Hearts and wings is used a lot in art themes, in just about every style. Who doesn't like hearts and wings; its symbolism is awe inspiring. I too got inspired and decided to make this shabby chic, steampunk style canvas piece and it just had to be aqua, yellowish color scheme. Being that I like inspirational words on my art pieces, I found this perfect quote to go with it "Let your dreams be your wings and your heart be your guide". I believe that our dreams takes us places...like wings. Well you just can't have the wings, you also need to know where you are going. So your heart is your guide, you know like a compass.
How it's done
I used an 8 x 10 canvas, which I painted white gesso. I added swirly design using a stencil and Modeling Paste. For the background I used Lindy's Gang Stamp shimmer sprays; Tibetan Teal and gold. The heart and wings are made out Fimo polymer clay. I first created a template by tracing a heart shape onto chipboard paper and shaped the clay around the template. I could of done it freehand, but I wanted to make sure the heart was evenly shaped. I also stamped shapes on the heart with a rubber stamp. I painted it with gesso, then painted it with read pearl paint. Then added watered down black paint, and filled the crevices of the stamped shapes and wiped any excess paint.
The wings were a little tricky to make. I could of easily bought resin wings, but the ones I saw I ran across were too small, so I had custom made mine. I wanted this 3D, so I carved look the wing's feathers. Started out by first drawing the wings on paper, ensuring the size is proportionate to the heart and that it fit on the canvas. Then I transfer the drawing onto tracing paper. I flatten out an area big enough for the wings to fit on. In order to have an evenly shaped area, I ran the clay though the pasta making machine. The clay is 1/4" thick. I placed my tracing paper on top of the clay, and the piece of plastic on top of the tracing paper. Using a clay stylus and traced the wings. The plastic keeps the tracing paper from ripping, being that it's so thin and fragile. Then I used an Xacto knife to cut out the wings. I painted it with gesso, then mother of pearl acrylic paint.
The gears are Dusty Attic chipboards and Tim Holtz metal gears. I first painted all the gears with white gesso, then painted with them with aqua and brown paint acrylic paint. In order to give it that grungy, rusty metal look, I used Jacquard bronze pearl powder and mixed it into the paint. It totally gives it this rusty metal look with a hint of shine. The decorative swirly shape above the heart is also a Dusty Attic chipboard that was painted with aqua acrylic paint. The key, keyhole, and arrows metal embellishments are from Tim Holtz, which was also painted with same paint and pearl powders as the gears. I used bling throughout the piece...I like how it contrast the grungy gears.
So go on, grow your wings, follow your heart and make your dreams come true...