You will need:
1. Papier-mâché heart (mine has been primed with matt emulsion paint beforehand)
2. selection of printed napkins/dinner serviettes
3. selection of stamps, flowers and embellishments
4. Decopatch glue (watered down PVA would work too).
5. Old paintbrush and a pencil.
After priming your papier-mâché heart, separate the plies of the serviettes. Depending on how transparent you want the images/patterns to be, you can either use the printed ply only or leave the second white ply for crispier images.
Add some stamping with inks and acrylic paints for added interest.
When you are ready to cover your heart, using an old paintbrush apply an even layer of glue (not too much but not too little either)
Cover the heart with the napkin, crimpling it gently as you go. I love the extra texture you get with the little creases and they will also help you hide any accidental tears. Once you've got the main side covered, cut the napkin in a few places where the heart curves. This will help you with glueing and overlapping the napkins in those tricky parts.
Glue all overlapping excess napkin in place around the sides of the heart.
On another piece of serviette draw around the shape, allow a margin to cover the entire back of the heart.
You can also add scraps of napkin to the sides for full coverage, if necessary.
Fussy cut some images from other napkins to compliment your design. Try to cut quite close to the printed image, but you don't have to be too precise. The napkins will blend in nicely and you will hardly see the areas around the added images, if at all.
After you are finished with collaging your images onto the background napkin, apply a generous layer of the glue to varnish it. Allow it to air dry fully. When dry, you can add some shimmering mists for an added sparkle.
To finish, add a selection of embellishments.
To embellish my heart I added a handful of beautiful flowers (Prima and Petaloo), ribbons, pearl pins and a cheese cloth, for a lovely shabby chic look.
Behind the flowers I tucked in this amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, heart-squeezing image from Paperbag Studios (Dress Up) which I recently won from the Happy Daze shop (thank you so much!!! x).
I hope you've enjoyed this little tutorial and are inspired to try some napkin art - make sure to let me know what you created! Next time you have a fancy dinner with beautuful serviettes, think twice before you throw any away! lol ;)).
If you're looking for more shabby chic decoupage inspiration, check out my altered mixed media vanity box and my dry decoupage technique video tutorial.
Enjoy the weekend!
Ps. The super lucky winner of my 2nd Blogaversary candy will be announced tomorrow!