Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How Do I Love Thee Paper Mache Heart

I'm home today with the head cold from hell. So while I can open my eyes for more than five minutes at a time, I wanted to share one of my favorite projects that I've made recently: a paper mache heart.

I made this for a swap that I organized on Craftster -- a mixed media Valentine/heart swap. It was hard to give this one away. I forgot how much I LOVE working with paper mache. Like, love love love love and love. It's so messy, but the texture is so absolutely yummy when it dries. I don't know why I don't use it more often. (Now, maybe I will.)

The base of this heart is some cardboard that I had kicking around -- stuff that would have otherwise gone out in the recycling. I love when I can use something like that in a project. Trash to treasure, and that sort of thing. The poem is from an old poetry book that I had which has seen better days, so I have been using the text in various projects. (Also one of my favorite poems. Elizabeth Barrett Browning knew her stuff.)

I wanted the heart to be reversible in case the recipient didn't feel like displaying the poem. I used magenta, turquoise and gold liquid acrylics from Golden -- pretty much my new favorite color combination, as well as paints. They are just beautiful to work with.

I've been hoarding that bit of ribbon for ages. It was hard to part with (I know, it's just a scrap of ribbon... but if you are a supply hoarder like me, you get what I'm saying here...), but sometimes you just know when something is meant to go with a piece. That ribbon was meant for that heart.

I am definitely planning to make more of these in the future. They are incredibly easy to put together -- the hardest part for me is waiting for it to dry! Drying is not fun. But it does dry overnight, if you have patience for that sort of thing.
On occasion, I do. 

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