Valentine card waterpainting

valentine painting activity

Perhaps the very best thing about blogging is the great people you get to meet. My post about aromatherapy box play was picked up by Pia Walker, an artist living in California, who used some of the ideas in a class she ws giving about using the five senses in art. A few weeks later my daughter was given a set of waterpaints as a birthday present and, as I wasn’t sure how we could use them, I asked Pia if she had any suggestions. She was so kind as to send me several ideas, the first of which is featured here. Pia explained that wax crayons resist waterpaint colour, so you can achieve a beautiful effect by combining the two.This provided the inspiration for this Valentine’s craft. (And if you’d like more inspiration for getting creative you should visit Pia’s website.)

Valentine Card waterpainting

You’ll need: a sheet of paper (we used cream), a sheet of card (we used pink), red and pink shades of wax crayon, some watercolour paint (we mixed red and white), some water, a paint brush, scissors, glue

Here’s what we did:

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I used the wax crayons to draw some hearts on the cream paper.

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My daughter chose her favourite shades and coloured in the hearts.

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We mixed together some red and white watercolour paint to get a shade of pink we liked.

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Pia suggested putting the paper on a baking tin (cookie sheet) to catch any excess water. Using a wide paint brush my daughter painted the watercolour over her picture. She thought it was great fun to be painting right over the hearts she’d done. The watercolour created a beautiful background, leaving the crayoned hearts intact.

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Once the paper was dry we cut out the hearts and glued them onto the pink card. Beautiful.

So, if one of these comes through your letter box on February 14th you’ll know who it’s from!

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