Mold making and casting resin – plus milagro wall art…that’s a mouthful, I know! But I swear it’s worth the look-see.

Last December I hosted the first ever Crafty Chica Art Retreat in San Miguel de Allende. Lasting a week, our experience consisted of crafting, eating, shopping, and lots of walking! We all loved the experience, I’ll be sharing more soon, but first I wanted to share one of the workshops we had. I taught a resin class, plus a bookmaking project and watercolor painting.

But our FAVORITE class was from a town local, Rafael! He taught us how to make beautiful wood milagro hearts.

I wanted to share the idea with all of you, but I put my own twist on the idea – I made my own resin corazones! Here is the video, it’s about 13 minutes. I take this one slow!

We started with a wood heart, then coated it with Mod Podge, then applied gold leaf. We smoothed it down and sealed it with another coat of Mod Podge.

Then we chose small milagros to nail into the heart. We chose a big one for the center. These are Maya’s. We used the milagros to tell a story of what we wanted to heal or attract for our lives!

I love how Rafael uses plastic bottle tops as paint dishes. Great way to recycle!

Here’s my corazon, we used tiny nails to affix the milagros. NOTE: I love how the artists in Mexico don’t glue the milagros, they hammer in each and every one. Three each.


Finished hearts from the class.
Rafael adding detail to my heart.

Let’s talk about how Rafael aged our hearts. He used ….gasoline and tar mixed together, then brushed them on each piece and wiped off the excess.

Yes. It smelled and he wore a mask. I did too. I think an alternative might be wood stain. But the hearts came out beautiful!

After going through Rafael’s class, I thought I’d do a tutorial on a similiar process. For my project I made molds and casting resin. Then I applied the hearts to wood.

With Rafael and his son!

About Rafael – he put all his kids through college by running his art business and teaching workshops in San Miguel de Allende! We were all so grateful to be his students!

I hope you like the project, let me know if you try it!

Love & light,


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