Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Healed Heart Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!

For years I have loved the simple shape of the heart and back when I was single it seems that much of my creative subject matter revolved around angry women and broken hearts (very telling about my love life back then!) I've come a long way since those days and when I met my husband my heartache of the past seemed to heal. To this day, I am amazed at how resilient our hearts are- we experience loss, pain and a myriad of life challenges and through care, faith, time and healing our hearts somehow keep loving.


These days being married and little more stable in the love department, I have often tried to visualize what my heart might look like today- colorful? put back together? messy? patched up? spots of shine? Our hearts can be wounded, beat up, broken and lost but amazingly they can be put back together, healed, more beautiful and stronger than before. This simple project is my tribute to the imperfections that come with love and matters of the heart.


Start with your favorite fabric, hand painted fabric or even paper. Choose colors that represent your heart.


Cut out a heart (a piece for the front and a back)


Use hand sewing and/or the sewing machine and colorful thread to begin the process of adding layers, color and texture to your heart that represent your own experiences-


Use found objects, string, twine or even wire on the surface,



use the surface to journal and write your story


use bright or metallic thread to represent shine


use colorful beads and sequins for sparkle.


When you are satisfied with the surface of your heart, sew up the edges and leave an opening for stuffing- stuff and sew closed.


if you like, continue to add to your heart


by wrapping with wire, twine and more thread.




optional- add wings!


I will be giving away all 5 of these hearts to 5 readers!

Here are the rules-
Leave me a comment with 1 word that describes your heart
check back Thursday when I will draw 5 names!

155 comments:

the camp said...

tender

Shannon @ High on the Hill creations said...

mending

Russty said...

Raw

Kim said...

Open

Anart Island Studio said...

aching

susie carranza said...

recovering

Terri Sproul said...

flying

Steph said...

Grateful

jodi of the creative JAR said...

open

Anna said...

Loving!

Ro Bruhn said...

loving

LRW said...

happy

Kelly Donovan said...

hopeful

Diana said...

smarter

Kathleen said...

free

it's that mykle! said...

AAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

Full

celine.c said...

hope

Kathryn Hansen said...

doctoring

Karina said...

Numb

Sue said...

Hopeful

Sue said...

Whoops - see i am not the only one who is hopeful. I am
yearning
as well

TamV said...

exhausted

Carol said...

self-healing

The Muse said...

lonely

patty said...

aggrandizing

michelle tessmann said...

FULL

michelle tessmann said...
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Mariposa said...

accessible.

serendipity said...

aching

hugs
joan

Jan said...

Thrilled!

In My Head Studios said...

bursting

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

MENDING!!

Leslie said...

numb

Anonymous said...

wounded,
Janet

Deanne said...

anxious

polishedtwo.etsy.com said...

BOLD!

Melissa M (Lagaz) said...

Bright!

skyerae said...

multifaceted

mystele said...

searching

The Adventurous Art Teacher said...

melancholy

treebelly said...

verdant

Bree said...

mournful

Jo Reimer said...

JOYFUL

Cindy Swan-Eagan said...

overflowing

Nicole Maki said...

Grateful

icandy... said...

embellished

Dawnie said...

Heavy

Jackie said...

giving!

Jeanette said...

grace

Lisa Gallup said...

expandable

Ashley said...

pure-ish

joanna said...

pushover :) But that's a good thing

kittyj said...

FULL

Theartistsnest said...

Artistic!

Kim Mailhot said...

big

Dotti said...

Inspired!

snowbird42 said...

soft and aging

snowbird42 said...

soft and aging

Robinsunne said...

indomitable

Mary said...

becoming (the real me)

Debbie said...

Peaceful

Debbie said...

Peaceful

Caryn Lynn said...

kind

MissMary said...

PURPLE!

Jill said...

full!
http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com

Kathleen Kibblehouse said...

