Monday 2 February 2015

It's a Love/Hate Thing - Feb challenge with HDH

February - that month when many will be concentrating on that day that falls in the middle. That day when more than a few of you will be declaring your love to those whom your affections have settled on. What's the flip side of that bundle of emotions that many call Love? Hate of course. This is the theme for the challenge over at Haunted Design House. Love and it's flip side - Hate. So's a

Love/Hate Thing

This is a Christmas ornament that I started painting but just couldn't finish. For a few different reasons. It seemed the apt project to complete for this month's piece. A heart shaped wooden piece that has two totally different finishes on it. 
Decoart products used throughout.
The first side features a technique that I first attempted with the help of a dear friend and fellow minion - Black Dragon. This project had me all on my own.
Stamping into clay. I used a few of the images from the Rick St Dennis rubber collection from Smeared Ink - Dark Holidaze

The piece was painted in Americana Antique Teal then dry brushed over with copper from the Dazzling Metallics range

The flip side
This was first painted with white Gesso to give a textured finish. When dry a coat of Americana Golden Straw was painted on and dry brushed with Americana White Wash. Then an old tooth brush used to spatter Americana Cherry Red. The swirls are from the "Paris" Stencil - again available from Decoart with the same Cherry Red paint.
The image is from De Stempenwinkel Gothic Halloween plate #47. Stamped onto tissue paper and applied with Decoart Decou-page.
To hang - a piece of coiled copper wire with a length of black organza ribbon.

Your turn - you can have upto three projects entered in each month. Are you in a lovey dovey mood or has this emotion turned sour? Come show us all at the HDH dungeon - we'd love to see where your heart lies.

I'd like to enter this heart into the challenge at
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes


  1. Soo cool, Helen! Love that textured side, especially. Still haven't tried that technique. Great project! xxD

  2. This is beautiful Helen! I want to touch both sides, and I love the fact that you've created something with two such different textures to represent two such different emotions - very clever!

  3. Stunning heart and two very different sides of it, I like it a lot! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics!
    Hugs, Elenor

  4. very cool texture you got there... and the other side is pretty too! thanks for joining the SAC this month and hope to see you again / dt lisa

  5. Love this Helen. Great texture you achieved with stamping in the clay. Love it. Thanks for joining in at Smudgy Antics this month

  6. So wicked cool Helen, I love it! Thanks so much for playing at Smudgy Antics this month!

  7. Fab work there Helen! I love the texture of the stamped clay. Thank you for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics x

  8. Wow I love the reverse side. That red really makes the image pop. Hope to see your work next month.