Turn a pallet heart into a beautiful shabby chic piece of wall art. Learn how to create a paint wash to make this mixed media piece.
I created this romantic, vintage inspired piece of heart wall art for DecoArt last year. I love the way it turned out! I created a color wash to stain the wood without hiding the beautiful pallet grain underneath. Keep reading to learn how easy it is to achieve this effect, and how simple this project is to make!
- Americana Multi-Surface Acrylics — Lipstick , Dark Scarlet, and Red Barn
- Elegant Finish — Renaissance Brown and Luminous Gold
- Americana Mediums — Glazing Medium
- Wood Pallet Heart
- Corrugated Cardstock
- Dictionary Pages
- Silk Flower
- Glue Gun
Create a color wash by mixing the following: 1 part Glazing Medium, 1 part water, 1/2 part paint color. (ie. 1 tbsp glazing medium, 1 tbsp water, 1/2 tbsp Red Barn Paint). I created a color wash for each of the three red paints used.
Note: I prefer to use the Glazing Medium when making a color wash because when you just use water to dilute the paint, sometimes the color and water separate, and you get streaks of color on the finished project. The glazing medium helps to truly dilute the color.
I finished off the project by hot gluing a strip of pretty trim from Decorative Trimmings onto the back. I think the lace trim hanger gives it a nice finishing touch and helps maintain the shabby chic feel I was going for. I really love my new piece of wall art, and I think it well stay up long past Valentine’s Day!