Shelley is a self-taught artist from Iowa City, Iowa and founder of the #ILeftMyHeart project. A long time collector of rock hearts, Shelley decided to spread the love by making her own hand painted, resined heart rocks for people to hide and find.
Shelley says, "I am so excited to see where my hearts land! Some have already been found and I have connected with those that found them. With summer coming, I have so many people who have bought my hearts that are ready to travel with their hearts to all parts of the world (including Europe, Japan, US) and share them by leaving them on trails, in cities, etc. for others to find and enjoy!"
The back of each heart has the hashtag #ileftmyheart and Shelley encourages people to share online once they've left or found one: "I get the sheer joy of watching people share their hearts with others and enjoy seeing the joy it brings to those that find them. That was my mission."
Shelley uses a gypsum cement mix cast in silicone molds to make her hearts. Once cured, she hand paints a base of acrylic paint on each one and adds a design with Posca paint markers before sealing them with a coat of ArtResin.
Shelley first discovered ArtResin when she saw the video Kindness Rocks, a tutorial on painting and sealing rocks, on the ArtResin YouTube channel. Shelley says, "I love ArtResin, not only because it seals my project brilliantly, but the colors just POP! It adds a whole new dimension to my heart rocks. It's so easy to use and a little goes a long way."
Shelley works full time, running her business during the evenings and weekends. She has been selling through social media since April 2020 but hopes to get a blog or shop set up soon: "I did not anticipate the interest my heart project has taken on!"
To see more of Shelley's work:
Visit her blog: I Left My Heart
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