Hi friends! I hope you’re enjoying your Fall and getting ready for the Holidays. But, I’ve got a little bit different theme tutorial for you today to change things up a bit. I’ve created this Vintage Hearts canvas that can be created as a card or canvas and given as a gift.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project…
- 8″ x 10″ canvas
- TCW567 Complicated Hearts 12″ x 12″
- TCW579s Mini Sheet Music 6″ x 6″
- Americana Acrylic paint, soft black, black plum
- DecoArt DecouPage Medium
- DecoArt Media Line Antiquing Cream – Raw Umber
- Imagine Walnut Ink Crystals
- DecoArt Media Line Crackle Paste
- DecoArt Sealant Spray – Matte
- Vintage book pages
- Paper Doily
- I first layered the canvas with vintage dictionary pages I had in my stash. I used the DecouPage medium to adhere and seal them.
- To give the canvas a worn and vintage look I sprayed it with some diluted walnut ink crystals. This ink stain is wonderful for achieving that and once dry it’s waterproof, so you can layer over it. I also used TCW579s mini sheet music with Americana acrylic in Plum Black to give it a more whimsical look.
- Using TCW567 Complicated Hearts stencil I applied a mixture of Plum Black and Media Line Crackle Paste. Notice that the mixture is much lighter than the original paint. Let the crackle paste dry naturally, I know it’s tempting to put a heat gun to it, but the effects come out better if it dries on it’s own.
- I have a stash of paper heart doilies from the dollar store. I tore the sheet in half and sprayed it with some walnut ink stain. I let the puddles dry using the heat gun and that really brought out the texture in the paper. Once dry I adhered it to the canvas using DecouPage medium.
- Using the Complicated Hearts stencil again, I stenciled the Love word using Soft Black acrylic paint.
- At this point the crackle paste heart was ready for some more details. To really bring out the cracks and tone down the brightness of the color, I rubbed in DecoArt Media Line Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber. I also applied some to the doily heart. Wait a couple of minutes and then wipe off the excess cream with a baby wipe. This will leave color only in the cracks and really give it some dimension.
- Once the canvas is dry, I sealed it with some DecoArt Sealant Spray in Matte finish.
This canvas makes a wonderful gift for someone special this Holiday season, especially someone that has a love for vintage items. It’s available in my shop now.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires to do something creative today.