I love to decorate for the holidays… any holiday! Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites with a palette of teal, pinks, reds, and grey. My mantel has a touch of gold and lots of white too. This lovely project started with a blank wooden circle of planks. I bought it, unfinished at one of the craft stores. It sat in my closet for a long while until I decided to do something with it. The result is pretty and I could leave it up through spring if I wanted to!
The unfinished wood needed something to give it a whitewashed look. I gently brushed Haute Mess acrylic in Naked over the slats. Leaving some of the wood showing for a distressed look.
Digging through my stash of alterable items, I found this frame and used Haute Mess acrylic in Drop Dead Gorgeous. When it was mostly dry, I used a baby wipe to distress it by wiping away the top layer on the dots.
I picked up the wooden “&” somewhere (Can you see a theme here? I hoard items to use later!) and wanted to create an ombre look. So, I started with Sweet Candy Kisses and blended the middle with Couture Pink and then finally used Broken Doll. The key is to blend with the brush while the overlapping colors are wet.
Finally, I painted a few chipboard embellishments with Bad & Tatted, which is a gorgeous dark grey/ black color. It’s not quite black but more of a beautiful charcoal grey.
I added some Broken Doll pink to the flowers and used a dotted stencil to add some Haute Mess Molding Paste for texture behind the frame. I adhered the frame and ampersand using a mixed media glue.
I tucked in a few metal embellishments, a nest, and a bit of bling and pearls. I loved how it came out and it looks so lovely on my mantel. It could be hung on a door instead of a wreath as well.