Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial with Paintspots-n-Splinters

My Heart--a Tutorial
by Vicky of Paintspots-n-Splinters

Remember in Elementary school, when your teacher taught you how to fold a piece of paper in half and draw a number 2 on it?
You were supposed to 'ignore' the line and just cut out the '2' part. I can still see all of the various designs the kids had cut out, including the line. Some were fat, some skinny, some cut in half 'cause they didn't fold it right. Individuality makes the world go around!
For this tutorial, you'll need to make a couple of these patterns in various sizes. Make sure you allow for a 1/4" seam allowance.
We're going to paint these so you will need to get some muslin or, what I like to use, denim.
No need to go to the fabric store. Look in your closet or a thrift store and find some light colored old jeans. I like to use the 'inside' of the fabric to paint on.
Cut them out, sew them up, & stuff them.
Find yourself some acrylic paint color of your choice.
For mine, I used Americana Cranberry Wine and Delta Ceramcoat Gypsy Rose.
You can use a brush or sponge but get the paint on there; one side at a time.
Get them nice and dried (I put mine in front of a box fan or just let them dry overnight).
Give them a light sanding with 120 grit sandpaper.
You can use Stiffy, ModPodge, or watered-down Elmer's white glue for this next step.
Saturate your doily and lay it on your heart.
You can let the doily dry at this point or work with it wet as I've done.
I use my cinnamon/vanilla stain mix for this next step.
Use a brush of your choice to stain the doily.
I then bake my hearts at 200 for about 40 minutes or so.
You can also sun-bake these if you have other things to do.
After they are dry, it's time to add the embellishments!
Gather up your supplies and just have fun decorating your hearts.
I made these with muslin strips and my brown ink and stamps.
I did stain mine but had stamped first. DON'T do this unless you have fabric inks as mine washed away in the stain mix. I just stamped again and they turned out fab!
This is a variety of different fabrics that I used as well as the ones I painted.
Thank you Vicky for this FUN tutorial!!
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The Farmer's Attic said...

What a great tutorial!!! Love the addition of the doily and other embellishments!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!


Janice said...

Love it! Great tutorial!

yorkie's primitives said...

Those hearts are adorable!! Thank you for sharing Vicky! The embellishments are soooo cute! Hugs, Valerie

Rhodes Creations said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing! Love, Laura

Vicky said...