Key To My Heart 🗝

heart valentine's day Mar 01, 2023
 

I am using a 6x6 canvas to create a gold heart on a black canvas, complete with a gold key and some glass and resin. You can get a gold key at pretty much any craft store, or try to find a real one at your local antique store! This piece is very simple to pull together, especially if you are using a heart stencil, which I will be demonstrating today.

First, I am going to start by painting my canvas sides and front with black paint. I am just using Anita's Black, but you can use whatever you have. I will apply this with a sponge brush. Let dry or dry with a heat gun, and add a second coat of black paint.

Next, I'll take my heart stencil and tape it to my canvas. I'll use a stencil brush to apply my gold paint. Make sure your brush isn't loaded with paint (rub some off before applying) and just pounce your paint onto the canvas. Let dry or dry with a heat gun, and do a second coat of your gold paint.

Next, I'll take a graphic pen and outline my heart on the gold paint. I'll just do...

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Mardi Gras Crown 👑

mardi gras Feb 22, 2023
 

Today we will be creating a fun Mardi Gras themed art piece with some acrylic paint, glass, beads, and more! We'll be using the traditional Mardi Gras colors, painting a crown, and adding actual Mardi Gras beads to our canvas. This one is so fun to make and I loved the way it came out!

I am going to paint an ombre background with purple, white, and green paint. I am using a 1-inch flat brush and going to paint each third of the canvas, and blend them together. I'll also paint the sides of my canvas. Let dry. 

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your crown with a stylus onto the canvas. I am going to put my crown at a slight angle. 

I'm using a 1/4 brush to paint my crown with Antique Gold. Let dry and add a second coat of gold. Then, I'll take a small palette knife and apply some purple to the back of it as well as some green and white paint. I'll also add a little bit of shadows and highlights...

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Valentine's Gumball Machine 💕

hearts valentine's day Feb 15, 2023
 

I found some cute little wooden conversation hearts at Hobby Lobby for a dollar and I knew I had to make an art piece with them! My plan is to create a gumball machine, but instead of gumballs, it will be filled with these little hearts. We are working with an 8x10 canvas along with some acrylic paint, wooden hearts, and resin.

First, we are going to start by painting the background. I am using a mix of white paint and Cactus Flower, a light pink. 

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your gumball machine with a stylus onto the canvas. 

First, I am going to paint the red parts of my machine. Then, I'm going to paint the silver parts of my machine with Metallic Tin. I'll also add some black to that area right where the coin goes.

I'll take my tracer and just add in some of those details lines on my machine. I'm going to continue to add some extra shadows and highlights with white and black paint. Let dry....

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Monochromatic Heart 💙

heart valentine's day Feb 08, 2023
 

I picked up some amazing heart stencils that I am going to use today to make a monochromatic heart for Valentine's Day! I am using an 8x10 canvas and will be adding some heart stencils as well as a glass heart in the center. This one is great for beginners, quick, and easy!

First, I am going to start by painting my canvas white. Let dry. 

Then, I'm going to use Metallic White to apply some of my heart stencils throughout my background. I am using a stencil brush and you just want a small amount on your brush so that it stays within your stencil. You can either pounce or or swirl it on. Let dry. 

At this point, you could stencil or paint a large heart in the center of your canvas. I am just going to add my glass. I am using a large heart stencil to form my heart and then adding clear glass.

Next, we will add resin. We're going to elevate our canvas using blocks. Mix 2 ounces of resin and stir gently for three minutes. Then, drizzle over your glass. Pour the...

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Lotta Love 💕

hearts valentine's day Feb 01, 2023
 

I have lots of fun, festive seed beads to create a cute Valentine's Day art piece. This one is all about the hearts, and is very simple to make. If you can draw a heart, you can make this DIY Valentine's Day decor. We will be painting the background, making the hearts, and adding lots of seed beads and resin.

We are using a 10x10 canvas and I will start by painting my background with Metallic White. Pull your paint in one direction so that metallic shines really nicely. Let dry.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your hearts with a stylus onto the canvas. I will have some hearts hanging off the canvas too.

I am going to paint my hearts now - I am going to paint some red, some pearl, and some pink. I am going to do two coats on each heart. Let dry in between coats.

Take your graphic pen and do some detail work. I am just going to outline my hearts with short strokes, not perfectly outlining. 

Now, I am going...

