January 23, 2011

♥ Sweet Hearts ♥

With the beginning of the new year I had several fragmentary ideas in mind what I would like to do in my studio. I had never worked with the back of a canvas before and so I wanted to try that. Then, with Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought of sewing some hearts and another plan was to use bees wax again in some creations. However, every time I entered my creative space, I played around a bit with some supplies but I wasn’t inspired and ended up sorting my stash or ironing laundry. That didn’t make me too happy, LOL.

On Monday, all of a sudden, my scrappy ideas fell into place and I created a Valentine's collage on the back of a canvas, using a fabric heart and adding some bees wax.


Here you can see that I had melted bees wax on the background and as well on an old handwritten letter that I had cut into strips and adhered to the inner border of the canvas. I love to use wax on double sided book pages or letters because it makes the reverse side shining through.




Coeur is the French word for heart. I had cut it out of a French dictionary.



After I had finished the collage, I was in the mood for some more Valentine themed things and so I created these embellishments


and a bookmark.


“You complete me”

Don’t you just love that quote from the movie “Jerry Maguire”?

bookmark detail

I used the large heart, some lace and a button to prettify a simple linen shopping tote.

shopping tote 

Are you working on or have you finished any Valentine’s projects? I would love to hear about them.

Have a wonderful week, dear friends!





Lululiz said...

Well, Julia, it might have been a while coming, but when inspiration did finally strike, it did a fabulous job! I love your collage on the canvas back. So many fantastic elements. I think if I saw it in real life, I would spent ages and ages, fondling it, tracing things with my fingertips, and oohing and aaahing over it. It really is an exquisite piece.

Beth Leintz said...

I love all the details on your back of the canvas piece- but I equally love the simplicity of the bookmark- so inspiring.

Karen said...

I love your blog,and have been following for a while I don't think I've commented before...I love this project it is just gorgeous.

Kathy said...

This turned out just lovely. All the little additions just make this piece pop. Love it! - Kathy

Elena Litvinova said...

Very nice and elegant! Gentle and romantic panorama

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

Julia, so beautiful! Such an inspiration. Have a great Sunday Rita mammabellarte

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Julia, Your work is just beautiful. I love Valentines and oh how beautiful your creations are. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week. Terri

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, Julia, you create such beauty!!! It is all just so lovely!!!


Robin said...

Stunning piece and your details are incredible!


Minna Perälä said...

Truly amazing artwork, Julia!!! LOVE them all!!

Have a nice week <3 <3

Hugs, Minnamarika

Dorthe said...

Hallo meine liebe Julia,

This is the most beautifull Valentine collage, ever-you truly had´your muse with you, --
oh wie schön, und so wunderbar voll von kleine erlebnisse überall-ich bin total verliebt süsseste!
Du muss mir einmal erklären wie du mit der beeswax machts-habe ich nicht probiert,-aber will so gerne!!

Und deine buchmark ist auch so ganz schön und süss, Julia wie auch deine einkauff tasche.

Du hast so wunderbar kreativ gewesen, macht mir gut, und freue mich sehr.
Alles liebe, und alles gute-
mange, mange knus und kys- und liebe grüsse.
Deine Dorthe

Karen said...

There you are my friend! Wondering what you were up to! Happy New Year - and almost Happy Valentines Day!
LOVE THESE! I love, love, love the tote. OMG too cute!
I have worked on the backside of a canvas and really enjoyed it. At first we were making something very similar out of a thick Styrofoam but I then discovered the canvas was much easier; half the work! Love that!
Not sure if you caught the post of the soldering class I took. I was thinking of you a lot that day because I was using 2 of the special little hearts you had given me. (I know - I hoard!) Now my piece is just that much more special to me cause there is a little bit of you in it too! YAY!
Glad to see you out and about!
Take care and have a great week!
Hugs! Karen

Sue said...

Julia, beautiful! A wonderful idea using the back of the canvas, as you have a built in frame LOL. Love it!

For some reason not all your pics loaded for me, but what I can see is sheer gorgeousity! (is there such a word?)

