Ever wondered why we have this shape?
The “heart shape” (♥) is an ideograph used to express the idea of the “heart” in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the center of emotion, including affection and love, especially (but not exclusively) romantic love.
It’s been used for hundreds of years and is still in very common usage today.
Interesting how someone so long ago got it so right that we have never changed it!
One of my favourite gifts from a recent birthday was this pack of papers…
I know, dreamy gift.
Well, how to use them…. I have a wooden heart shaped tray that I purchased from The Works. Unfortunately I don’t think they have them in stock at the moment…. but here’s what it looks like. (I expect they will re-stock)
First of all I went through the pack and selected some papers which co-ordinated well and started to plan my design.
I decided that the botanical plates design was too lovely to randomly cut so I did a background of pink and green then placed the plant images on intact.
I’ve used an ordinary PVA glue (bought in a gi-normous container by my husband and I just get a little supply when needed) you can get PVA anywhere.
It’s a great glue to use as it doesn’t stain and you can brush it all over to stick paper on firmly.
Then I cut some other papers in little squares and stuck them around the inside of the edge and then the outside too.
it’s drying now…will continue with what I did next soon.
Once dry I trimmed the edges, as I had overlapped the papers somewhat. I used a sharp craft knife.
Once trimmed, I got out my trusty gold Acrylic Paint. I use it a lot on craft projects and I really like the effect it gives. Allowed it to dry.
Finally, I gave the whole tray a coat of varnish.
Well that’s it done!
I’ll be back soon,