Tuesday, February 08, 2011

If YOU were a heart...what kind would you be?

I'd be a buttons, bobbles and gems kinda heart in "Beachy" colors.


I started a new Canvas yesterday, just a little one this time, it's 5" x 7".  I'm actually killing two birds with one stone.  I'll give this to Tom for Valentines...but he has to give it back so it can go into a gallery. 

You see... a group of local artists will be displaying their pieces in a gallery showing at the end of March in a downtown Chicago loft.  This group is called the Local Hob Nob, started by students at Somonauk High School.  They were sweet enough to invite my old self...lol.  I thought my strong point was paper on canvas, so I went with it.  I'll be showing my MOM canvas and will create one more to go along with my color scheme.

In the meantime... here's how the process starts... I choose my canvas and color pieces. I've used Basic Grey White Paper Pack papers and the brads in the background are from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found collection.


Then I start cutting or tearing paper affixing them to the canvas with Modge Podge or other gel medium.


And in this case, I traced a heart onto the canvas and started adding my buttons, brads and bobbles. I actually sewed the buttons in place because I want them to be secure since it's a display piece.  I wouldn't want anything to fall off over time.


I added a Silhouette cutting image "You"... kinda over-sized allowing it to hang off the edge and a little butterfly above it.  I'll finish this up today and will post a picture of the complete project tomorrow.  

So...what kind of Heart would you be?

:o)

34 comments :

  1. A sea glass one. I found so many pieces of seaglass in Brittany last year I made a heart out of it and took a picture. Now it's all back in a glass bottle.
    This canvas is gorgeous. I love all the different buttons.
    Eveline.

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    1. I started picking up sea glass this summer and keep it in a glass bed side caraff. Now I have an idea what to do with it. Thanks...

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  2. Beautiful ... It looks Fab already ... Can't wait to see the finished piece!

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  3. What a lovely project Shari - I bet your DH will love it!
    Great inspiration! Hmmmmmm guess I would be a <3 made of shells :)

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  4. Beautiful! I think I would be a clear glass heart since everyone can tell what I'm feeling ;D I can't hide anything. I was so inspired by your MOM canvas I made a canvas to give as a baby shower gift! I love how it turned out...

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  5. Wow, this is so gorgeous, Shari! I would be exactly this heart - maybe I would be a bit more aqua, not this soft, but exactly this heart! Love love love your canvas!

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  6. Your button Heart is stunning Shari, can't wait to see the finished piece. I love vintage buttons and bits and bobs so this would be my heart too.

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  7. Stunning Shari!
    I would be a heart made with lots of little cogs - because lots of things make my heart beat!
    Cannot wait to see it finished
    Hope you have recovered from CHA
    Hugs
    Amy
    x

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  8. Another gorgeous canvas, Shari. . .looking forward to the finishing touches! Because it's always been a dream of mine to live somewhere warm, I would be a heart made of white sand from a beautiful beach with lots of sunny colors mixed in.

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  9. Oh Shari... this is just stunning. I would be just like this I guess... with some drift wood, shells, mini photos and sail canvas!

    Can't wait to see the finished product.... FAB. You have inspired me to dig out the boring old canvas's that I have somewhere in my stash! LOL!

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  10. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Shari! LOVE it!

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  11. stunning...absolutely stunning! :)

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  12. I would say button also, but earthy with a splash of bling and glitter :) Love the canvas !!

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  13. Hi Shari

    If I were a heart I would be a big soft purple bright shiny "see through" heart .. .. with a dandelion clock caught inside .. .. and everyone would be able to see straight through me and see that I have nothing to hide - just a little hint of beauty to wonder at in the centre.

    I love your post. A heart of gorgeous buttons and lots of fantastic layers of paper and card.

    Beautiful.

    Love Jules xx

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  14. i love your choice of colors for that heart!

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  15. Wow! So far Shari this is absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see the finished project. Love all those buttons!

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  16. Wow..love these sun-bleached colors and your buttons and brads are beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished masterpiece! I would be a heart made to be shabby and distressed, a bit worse for wear with faded colors and smooth edges.
    blessings~

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  17. I would be a heart made of tiny little seashells and I have a collection from which to choose. Buttons would be my second choice because I have quite a collection of those as well!!!! Love how this looks thus far!!!!

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  18. Ohhhh, that's a gorgeous canvas! I'd be a typewriter key heart, or something to do with letters!

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  19. so pretty, Shari! Definitely a Shari heart!

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  20. This is beautiful! I'd be a-little-bit-of-this-a-little-bit-of-that kind of heart in shades of purple and green and yellow! Love your work!
    Cindy

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  21. wow wow wow....loving all those gorgeous buttons...congrats on your gallery debut and you know what they say...cute as a button...I wish....hugs kath xxx

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  22. Beautiful, Shari! Can't wait to see it finished! I've always been drawn to hearts, so I love your one made of buttons.....must try that myself. Congratulations on your gallery showing - so exciting!

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  23. This is just gorgeous Shari - what a beautiful combo of colours, shapes and textures! I think I'd be some sort of hessian and wool heart - very homespun and simple, with a messy bit of uneven stitching and a teeny button somewhere! Jo x

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  24. Wow...what a project. So glad they asked you. I am loving this. I grew up in Byron IL..Don't think that is too far from you. Great job.

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  25. as always.. simply elegant!!!

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  26. Love love love love......! This is just Awesome..

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  27. What a beautiful button heart, Shari - so stunning with all the textures and soft colors! What kind of heart would I be? A big old Valentine heart box of chocolates :)

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  28. I would be a bright green heart of grass and leaves where dogs could come and play ^_^ I love your heart too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  29. oh this is lovely and gave me a great idea for turning this into a child craft!
    which kind would I be? I'll be thinking about that all day ! ;)

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  30. So pretty ! and a wonderful keepsake !

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  31. Here we are almost a year later and this is still a stunning project to inspire me. I know my heart would have buttons in it for sure with purple and gold accents and angels within. I love your colour combo though, its so calming. I loved your Mom canvas as well. Very inspiring.

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  32. Shari, You are so talented and we appreciate you sharing with everyone, thanks.

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  33. Shari, I used your photo in a blog post today. I hope you don't mind; I linked to your site. If you object, I will take it down.

    I love everything about this piece. Thanks for sharing!

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