Heart-Shaped Welcome Sign

Heart-Shaped Welcome Sign

Posted by DecoArt on Mar 31st 2014

A heart-shaped, 3D tin sign is the basis for this unique wall accent made with Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • transfer paper
    • #2 round brush
    • 3/4" wash brush
    • stylus
    • palette knife
    • 3/8" lunar blender brush
    • 1/4" deerfoot stippler brush
    • #10 filbert brush
    • old toothbrush
    • 10" x 10" puffed tin heart
    • #10/0 liner brush


    1. Base the tin heart with a coat of Black Tie using a large wash/flat brush. Let dry and repeat the process.
    2. Transfer the pattern onto the heart with white graphite paper and a stylus.
    3. Use a palette knife to mix Dimensional Effects with Canary (1:1). (Really press on palette knife to mix Dimensional Effects into the paint well until it is creamy like mayonnaise. Add more paint if needed to achieve this consistency.)
    4. Use a #10 filbert brush to paint Dimensional Effects/Canary mix on flower petals, starting at the tip of the petal and pulling in towards center. (Make sure to pick up a lot of mix and lightly press on brush. Each petal will take three or four stokes to complete. Try to pull in nice long strokes so you get fewer brush marks although some brush marks will just add to texture of petal.)
    5. Use a palette knife to mix Lipstick and Dimensional Effects for red flower and then Lipstick, Canary, and Dimensional Effects for orange flower, painting petals in the same fashion as step #4 above.
    6. Use a deerfoot stippler brush to apply Snow-Tex to the flower centers. (They should look much like donuts, adding more texture around edges and less in the center. Do not add any paint to Snow-Tex as it won’t hold its shape very well.)
    7. Let dry (or speed dry with hairdryer on low setting) and basecoat centers Coffee Bean.
    8. For yellow flower: Shade flower petals along the bottoms and near the flower center with angle shader brush using Lipstick and Canary. (Shading is indicated by little dots on pattern. See photo for placement.)
    9. While shading float is still wet, mop lightly back and forth to soften and to get rid of any brush marks. Float again: this time with Lipstick near the flower center.
    10. Use a lunar blender brush to add a highlight on the petal with Cotton Ball. Wet lunar blender brush and then tap off all excess water. Pick up Cotton Ball and then blend back and forth on palette to get rid of excess paint and evenly distribute it on brush. Lightly brush highlight on upper middle area of each petal.
    11. For the red flower: Shade the flower with Lipstick and a touch of Black Tie. Mop to soften. Repeat with same color to darken.
    12. Use a lunar blender brush to dry-brush a highlight on the petals with Canary. (If color is too bright, just add a touch of Lipstick to Canary.)
    13. For the orange flower: Shade each petal with Lipstick plus touches of Canary and Black Tie. Dry-brush the highlights with a lunar blender brush and Canary.
    14. Stipple flower centers again with Coffee Bean. Add a touch of Black Tie to Coffee Bean and stipple in some shadow in the middle of the flower centers and around the bottom of the outside edges.
    15. Wipe brush clean. Pick up a little Lipstick and add a little close to shaded areas. Pick up Canary and stipple this into brightest areas very lightly.
    16. Paint lettering in True Blue using a #2 round brush. Let dry. Highlight the tops of the letters with a #2 round brush pulling Canary from top about 1/2 of the way down. Repeat to brighten. Add a few little dashes of Canary around the flower petals as well.
    17. To finish, use an old toothbrush to spatter Lipstick and then Canary on to the heart, wetting toothbrush just slightly first: Pick up paint and then pull the bristles back with fingers. (Make sure to test the spatters on palette paper first before going onto piece so you don’t get any really large spatters.)


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