2 Easy MIXED MEDIA Heart Canvas Art tutorials

Today I’m sharing 2 easy Mixed Media Heart Canvas Art ideas. These are both a great beginner project idea that you can recreate following the tutorials!

This simple heart canvas art is fun with bright colors that would work well in a kid’s room, craft room, or as a gift!

I share many more easy Mixed Media Canvas Tutorials on this blog! This would also make the perfect craft idea for Valentine’s Day, make a crafternoon of it with friends!


Supplies you will need:

How to make your Heart Canvas Art:

Step 1: Cover the entire canvas with the old paper using the gel medium as glue. Add some gesso over it to bring in some white color and fade out the text.


Step 2: Rub some gelatos onto patterned papers to bring in a deeper color. I love the slight gradient/ombre look you get.

If you haven’t used gelatos before, they go on like crayons and almost have the soft consistency of lipstick.


Step 3: Freehand draw and cut out a heart shape from some scrap paper.

Cut up the above-patterned papers into random bits and adhere to the heart.

Trim off the excess overhang around the heart and carefully adhere to the canvas using the gel medium.


Step 4: Let the colored papers curl up a bit while you are adhering to them. This adds some dimension and makes the Heart Canvas Art cuter.


The Heart canvas art is all done and ready to be hung on your wall. This is a really easy DIY and one that you can most definitely make with kids.

Heart Canvas Art
Heart Canvas Art

Let me know in the comments below if you do make a Heart Canvas Art like this yourself 🙂



I chose a small 5 by 5-inch square canvas for this project.


Step 1: Choose some paper doilies and form an arrangement over the canvas. Cut out a heart shape from white cardstock using a microtip scissor.


Step 2: Adhere the doilies down with some mod podge, and then cut then using a sharp micro tip scissor to fold them over edges of the canvas. If there are some slight wrinkles in the doily, that is ok. Let this dry for a few hours and then gently sand the entire canvas. The sanding will create a roughness for the paint.

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Step 3: Using some watercolors add color to the canvas. Since I used watercolors I added two coats of paint. You could easily use acrylic paints too. Add a few splatters of paint to create some interest in the canvas.

Many often wonder “can you watercolor on canvas” and this is my hack to do it!

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Step 4: Cut a heart shape from some patterned paper using a micro tip scissor. Stamp a chevron pattern and emboss using some gold powder. I purposely didn’t stamp the image entirely here, I pressed lightly on the stamp, to give a slightly distressed effect.

Add some brads, some stickers to bring color and texture to the heart shape.


Step 5: Add a thick layer of mod podge onto the canvas now. Place some yellow twine onto the canvas while the adhesive is still wet. Cover the back of the heart with a mod podge and press onto the canvas. Let dry.


Step 6: Cover the entire canvas with a coat of mod podge or water based varnish and let dry overnight. And your Mixed media Heart Art canvas is ready!

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mixed media heart art

Mixed Media Heart canvas Art Conclusion:

Most of the supplies you need for these Mixed Media Heart art are supplies you might already have at home. That’s the beauty of Mixed media projects- anything goes. Pull stuff from your kitchen, or even use up old scrapbooking supplies and give them a whole new spin.

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Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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