Valentine’s Day is fast approaching; let’s create a fun and simple piece of decor together: a Plaid & Glitter Heart Canvas! All you need are a few basic supplies. Let’s get started.
a blank stretched square canvas (mine is 7″)
Tombow ABT Pro markers (I used P743, P803, and P761)
a gold paint marker or permanent marker
glue (I recommend Tombow Mono Liquid Glue)
loose glitter (mine is red)
Making your heart canvas
Step 1: Create the background.
To make the plaid, we’re going to use the chisel tip of our ABT Pro markers. You may want to practice this technique on paper (I recommend HP Laser paper) before jumping right to your canvas. Begin by drawing two horizontal lines with your first color, right next to each other so they make a wide stripe.
Next, repeat with your other colors, creating multi-colored stripes as shown below. I alternated my colors from darkest to lightest, then started over and repeated the pattern.
Turn your paper 90 degrees to the left, then you’ll repeat the entire process, creating another series of multi-colored stripes. This time, the colors will mix with one another, creating lots of subtle variations in shades.
Finally, use a gold paint pen or permanent marker to add a few accent lines if you like. I drew mine to the right of every stripe in my darkest pink.
Once you feel comfortable with the technique, go ahead and do this on the entire surface of your canvas! This will create a really fun plaid background that looks a lot like you covered the canvas with fabric.
Step 2: Use a paintbrush to apply a thin heart-shaped layer of glue to the center of the canvas.
You can freehand this, or if you prefer, you can use a pencil to lightly sketch the shape, then use the paintbrush to fill it in.
Step 3: Sprinkle loose glitter all over the glue area.
I recommend placing newspaper or other scrap paper under your canvas for this step. Pick up the canvas gently and tap it to get the excess glitter off. Then, you can use the scrap paper as a funnel to put the extra back in your glitter container.
That’s all there is to it! Now your canvas is ready to display. It’s also a perfect complement for the multi-heart canvas project I’ll be teaching you how to create in my upcoming workshop with Michaels stores on February 3! If you haven’t already signed up to participate in that free online class, be sure to check it out at this link.
If you try this project, I’d love to see how yours turns out! Join us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group where you can share your photos and we can all inspire one another. See you there!
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