Believe in Love -Karen Elaine

Twelve years ago I was diagnosed and treated for Stage IV breast cancer. For many years before the diagnosis my heart was frozen in hurt and anger and I believe my illness was a manifestation of those emotions. While I received aggressive treatment for the cancer, I also sought a spiritual path for healing and healing my heart as well as my body was essential to survival. When I saw the Sacred Geometry series stencils I could hardly wait to use them in my work!                         

I created a three dimensional heart as a focal point for meditation to visualize love and compassion for all beings including myself. It serves as a reminder to believe that anything is possible as long as I believe in Love.

Apply a coat of gesso onto the entire surface of the papier mache heart to seal the surface for painting. Apply a coat of Ruby acrylic paint to all surface areas of the heart and let dry.

Lay the small Heart Chakra stencil onto the heart and apply violet paint using a small stencil brush. Center the Sacred Heart stencil over the Heart Chakra image and apply paint. Keep the stencil brush as dry as possible to avoid seepage under the stencil.

Fill in details of the heart by using an assortment of acrylic paints. I used green as the main color for the heart and highlighted with white and detailed with black and blue. The rays were created blending red, orange and yellow. I love how the colors pop in this! For the back of the heart I applied violet paint to the Believe stencil.

I used the Permawriter Pen to detail, write text and sign the piece. The Permawriter is great for writing on painted surfaces as it won’t smear or fade. Once everything is dry, varnish it entirely with a satin water based sealer.

I hope this project will warm your heart as much as it did mine.

Enjoy!

Supplies:

Paper Mache Heart Ornament (I found mine at a local craft store but you can find them online) https://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/basics-paper-mache-specialty/2833-44

ACS090c Heart Chakra Stencil

ACS078 Sacred Heart Series

ACS035b Believe stencil

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in assorted colors

Gesso

Yasutomo Permawriter pen .07 (for detailing)




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2 Responses

Yvonne Reeder
Yvonne Reeder

March 16, 2016

Beautiful heart-art from a beautiful artist-heart!

Briana
Briana

March 16, 2016

Oh, Karen! You are amazing. Thank you for sharing not only your fabulous art, but a bit of your healing journey, as well. Believing in the power of love right along with you!
Blessings to you,
Briana

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