"However, every time I entered my creative space, I played around a bit with some supplies but I wasn’t inspired and ended up sorting my stash or ironing laundry."

Oh gosh - that has happened to me repeatedly lately. Maybe today will be the day when I actually stop playing with 'stuff' and do something!



Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
love all your beautiful Valentine projects! So many lovely details to look at! As always beautiful!!
Have a wonderful week my friend.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh Julia...what beautiful creations. I especially love the LOVE...that is so precious.

The Jule Box Studios said...

I am so inspired! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome pieces!

xoxo Jules:)

"The Jule Box"

Carole said...

I was so excited Julia when I saw you had posted. I'm sure you are happy to not be ironing anymore and creating again. It does feel good when the juices come back and they certainly have for you. I love what you've created. You always know just the right details to use and it's a treat for the eyes to inspect every well chosen piece.
As for myself...
I've done very little creative wise except just recently with painting a few things around the house....but that doesn't really count. Oh a jacket that I've attempting to alter...still a ways to go.
Welcome back!

Susan deGeneres said...

Your Valentine collage is just lovely. And I love the bookmark.

I'm mailing a package to you tomorrow and can't wait to see what you do with some of the goodies I've included. There are pictures on my blog if you want a peek.


Guriana said...

As always beautiful!!...:))
I love your laces:))

Lisa said...

Wow, your collage is simply stunning! So many details to drool over and such beautiful laces. Truly inspirational.

Tina said...

Oh Julia - your collage is SO beautiful. Love all the details. Such a great idea with canvas.
Wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend
Big hugs

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Julia,
Your canvas is so inspiring. It must have been the smell of freshly ironed linen that helped your creative juices. I find ironing very calming.
Good to hear from you.
Hugs, Angela.

LiLi M. said...

That canvas is simply gorgeous. Working on the inside of the canvas is something I haven't tried yet. I love the Valentine theme and how you have worked it out! All those layers of sweetness! That tote and the bookmarks are so lovely too. It may have taken a while, but you are totally back in the flow, keep it like that and let us enjoy too! Have a great week, hugs LiLi

Oxana said...

Gorgeous!!!! I love all the details!!!

My Creative House said...

Dear Julia your Valentin collage is gorgeous, so many wonderful things on the frame and in the hole, the other Valentin things are very beautyfully done, love your work. Have a nice week dear.
Hugs Anni

Mosaic Magpie said...

I found your blog from Susan's post today. From your first photo I was hooked. I am your newest follower!

Martina said...

Mein Gott, was ist das schöööööön!
Wirklich ein Traum, liebe Julia! Bin mal wieder total begeistert!
Wünsche Dir eine schöne Woche!

June said...

Oh Julia, this collage is just so lovely! So lovely! All the vintage lace and bits make it really special.
Your Valentine creations are inspiring me to get a little something done for the special day too. I should do something pretty for me daughters!
Thank you for posting this beauty.
sending hugs...

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Hi Julia! All the pieces you've shared are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous art and providing some great inspiration.

Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Julia this is the most beautiful and exquisite piece of work. there is so much beauty to look at.
I have a freebie on my dezinaworld blog today for just one day and thought i would also let you know about it so you can grab it while its there. Have a lovely week
take care for now

Charlene said...

LOVE IT! And the saying... Love Completes Me was wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Charlene

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi Julia
This makes my heart melt it is so gorgeous. Using the back of a canvas is a favourite of mine (have one prepared for February). It is such a fun way to work with a canvas. Beautiful artwork, beautifully photographed.
Have a lovely week.
Lynne M

Sandi said...

This piece is awesome Julie! I had to laugh at your first paragraph beause that sounds just like me! I get a lot of nothing done in my creative space. I was cleaning it last night and I told hubby it seemed that I was only moving things from one room to another. LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh you clever girl using the back of the canvas so it formed a frame!
It's beautiful and inventive!

Collected Vintage Charm said...

So many pretty things.... I just found your blog & so happy I did! Very inspiring, I'll be back! :)

Unknown said...

