Heart-Shaped Painted Wedding Fans

Fan A

Fan A

Fan C

Fan C

Fan B

Fan B

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While searching for canvas panels for projects, I came across these adorable heart shaped panels which measure 6" across. I wanted to make wedding fans with them but worried that I could not paint both sides. Usually the reverse side of canvas panels are thin paper that might bubble up if it came in contact with paint. That was not the case with these panels,as I found after trying the paint pour technique on them. Oversized wavy craft sticks were the perfect handles for my colorful wedding fans. Keep your wedding guests cool with this project. Make yours in your wedding colors and add a personalized message on the small attached paper heart.

Slip into your disposable gloves for this project!

Directions

step 1 - Use a disposable foil pan much larger in size than your canvas. If you are creating several canvases, line the pan with aluminum foil. Using foil gives you the option to reline and use the same pan again. Place a disposable item like a tissue box or any container that will elevate the canvas in the center of the foil. The container will allow you to get underneath the canvas to tilt it and distribute the paint.

step 1 - Use a disposable foil pan much larger in size than your canvas. If you are creating several canvases, line the pan with aluminum foil. Using foil gives you the option to reline and use the same pan again. Place a disposable item like a tissue box or any container that will elevate the canvas in the center of the foil. The container will allow you to get underneath the canvas to tilt it and distribute the paint.

step 2 - Create the mixed paint colors in separate containers. See the color instructions at the bottom of this page.

step 2 - Create the mixed paint colors in separate containers. See the color instructions at the bottom of this page.

step 3 - Once the paints are mixed to a shade you like, add Testors Marbling Medium to each container in a 50/50 ratio.

step 3 - Once the paints are mixed to a shade you like, add Testors Marbling Medium to each container in a 50/50 ratio.

step 4 -  Stir it gently with a craft stick.

step 4 - Stir it gently with a craft stick.

step 5 - In a new larger container, pour in 1/4 of each color one after the other. Do this twice layering the colors. Put aside the remaining paint.

step 5 - In a new larger container, pour in 1/4 of each color one after the other. Do this twice layering the colors. Put aside the remaining paint.

step 6 - In another container, mix White Pearl with the Marbling medium 50/50. You will use this as a base for each color fan in this tutorial. Mix gently, then pour the mix onto the canvas and tilt it until the entire surface is covered. Pour off excess.

step 6 - In another container, mix White Pearl with the Marbling medium 50/50. You will use this as a base for each color fan in this tutorial. Mix gently, then pour the mix onto the canvas and tilt it until the entire surface is covered. Pour off excess.

step 7 - Pour the layered colors into the center of the canvas. Let it rest for about five minutes.

step 7 - Pour the layered colors into the center of the canvas. Let it rest for about five minutes.

step 8 - Slowly tilt the canvas, allowing the paint colors to marble. Expect that paint will drip off the sides. Don’t rush this tilting process. The patterns will continue to change and blend, you may even see colors appear that were hidden. You can also create interesting patterns by tilting the canvas in a swirling motion. If paint doesn’t reach some edges, pour a bit more paint in those areas or dab a craft stick into paint drips and touch them lightly to the spots. Continue tilting until you are happy with the effect. 

step 9 - Allow the canvas to dry for several hours. The canvas needs to be level, especially as it dries, otherwise the paint marbling may shift. Set the painted item on sturdy containers, or anything that will support their center. None of the edges should come in contact with paper towels or other surfaces as they dry.

step 9 - Allow the canvas to dry for several hours. The canvas needs to be level, especially as it dries, otherwise the paint marbling may shift. Set the painted item on sturdy containers, or anything that will support their center. None of the edges should come in contact with paper towels or other surfaces as they dry.

step 10 - Use craft sticks to elevate the wavy fan stick. Pour on paint just as you did for the canvas, tilting to marble the colors. Allow the stick to dry.

step 10 - Use craft sticks to elevate the wavy fan stick. Pour on paint just as you did for the canvas, tilting to marble the colors. Allow the stick to dry.

step 11 - Cover unused paint until the canvas and stick are thoroughly dry.

step 12 - Pour paint onto the flip side of the canvas and the wavy stick. If wet paint should drip to the first side of the canvas or stick, wipe it off with a damp paper towel.

step 13 - When you’re done tilting, run a gloved finger along the edges of both items to cover bare canvas spots.

step 14 - Generously apply hot glue to one side of the stick and press it to the center of the heart.

step 14 - Generously apply hot glue to one side of the stick and press it to the center of the heart.

step 15 -  Tie the ribbon into a bow, where the stick meets the heart. Dab hot glue on the underside of the ribbon to keep it from slipping on the stick.

step 15 - Tie the ribbon into a bow, where the stick meets the heart. Dab hot glue on the underside of the ribbon to keep it from slipping on the stick.

step 16 - On card stock, print or write the bride and groom names and wedding date on heart shapes. Cut out the shapes and punch a hole on the left side. With jewelry pliers, open a large jump ring and insert it through the knot in the ribbon. Attach the heart and close the jump ring.  Insert another ring through the knot only and close it.

step 16 - On card stock, print or write the bride and groom names and wedding date on heart shapes. Cut out the shapes and punch a hole on the left side. With jewelry pliers, open a large jump ring and insert it through the knot in the ribbon. Attach the heart and close the jump ring.  Insert another ring through the knot only and close it.

Fan A – Copper, Pearl White, Orange & White & Copper mix

Fan B – Cherry & Green, Purple & White, Gold & White, Cherry & Plum

Fan C – Pearl White, Pearl Gold, Pearl Silver


Supplies

At Testors

  • 330467 Marbling Medium
  • Fan A - 9470 Pearl White  - 9473 Copper -292424 Orange
  • Fan B - 9470 Pearl White – 9484 Cherry – 297447 Shamrock Green – 292425 Purple – 9472 Pearl Gold – 297482 Dark Plum – 292496 Metallic Gold
  • Fan C - 9470 Pearl White – 9472 Pearl Gold – 9471 Pearl Silver 

At Michaels

  • Plastic gloves
  • Craft Sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Large jump ring
  • Jewelry pliers

Amazon

  • Mont Mart Canvas Panels
  • Wavy Craft Sticks

Misc.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Disposable foil pan minimum 13’x 9”
  • Miscellaneous containers for holding and mixing paint
  • Sturdy container to raise up canvas for drying

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