Heavy. My neice's best friend was shot and killed by her father in Westford, MA last night. it will change who she is. Even if I don't win this give away, I am grateful for the tutorial because I can use it to create a broken/healed heart to send her.

Gwynnie B said...

LIFE

Tif said...

Distracted.

Victory said...

strong

Natalie said...

eager

Eddy J said...

uncertain

Jeannie said...

searching

Cristi - 2 If By Sea said...

enduring

Lesley said...

faithful

Wendy said...

growing

Monkey Mind said...

Closed.

Dana said...

resilient

Poetic Dreams said...

BROKEN

Gio said...

Blossom

Inge said...

Flower

Ali "Gator" Gitt said...

yearning

Queenie said...

Bursting!
in a good way though,lol.

Megan Warren said...

tumescent

mkayteem on scs said...

Hopeful

Anonymous said...

overwhelmed
Hugs, Nicole

Susan said...

full

AlexM said...

for once, I was about to leave a comment because I really {heart} this project:) and at the end of your post a surprise was waitng for me!
so my word is:
confused

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial, i will definitely make one!

nadia said...

aching

Marie-Aimée said...

exhausted

nacherluver said...

strong

Lisa said...

chipped

winnsangels said...

hopeful

Jane LaFazio said...

wow. so many comments, so many different feelings, descriptions, emotions...
my heart is light.

Shelley Malone said...

striving

C Pohl said...

Assemblage!!

Karen said...

exuberant!

Karen said...

Thankful!

Amy Lynn said...

repaired

miz katie said...

bursting

molly said...

joyful

Zura said...

strong

Tara said...

ready

patty a. said...

focused

judy coates perez said...

shattered

Ana Rita said...

Fool ;)

BonBon said...

wiser

Chitra said...

"Forgiving"

Kat said...

resilient

Tiffany said...

pulsing

(i can feel it beating really hard right this second.. ps this is super super super awesome and i can't wait to get some ME-time to do this tutorial. love your work alisa! xoxo)

M said...

Healing

Vone said...

Peaceful

The Dreaming Bear said...

peaceful

Megan P said...

Brimming

Ida Gray said...

Complete!

Laura Stewart said...

lonely

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

colorful.

Cindy Ericsson said...

resurrected

Belinda said...

healed

Phoenix Peacock said...

compassionate

Linda said...

Renewed

martha brown said...

tired

Deb's Artful Journey said...

kind

altermyworld said...

Brok-en

Anonymous said...

full

Lynette Smith
brundol@comcast.net

Household 6 said...

...Bursting

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Open.

Staci Danford said...

Healed!

jody said...

strong!

Lisa said...

overflowing

juliesteinerart said...

fulfilled

juliesteinerart said...
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Zauna said...

growing

Lauren said...

Complete

Brie said...

overflowing

S. said...

Thrilled!

screamingATtheWALL said...

glowing

Deanne said...

I've done it! I've made my heart and thank you, its opened my eyes xxx I'll treasure it always x

{Jodie} said...

surrendered

Irish Kathi said...

BRILLIANT

ARTISUN said...

Free

Kayla Christine said...

Waiting......Am I too late?

curlysusieQ said...

flourishing

Marieke said...

Loving

Claudine Intner said...

exhausted

www.muebles.pl said...

Wow, there is so much effective info above!

Steft said...

true

Janice Mead said...

Armored

shelley said...

Dear Alisa,
I know this is an old post I know but-my heart is broken and I am going to make some of these today-felt compelled to let you know and thank you for sharing this idea with all-
shelley in colorado

melia hartley said...

wounded.

thank you for your inspiration and lovely tutorials

Dianne said...

CHERISHED
I was going to say mournful, as my husband passed recently... I suppose broken or sorrowful would work too... healing, mending, strong... yes... grateful... yes that too... but since he made me feel this way, I think I'll say: CHERISHED.

Anonymous said...

aching

Unknown said...

aching

Anonymous said...

aching

octoberXobscene said...

Jaded

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