Hi! I've come over from Susan's blog and I'm so glad I did...
You made me laugh with the "you complete me" project. I love it!
Looking forward to visiting more.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Julia Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a beautiful comment about my journal. Yes like you I can't live without my laces and rich vintage fabrics. Your blog is truely inspirational as you must know from the people that love you. This latest creation is awesome with so much in it - it takes your eye around every little detail! Gorgeous work!
Hugs, Suzy
P.S. I am now your latest follower!

MOMENTS Designs said...

There is only one thing I can say..."Beautiful"!

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Julia, for your visit to my place.

I so love your works of art, a soft beauty in a piece made of altering pieces, mixed-media, paper and love!

I could so see your work living amoung my pieces.

beauty you create.
Thank you for your beautiful comment left at my place.

Lisa said...

So good to see your post! I always get so much inspiration from your ideas. I love the idea of using the back of the canvas, what a natural frame for art. I love all the embellishments & the words you used. Very, VERY cool my friend! I like the free range stitching you did on the hearts, do you have a free motion needle for your machine? I bought one last year. I play with it, but it takes practice!!! I still usually just use my regular foot. I've been playing with some heart & valentine themed work as well. Hopefully I'll actually get a couple finished in time for the holiday! Hope your doing well sweetie.

Angela said...

Thank you Julia for showing me the way to your beautiful blog, I'm your follower now.
I love your collage with all that lace.

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Du bist sooo kreativ liebe Julia. Man kann schon in Deinen tollen Fotos schwelgen. Wie erst muss diese schöne Collage erst in natura aussehen. Ein romantischer Spitzentraum.
Vielen lieben Dank auch für Deine lieben Wünsche für unseren Nicki.
Ein schönes Wochenende wünsche ich Dir. Liebe Grüße, Birgit

Alexandra said...

Wenn man deinen Post liest bekommt man richtig Lust auf Valentin und Herzen! Klasse Sachen meine Liebe. Dein Stofftäschchen ist total zauberhaft geworden Julia.
liebe Grüße Alexandra

vintage wil said...

Oh your work is so gorgeous so lovely !!!!

Susan said...

I loved it all...... Susan

Viola said...

Ooops, das ist mir doch alles dadurch gegangen! Super, super schön, Julchen! ;o))) Gefällt mir sehr, wie immer, hihi!!

HeARTworks said...

Oh dear I'm all confused. I said in the OWOH comment it was my first time to visit your blog, then when I clicked to follow you, I'm already a follower! Patsy.paterno (at) gmail.com from

marie said...

I wish I could get a little of your inspiration! These projects are amazing. The collage is beautiful...I love all your little touches. Your Valentine things are sweet. The bookmark is so simple & sweet. What wonderful little gifts you've created!

Collected Vintage Charm said...

So tickled you stopped by....I do adore your work & I absolutely love "You Complete ME". What a perfect touch to your creation. That was one of my all time fav movies. :)

Carol said...

Beautiful. I would have never thought to use the back of a canvas. Would make a great shadow box.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

You have a beautiful blog! I'm having so much fun blog hopping. I hope you'll find some time to visit mine for my giveaway.



Dena said...

Hi Julia,

The information for the singer can be found here. I love the song.


Dena #324 OWOH

Susan Burgess said...

Julia! You make such uterly beautiful pieces I know just where I would hang one if I won! Please chose me! Sanna

Jennifer R.D. said...

Wow Julia!
These are gorgeous!!!! Please neter my name! I hope you visit me at # 84!
Have fun with OWOH!

Leanne said...

So beautiful! I love your work :)

Sugar Lump Studios said...

this is an amazing piece! I love all the gorgeous lace and wonderful composition! the heart is just the perfect touch!

Carol said...

I am one of your followers and absolutely love your work. You are so talented and blessed.

Bunty said...

Such pretty items - they are beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.


Carmen said...

All these projects are just lovely, but I especially love the framed collage!! It's spectacular and should be in a magazine for others to enjoy! What creativity!!