Saturday, February 1, 2014

Create a Valentine's Collage

Create Valentine's Art From Paper You Make

Hi Everyone,

I love to make my own papers for collage, and thought I would share with you this fun and easy way to make some for yourself, and use them to create some pretty Valentine's art.
I repurposed an old frame that had an elephant print in it. 
It was time to say Bye-Bye to Mr. Elephant and Hello to some Heart Art!

 Here are the items I used:

 Picture Frame
Board or Sturdy Cardboard That Fits inside the Frame
White Garbage Bag
Spritzer of Water
Tissue Paper
Liquid Acrylic Paints or Craft Paints in your choice of colors. 
I used Red, Pink, and Iridescent Gold. 
White Acrylic (for basecoat),
Water and Containers for Mixing (I like to use votive glasses) 
Soft Paint Brush like a Watercolor brush
Mod Podge or Acrylic Gloss Medium  
A rag or Paper Towels

Cut your garbage bag along two sides, open it up, and lay the tissue paper on it. 
 Mix one teaspoon of paint with two or three teaspoons of water. Lightly spritz the 
paper with water. Brush the pink paint gently over a section of the paper. It's 
important to keep your brush full of the diluted paint and not to work it too 
much, otherwise the paper will tear. Rinse the brush and repeat over another 
section with the red, and the last section with the iridescent gold. 

The tissue paper will crinkle as it dries. 
Once it's dry it peels right off the plastic bag. 

I made some heart templates from a cereal box (what else?), 
traced the various sizes onto the tissue paper and cut them out.

I used the board to trace a square piece of tissue paper and 
cut it out to use as a background for the heart layers.
I painted the board white so that the colors would really stand out.

I Mod Podged the tissue to my board.

I brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper, and set the 
hearts on it, applying the Mod Podge on top of each heart as I went.  
Here is how I arranged them:

I painted my old brown frame with a layer of the gold, then dry-brushed some 
of the white over it. I popped the collage into the frame, and this is how my
Valentine's display looks. 

 The large red heart is a gift box that had some perfume in it. My hubby bought it 
for me when we were first married, about thirty years ago. (Whew, long time!). 
I keep sentimental trinkets and cards in it. 

I'm pretty happy with my little collage!

Have a great day Everyone, and Have Fun Crafting!


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  1. I love tissue wrap! There is so much you can do with it. Great project.

    1. Me too Laura! I will soon be posting another project using tissue paper. Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. This is so very creative! Thanks for sharing it with us! Pinned to the Valentine board! :) I sent you an invite to the board, I'd love for you to join in!


    1. Thank you Marti! I looked through the board. So many beautiful project ideas! Val

  3. Hey Val! I love your collage! I am gonna haveta get my paints out and try this....wish I had that gold paint too. I think a trip to Hobby Lobby will have to be made, darn! Lol...Thanks fir visiting my little blog, when I get to my computer (Im on my phone now) I will visit again so I can see all your pretties!

    1. Thank you for the comment Paula! I won't tell you how many bottles of shiny gold paint I have! Have a great day,

  4. Hi Robin! So glad you like my collage! Thanks for the comment and have a great day!

  5. Huh, I never though about just painting tissue. Certainly faster than dying it if your only doing a few sheets :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. You're welcome Allie! I am trying out your method too. I have a niece who loves purple, so picking up some purple Rit is on my list for tomorrow!



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