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fingerprints of love ~ loveprints

June 19, 2011

Scenes from a typical day in this little spot on the map…..

Me (walking into the kitchen & seeing Cristy standing near the toaster):  yum, that toast smells wonderful

Cristy: that’s because it’s a pop tart

Me: makes sense.

That’s a love print.  A funny loving moment etched into my memory.  Some love prints are tangible objects that resemble our feelings.

Our first anniversary is fast approaching.  Two, in fact.  Our wedding took place precisely 2 years and 1 day after the day that we met.  So we have an official anniversary in addition to our own special recognition of that very first date.  Our own love day.

In the spirit of giving from the heart (and also because I really suck at selecting gifts), I decided to make something for Cristy for our love day.  A love print.  I thought about it for a long long time (found some wonderful inspiration here) and ultimately decided on an art project, combining some of our favorite things:  photography, mosaic, collage paper stripes and the seashore.  In this case, the photographs act as mosaic tiles.

It’s a collage of hearts on canvas.  Many of the hearts are found natural objects that now reside in our home.  A few other hearts are manufactured by arranging seaglass, buttons or beads into the shape of a heart.   I photographed them all.

I started assembling the collage by layering torn paper on the canvas with mod podge, then applying watercolor very lightly.  The paint absorbed into the creases and torn areas.  Next (channeling Pollock) I added dots and splatters.

Finally, I cut my images into 3×4 tiles, adhered them to the canvas and added a paper ruffled border.  It’s just brown parcel-mailing paper cut with scissors and embellished with colored pen.

Finished it with our own personal logo at the bottom.

I’m hopeful that my sweet Cristybella and I will collaborate on another project like this, exhibiting even more artistic creativity.

If you’re interested in other DIY artful creations, check out the bead abacus  and modern art paper sculpture projects.

Thank you for dropping by!

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Linking to

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2011 8:53 pm

    I love this collage, and you don’t suck at picking out gifts… ILY

  2. June 19, 2011 11:08 pm

    love this!!

  3. June 20, 2011 1:10 am

    Hi Diane!

    Yeah, I know I’m not supposed to be officially blogging again until tomorrow, but when I read this post on my reader earlier, I HAD to stop by and say how much I LOVE this love print!!!

    OMG….it’s so sweet! And I LOVE how you made the collage around the hearts. BRILLIANT, my friend. Simply BRILLIANT!

    And I can’t believe you’re coming up to your anniversary already?!? It’s seems like only yesterday that you got married. I remember reading it on your post when you were at Blogger.

    Anwyay…I’ve missed ya this past week, and look forward to catching up with you this week.

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

  4. June 20, 2011 2:25 am

    How sweet. It’s a sweet gift and pretty too.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you’ll come see the safari nursery.

    Allison
    Atticmag

  5. June 20, 2011 2:29 am

    Very creative! Your artwork is really beautiful. I’m going to try this!

  6. June 21, 2011 2:06 am

    What an awesome piece of art!! Love art that has special meaning. So glad to hear from you.
    Many Hugs,
    Anne

    • June 21, 2011 6:00 pm

      Thank you Anne – you are so amazingly creative, I’m sure you know exactly how much fun it was to assemble this piece. i told the guy in the art supply store as i was buying the canvas: i really don’t know anything about art, but that doesn’t stop me🙂

  7. June 21, 2011 12:54 pm

    Saw you on MMM. So pretty & creative. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

  8. June 21, 2011 5:48 pm

    Quite simply, I love this.

  9. June 22, 2011 4:22 am

    Gifts from the heart are so much better than anything purchased. from a store. It’s beautiful!

  10. June 24, 2011 1:33 pm

    How sweet! and LOVE the frame!! xo
    😀 Lynda

  11. June 26, 2011 7:34 pm

    A great project to commemorate your special love and anniversary. Thanks so much for sharing it on Motivated Monday.
    Love to both of you.
    Pam

  12. thepseudostudio permalink
    July 1, 2011 4:28 am

    Hi! I stumbled upon your pretty blog while searching for other crafty diy’ers and I’m so glad I did! This project is sooooo beautiful and inspiring to me – my first love is paper and I’m starting to get the photography bug now so this really hit a chord. Just lovely. Also, the driftwood garland is adorable!

    -Sarah-

  13. July 6, 2011 4:03 pm

    very cool idea!!

  14. July 7, 2011 2:29 am

    This is adorable thanks for sharing🙂

  15. July 12, 2011 7:29 pm

    Paper and photo, the two work togteher so well, I featured your post this week on WorkShop Wednesday. Thanks for linking to the party! Hope to see you this week!

  16. July 20, 2011 8:33 pm

    so sweet. i love all the different hearts. perfect way to record them!

  17. July 20, 2011 11:34 pm

    Hi Diane,
    Forget my last comment inviting you to my link party. I just found your link submission (I’m a lttle behind…). Love it – a beautiful piece of artwork! Thanks so much.

  18. August 1, 2011 2:59 am

    This is beautiful. I love this idea. My 2 year old son loves hearts… I wonder if I could make a more manly version for him🙂 Thanks for linking up last week at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you back this week for our 2nd crafty link party.
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/07/craft-link-party-2-cure-for-common.html🙂 Rachel

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