Hearts Galore Collaboration!




I am still dabbling with gel medium transfer!  When I gathered a little pile of random heart shapes I knew it would make a fantastic mixed media collage. I wanted to  feature a gel medium background instead of paper decoupage which is “old stuff” now.  LOL


Heart Shapes to Make a Collage


I purchased some cool background papers on Etsy, printed them and made a sample of the pattern.



Then I tried the hearts on the paper to see if my idea was going to work!



Put a good coat of gel medium on the canvas.  Then place the squares of background paper face down rubbing out all the bubbles.



When the paper is COMPLETELY dry, put the canvas under running water and rub, rub, rub.  Gently rub off all the inkjet paper and a delicate background is exposed.  When the canvas was dry I used acrylic paint to cover the sides and applied some German die-cut foil trim to the edge.



I hurried to attach the hearts with Aleene’s Tacky Glue and took a quick photo so I could contact a wonderful blogger: Elsie!  Her blog is Ramblings of a Writer   and I was curious if she would be interested in writing a poem for the center heart shaped cookie cutter.  I wanted her to see the collage so she could get a visual of the size and the collection.

I was thrilled she consented and had a poem for me the same day!  She specializes in technical poetry which is beyond my comprehension.  I can’t wrap my head around  tanka and bussokusekika  poetry but I do know when words are so aptly stated that they jump off the page.  Elsie’s poetry does that, however her poem was longer than I could fit in my heart shaped cookie cutter so I only used the first paragraph.




It was a fun collaboration and I appreciate Elsie (who lives in New Zealand!) participating. A big thank you to Elsie!   You can read the complete poem:

Mixture of Haiku/Senryu, Tanka, Bussokusekika Poetry for the Heart

There is a big estate sale in the morning….I can hardly wait to see what I will find!TGIF!



Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

9 thoughts

    1. Thanks so much for your beautiful poem, I wish it could all fit on my collage, but the words that I did use said exactly what I wanted to say with the collage!!!!! You are so talented and I appreciate your blog and your sweet encouraging spirit! YOU ARE A BLESSING!

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