Mixed Media Heart | Love Forever

Today, I am sharing my newest mixed media piece called “Love Forever”.  The surface is a heart-shaped HDF board substrate, and the focal point is a photo of myself with my husband. Behind us, however, is the real story.

Look closely at the piece. The heart-shaped base and the white color represent our foundation together. 

The textured surface (stones, stenciling) symbolizes what we each brought into the relationship. Some people call that “baggage”, but I think of it more as “texture”. It’s a little rough in spots and a little uneven in other spots. 

Large shadows loom far behind us and sometimes creep into areas where they are not welcome. But the shadows never overpower us. In fact, a new garden has been transplanted. And near the bottom, delicate rice paper flowers also begin to grow. 

I placed our picture in the middle because the two of us continue to work to “meet in the middle”. That is the KEY to continuing forward (thus the key accent). The gears and cogs indicate that this is a work in progress, but the heart over the gear shows that it is a labor of love.

The antiqued frame is small, and really could only hold one of us (which is why the frame is empty). There is no longer “one” of us – just US.

Relax and enjoy as I talk you through the process video of this piece:

I loved creating this mixed media piece, and thank you for looking! Please share with your crafty friends, and please follow the Sandpaper Road blog!

Supplies Used (some include affiliate links):

HDF heart-shaped board by CraftUla

Beige/Brown Flowers by Craft O’Clock

Brown Leaves by Craft O’Clock

Blue Flower Rice Paper by Craft O’Clock

Gesso by StudioOne

Gel Medium by Liquitex

Modeling Paste by Liquitex

Opal Magic Wax by Finnabair (Blue Velvet)

Lindy’s Magicals on Amazon (Tweedle Dee Denim & Sassy Sapphire)

Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes by Creative Expressions

Frame Silicone Mold (Amazon)

Acrylic Paint (Black)

Chipboard accents by Craft O’Clock.

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