Hey everyone! Paige Evans here today with a new layout featuring mini origami hearts.
Check out the process video to see how to create these mini origami hearts – it takes about a minute to make one and once I started I just couldn’t stop! I needed one in all.the.colors.
So I started by making a couple dozen mini origami hearts from 2″ square pieces of double-sided patterned paper. You can see how to create these hearts in the video above. Then I needed to pick a background paper. I was trying to choose between a raspberry pink paper and a salmon pink paper and then I thought to myself, why choose when I can have both?! I cut the salmon pink paper in half diagonally and adhered it onto the raspberry pink paper. Problem solved
I used my fingers to blend white gesso onto the background to soften the bright colors, tone it down, and help the paper hearts really pop off from the background. For a bit of mixed media and interest I splattered watered down white acrylic paint over the gesso and let it dry – or rather, sped up the drying process with a hair dryer I keep next to my table.
I knew I wanted to have my photo on the bottom left corner so I placed the origami hearts spreading up and out from there. Then I drew swirly lines from the hearts to the photo with a pencil. I machine stitched through the pencil swirls and then erased the pencil lines with a gum eraser. I attached the hearts in place with glue dots and then added puffy stickers between for embellishments. To finish I added a few sentiment stickers and wrote journaling at the bottom.
I hope this layout inspires you to create mini origami hearts – they’re so fun and quick to make! Also be sure to check out my new Truly Grateful collection with Pink Paislee, perfect for fall photos and memories!