This is a touched up copy of a collage I planned and executed last weekend. It may sound cheesy, but I am very attracted to making hearts. I started out making valentines when I was in college – cutting out magazine pictures and putting them on top of heart doilies. Pretty simple.
A couple of years ago, I made many black and white valentines out of images that I found on the internet and collaged to look relatively seamless. My first CafePress.com shop was made up of colored versions of my designs. You can see them here. One day, I will compile a book or coloring book from the black and white images. I also had a lot of fun making large tableaux on 11 by 17 sheets of typing paper.
At the end of the last school year, I started “collecting” ex votos and tin ornaments in the shape of hearts. I have found so many different designs, and they serve a inspiration for another of my shops, Milagros. I scan in my line drawn designs and use Photoshop to add color and details. Right now, I have designs with the Virgin of Guadalupe, Frida Kahlo, Jesus, La Sirena, and La Adelita.
Now, I am collecting stencils and shapes to use to create those same heart designs in collage. A lot of what I’ve done lately have been hand-cut, but I did make stencils out of cardstock to recreate this design. It was a whole project wherein I blew up the design in Microsoft Publisher and pieced together a poster. Then, I used that as a reference for the shapes I needed for my stencil. Fun, huh? One day, maybe I will put together a stencil set so others can make their own!