Mixed Media Love Heart DIY Project

Here’s a fun DIY lesson for creating a mixed media Love Heart piece.

Begin with painting a canvas with an off white background using acrylic paints. Then dab gesso in the shape of a heart.

While the gesso is still wet, crumple up some pieces of tissue paper (the regular kind you buy for gift wrapping). Stick the tissue paper onto the gesso.Love_Heart_Gesso_Tissue960

Cover the tissue paper with more gesso to create a 3-d effect.

While the gesso is still wet, dab some acrylic paint onto the gesso. You can use your fingers or a sponge.


Next, press a piece of lace over the heart and stamp the canvas with a bubble wrap stamp.

Add a watery layer of yellow ochre paint on some areas of the canvas.

Add corner stamping using Tim Holtz’s Fired Brick Distress Ink.


Use a letter stamp to create the postage look and then ink the heart and edges of the canvas with Tim Holtz’s Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


Add embellishments of feathers, lace, metal heart, and love word. I created the love word with a piece of tan paper inked with Tim Holtz’s Fired Brick Distress Ink and then antiqued with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink and edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I used Golden Gel Medium to glue the paper embellishment and E 6000 glue for all of the other embellishments.

Love Mixed Media Heart

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