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Valentine's Gnome ❤️

gnome heart valentine's day Jan 25, 2023
 

I went to Hobby Lobby and couldn't leave without my obligatory Valentine's Day Gnome! This cutie was only $1.79 and is a wooden gnome that is approximately 14x8. We are going to transform this little guy with some fun acrylic paint colors, resin, and beautiful seed beads.

The first thing I'm going to do is take the string off. I don't want to get paint on it, so I'll remove it and add it back on once my piece is dry.

I'm going to start by painting his hat and sleeves with Cherry Red. Then, I'll paint his nose with a peachy skin tone color. I'll add a tiny bit of white for a highlight and a tiny bit of red for some shadowing. 

Then, I'll paint the brim of his hat with white paint. I'll also add some shading with gray paint. Next, I'll paint his entire beard with a coat of gray paint and add in some white streak for some dimension. I'll also paint his gloves with black paint with some white shading for highlighting and the same for his boots.

Now, we are going to work on the...

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XO Heart 💗

heart valentine's day Jan 18, 2023
 

We are creating a simple XO Heart project that would be perfect for Valentine's Day! If you are a beginner, this is a great place to start. This one only requires minimal glass and only two paint colors. 

I have some glass strips that I spray painted with just a mist of pink. I also have a round glass bottle ring that I grabbed from Etsy. I misted that with just a tad of Metallic Gold spray paint. I also have some Rose Gold glass pieces. Let's get started!

First, I'll paint the background with Metallic White and a tiny bit of Metallic Rose. 

I will trim my glass strips to fit onto my canvas. The strips will be standing up on their edges, so I cut one of the strips in half so that it can cross through the middle to create our X. Use tacky glue to secure your X in place.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your heart with a stylus onto the canvas. 

Paint your heart with Metallic Pink paint. It will...

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Christmas Mittens

christmas Dec 29, 2022
 

I am using an 8x10 canvas today to create some Christmas mittens hanging on a line. I am going to add lots of glass and goodies sitting in my mittens, like a candy cane, pinecones, icicles, clear and green glass, Christmas miniatures, and more!

I am going to start by painting my background white. I'm going to add some Calypso Blue and just paint from top to bottom with strokes. I'm going to add some extra blue paint to the top of my canvas and spray it with my water mister to create drips down the canvas. Let dry.

Next, I'm going to add some snowflake splatters. Mix white paint with water to create a mixture. Dip an old toothbrush into your mixture and just run your finger along the bristles right above your canvas. Let dry.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your mittens with a stylus onto the canvas. 

Now, we'll paint! I'm going to paint the top of my mittens white and the mittens with Cherry...

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Christmas Lamb

christmas Dec 21, 2022
 

We are creating an adorable little Christmas lamb today complete with a Santa hat and starry night sky. I'm using a 5x7 canvas along with some acrylic paint and Starfire glass to make this fun holiday piece!

First, we are going to paint the sides and front of the canvas with Prussian Blue. Let dry. Then, we are going to create our stars! Mix white paint with water. Dip an old toothbrush into your mixture and run your finger along the bristles above your canvas to splatter your stars onto your canvas.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your lamb with a stylus onto the canvas. I am using white transfer paper so that it shows up on my dark background. 

Then, we will start painting! I am starting by painting the white trim on the Santa hat and the white body of the lamb. Then, I'll paint the Santa hat with red paint. For the lamb's face and ears, I am using Anita's Charcoal...

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Turtle Crawl 🐢

beach Dec 14, 2022
 

I bought a cute turtle ornament from Hobby Lobby that I've been waiting to use, so we are going to make a beach scene with it! I'm going to use bubbles, clear glass, seed beads, shells, Starfire, texture for the sand, and more to pull this all together. 

I am using an 8x16 canvas. I am going to start by painting my whole canvas white. Then, I'll mix some Vintage White with some Coarse Texture Gel to create a sandy texture on the right side of my canvas. I'll apply this with a palette knife. Then, I'll paint the other half of my canvas and sides with blue and more white paint. Let dry.

Now, we'll add our glass and goodies! I have Starfire glass, clear glass, shells, Sea glass beads, bubbles, crushed sea shells, and my cute little turtle. I'll have my turtle hanging off of the edge of the bottom of my canvas. I'll add all of my glass and shells to the sandy part of my canvas, add resin, and then add my turtle.

Next, we will add resin. We're going to elevate...

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