Love is in the Air by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
Love is in the air this week as Valentine's Day looms this Thursday and I have some love for you in the form of a grungy heart tag with lots of rusty textures.

I have had so much fun and made so much mess creating this tag lol

Here's What I Did:
My starting point was the tag which is a size 8 That's Crafty MDF tag and it's all about the layers. First layer was to add some torn book pages and strips of washi tape onto the tag. Onto that I scraped on some heavy white gesso and left it to dry. I then gave that a watered down layer of That's Crafty sandstone paint. I then layered on Decoart gold paint, onto that a watered down layer of quinacridone gold. I then smeared around the edges Decoart crackle paint and left that to dry. Once that was dry I sponged around the edges of the tag with burnt umber, quinacridone gold and paynes grey darkening all around. I then rubbed into the cracks of the crackle with colbalt blue teal.

Next was to make up my components to add to my tag. All the pieces I have used are That's Crafty substrates. The heart is MDF and the wings and large and small cogs are That's Crafty greyboard pieces. I started with the heart.
I used 2 hearts and with a fine tooth saw cut one of the hearts in half.

I began with the complete heart drawing a line down the centre and then glueing on the smaller hearts some being cut to not cross the line as I had to glue the cut half of the heart on. I also added some texture sand paste on parts of the cogs and then painted then all, firstly with a base coat of grey and then layering up the colours that I had used for the tag until I had the result I required. 

For the other side of the heart I glued on some of the teabag paper that That's Crafty sell (I'm falling in love with this paper) I crumbled it up before glueing it on with matt medium. I tore the edge as I wanted the torn edge to overlap the cogs so it looked like the heart had been torn open. It was then given a couple of layers of Christmas red paint and then I added a watered down black paint to it to tone it down and give a grungy look. It was then glued into place and I trimmed off all the spare teabag paper.

For the wings I first drew around them where they would stick to the back of the heart and masked these sections off, this makes it easier to glue them on. I then applied a layer of texture paste with a spatula and used the spatula create the texture, once dry they were treated with the same paint colours to the effect I wanted

The Large cog got a similar treatment but this time using sand paste

I then constructed the tag by adding my pieces, all was given a coating of ultra matt varnish which really dulls down the acrylic paints.
Here you can see the layers once assembled

I then added the text by stamping onto card that I had coloured using Distress Oxides wrinkle free technique, the words were cut out and edged with distress ink. I even added an hole enforcer to the tag that had had the same sand texture treatment as above as did the number 14 that I added to the heart.

Here's What I Used:
That's Crafty! Greyboard Bits & Pieces: Large Cogs/Small Cogs & Small Wings
That's Crafty! Mediums: Texture Paste & Sand Texture Paste  
DecoArt Mediums: Crackle paint, Ultra Matte Varnish & Matt Medium 
Finnabair Art Basics: Heavy Gesso White
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Paynes Grey, Metallic Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Colbolt Teal Hue, Titan Buff, Raw Umber
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints: Christmas Red, Sandstone & Grey
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge & antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge & Peacock Feathers
PaperArtsy Stamps Set: PAEAB08 Strength & Courage
Versafine Clair Ink Pad: Noctourne
Hole Enforcer
Washing Up Sponge
Book Pages

Have a fabulous Valentine's Day this Thursday and I will see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

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  1. A fantastic art piece Amanda - love it !! xx

  2. Stunning textural project. Love all the fabulous texture and techniques and thank you for the step by steps...I have learnt lots, Thank you x.

  3. Amazing texture and layers Amanda and the grungy rusty effects look absolutely stunning. So very creative and fabulous.
    Fliss xx

  4. Wow, this is an incredible tag, Amanda. You could have stopped at just the background and still have won my heart! Brilliant rusty grunge, and powerful words.
    Alison x

  5. I absolutely adore this Amanda, super grungy and all the rust is fabulous!! Anne xx

  6. Oh Yes! Amanda . This is both Grungy and Rusty 'licious'. What an absolute treat- a feast for the eyes! Yep I LOVE LOTS x


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