I brushed them with white gesso.

I painted them again with a mix of Butternut Squash Chalk Paint and White gesso. Once the paint was good and dry, I rubbed them with Copper Blaze and Antique Gold Metallic Waxes. My Antique Gold went missing when it was time to take the photo.

Now that my elements and flowers are ready to go, I arranged everything and used Silicon Glue to adhere. The Window piece is popped up down the center with a thing strip of foam tape, leaving room around the edges to tuck chipboard and fussy cut images underneath. I replaced the original twine hanger with a length of beautiful Little Birdie Braided Jute Twine.

Tip: Twine likes to fray on the ends and can be difficult to get back through the holes. Add a drop of Silicon glue to the cut end of your twine and twist it in your fingers to form a slim round end. This will make it much easier to thread through the hole.

I went back and filled in a few places with Mini Craft Pellets adhered with Matte Soft Gel Medium to finish the piece.

More Close-Ups:

  • Other Supplies
  • Fab Lab – Wooden Heart
  • Metal Ornate Photo Corner
  • White Lace
  • Gold Rhinestones
  • Feathers
  • Metal Wing Charms
  • Metal Gear Charm
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper

I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your fabulous Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create something beautiful and creative!

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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