My winter heart

As we go on in the magical month of December, I decided to create a cardboard piece called “my winter heart”. I was again just playing around, letting my mojo lead me, using whatever came into my hand and here is the result:

First I applied some texture paste on my cardboard.

Not a lot to see, but hopefully you can still catch a bit, I thought it looks like snow balls on my background. Then I took my soft gel and came my first layer:

It looked so natural, some burlap, some jute rope, some pieces of wood and wooden beads, and some metal cord. But of course it can never be enough for me. So I had to add another layer.

I still tried to stay somewhat natural, so there came a piece of canvas fringe, some wooden buttons, some snowballs from my snowballs ribbon. My heart is also natural, wooden of course was waxed and there is a layer of black sand texture paste underneath. I also added some metal parts. Then it got a cover with gesso. And finally came the colours, Tattered Angels Glimmer mists and Glimmer Glaze. And here are some details:

My winter heart

is a mixture of cold blue like ice and warm yellow like the light that shines through the dark nights, my beating heart is cold, but still warmed up by the magic of the time, in every joy there is a bit of a sadness, even at the brightest moment there is a bit of a darkness.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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40 Responses to My winter heart

  1. Anita Mistry says:

    Totally gorgeous thank you for sharing your process. (followed link from fb group what did you make today)

  2. Jaded says:

    Your mojo led you in exactly the right direction for Winter Heart. So love the colours and that bobbin. I love this piece so much and am super inspired to gather bits and pieces, listen too my heart and create a version of my winter heart.

  3. windinn says:

    What a wonderful post, Ruth – text and photos. Thank you for sharing your Winter Heart!

  4. Lisette says:

    I actually have no words to describe my love of this piece and winter heart is the perfect title. It is a masterpiece.

  5. zksmith says:

    Oh my, this is wonderful! I like your clustering technique! There’s so much interest in this piece!

  6. Fran McGuirt says:

    Oh Ruth, this is quite a gorgeous piece, with such a affecting sentiment.

  7. Beth P says:

    I like this very much! The colors are perfect and all the texture is just fabulous!

  8. The wooden rolls remind me of cinnaman sticks, so appropriate for the time of year.

  9. Laura Bush says:

    Wow, I just love this! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Susan Carol says:

    I love this so much, love all the elements and how you’ve put it all together.

  11. Valerie-Jael says:

    This is really great, love all the layers and colours, you seem to have had fun! Valerie

  12. fantastic inspiring Mixed Media Collag Ruth! Awesome!

  13. Sharon says:

    Wonderful!, loved seeing your processes.

  14. sheila 77 says:

    What an original piece.
    I love the way you showed us how the piece progressed.

  15. Marji says:

    The textures and colors are amazing. Beautiful

  16. You express yourself so beautifully in words and in your art creations Ruth.
    This is a beautiful piece in every detail.
    You have certainly struck a cord with me in speaking to the duality of life.
    The holidays can really bring the darkness of pain and loss to the forefront more than a regular day even.
    Thank you for touching my heβ™₯rt today.

  17. this is such a rich and lush finished piece that i was pleased you sowed us how you achieved it… your process is as fascinating as the finished art…xx

  18. Thanks for sharing the process. Yes a very interesting sense of tension you have created between happiness and sorrow, bright hues and cold hues. Happy PPF

  19. So magical. I can feel the winter cold but I can also feel the warmth of your heart. It’s a lovely piece. You have inspired me.

  20. Diane says:

    You are so inspirational. Your art and creations are amazing…

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