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Friday 15 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire Tutorial

Hi Everyone xx Its Annie here with the Step by Step Tutorial for my project that was created for our "Your Hearts Desire" challenge theme.
You had better grab a cuppa as there are lots of photographs to view and details to read!!
 My canvas measure 8" by 8" and the heart is about 3.5" by 3.5" The heart is polystyrene and I cut it in half so it would lie flat.
 Gesso was applied to the canvas and to create lots of texture I took a palette knife, lightly pressing then lifting all over the canvas.
 You can see that I also added some Art Stones while the gesso was still wet.
 Whilst the gesso  on my canvas was drying I applied some to the heart, enabling me to adhere paint to it xx
 Some lace was adhered to the corners and sides of the canvas
 Followed by some hot glue from my glue gun.
 The photograph below shows the glue applied on each side of the canvas.I then applied more gesso to cover all the embellishments.
 Whilst the gesso was drying I applied some book pages to a piece of grunge board, using my brayer to flatten them on after gluing. I did not want to apply sealer to the top at this stage as I wanted to use distress ink directly on to the paper.
 The distress ink  was then sealed with Judikins Microglaze, which I have had in my stash for years and is now called Tim Holtz Distress Ink Micro Glaze
 Taking Tim Holtz Layered Wings die by Sizzix I cut the wings, ensuring that the book writing was the right way up. Decoart Quinacrodone Red was applied to the heart.
 To dry the paint quicker I applied my heat gun and a "Happy Accident" occurred as the polystyrene expanded creating amazing textured detail on the heart. I adored the colour once I had given it two coats of Quinacrodone Gold
 Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo, Dried Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron.
 Decoart Gold metallic paint was then dry brushed over the lace, glue and stones and I loved the way this changed the canvas details/textures.
 Some stamped script was applied in Archival Sepia Permanent Ink. The edges of the canvas were then inked with Black Soot Distress Ink
 A close up of the top right corner. You can really see the gold details on the lace, stones and glue.
 Bottom right corner of the canvas and look at the texture on the polystyrene heart...its amazing, looks like skin of a raspberry!!
 And a final pic of the finished project.
 Thank You for sticking with me and I hope you have been inspired by some of the details/techniques used. The challenge remains open until the 28th February so there is still time to enter. Just click HERE to view the inspiration provided by the Creative Guides.

Huge hugs  and Happy Crafting
Annie xx


  1. A fabulous tutorial taking us through your amazing canvas, Annie. Those glue drips and the stones are so cool, with that gilded metallic glow, and I love the layered book text wings. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  2. This is such a gorgeous design Annie and the fabulous tutorial is perfect to see how it all came together. I love all the different textures you added and that red heart that blistered in the heat is a real eye catcher. TFS xxx

  3. What a marvellous little canvas Annie, full of texture and techniques. I love how the heat gun changed the surface of the heart, the happiest of accidents making it a fabulous focal with those worded wings. Those glue drips make magnificent marks.
    A beauty to behold for sure. Thank you for sharing and giving us a detailed tutorial, I loved every word.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  4. Fabulous canvas and I love the 'Happy accident' with the heart, thats one for the archives for sure.. have a lovely day.xx

  5. Beautiful earth tones and wonderful textures on the background for your gorgeous red winged heart Annie! How wonderful that the heat created unexpected texture on it! Thanks for sharing your creative process with us! Julia xx

  6. A brilliant tutorial Annie, I love all of your colour tones and the happy accident to your heart is fabulous! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Such a fabulous project Annie and a super tutorial!! The colours are amazing and the effects of all the elements you added are just super!

  8. Fabulous canvas, Annie with a wonderful tutorial to take us through your process. I really love the textured effects you've created, especially the 'happy accident' on the heart. Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

  9. Love your gorgeous creation! Annie. The texture and all the details are so beautiful! :)

  10. Terrific tutorial, Annie. Great to see how you brought all the various textures and colour together to make such a lovely canvas. Your focal heart is lush!
    Tfs x

  11. This is a wonderful creation and so well explained!!! Love it.
    Jolanda xx

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  13. stunningly beautiful Annie - and your steps are so very clear! Brilliant Annie - love it xx

  14. Isn’t it funny how a whole bunch of “stuff” can work together to make such a lovely piece? Love your use of the art stones mixed with laces, text and gesso. Your colors are warm and rich and the styrofoam heart is a great dimensional focal point.