Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fun & funky mixed media flying heart by Betsy Skagen

Many years ago--before her orange jumpsuit days--I was somewhat of a Martha Stewart wannabe.

Here's one example: I spent days sculpting an elaborate firetruck cake and building a firetruck prop for my son's birthday. Not only was the fire truck big enough to hold six children, it was complete with flashing red lights and horn.

The kid was three.

I could have given him a cardboard box and he would have been happy. Some (like the entire Western Hemisphere) might say perfection was my middle name.

Despite my best intentions some of that perfection still resides in my crafting. I am meticulous in creating the ideal scene. Many projects, like my Valentine Station, involve excruciating details and endless hours of work.

Once in awhile, I remind myself to let loose and shake things up a bit--to let go of perfection and just create for the sheer joy of it. This project was all about having fun and combing different materials into one funky piece.

I love how the different layers, textures and materials all came together.
However, I discovered when writing the tutorial that I might have let loose a little too much....I made this piece shortly before I had some surgery and I made the mistake of not writing the steps down since I was certain I would remember everything. Surgery, prescription narcotics and several weeks rest have lead to a different conclusion. If I miss a small step or two, you will know why.

Begin by covering the non-word pieces of the Flying Heart Wall Hanging with a coat of gesso.
Then cover the heart with red acrylic paint. Don't be afraid to add texture and varying degrees of red.
Give the wings and crown a base coat in colors of your choice. While I like the initial color of these wings, I later changed it to have more contrast with the heart.
After the pieces dry, apply embossing ink and a thick clear embossing powder. Use a heat gun to melt the powder. Repeat this process several times to add depth and dimension.

While the embossing powder is still warm, stamp the heart with a clean decorative rubber stamp. Use different materials, such as a liquid paint pen and micro beads to fill in the stamped areas.

Apply another layer of embossing ink/embossing powder and again heat, being careful not to blow away any glitter or beads.
Next, while the embossing powder is slightly warm, rub gold gilding flakes onto the surface and reheat.

Repeat the embossing steps for the crown and wings. For the wings you can add layers of color with each embossing application. Complete the wings by adding gold embossing powder to the edges.
Wrap colorful wire around a pencil to create two long coils. Attach a button to the end of one of the coils.
Glue the crown on top of the heart and the heart on top of the wings with a strong adhesive. Adhere the button coil to the back. Make a loop with the second coil and also attach it to the back and your Fun & Funky Heart is complete.

Thank you for stopping by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog. I hope you have a fun & funky week! - Betsy

Great Stuff

Flying Heart Wall Hanging
Clear embossing powder
Gold embossing powder
Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes
Micro beads
White paint pen
Acrylic paint assorted colors
Colored wire
Gold button
Beacon Fabri-Tac

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