I have always loved doing Valentine’s Day activities with my girls. We talk about the themes of the seasons a lot. One of those themes has always been hearts. We have done tons of heart activities and love them.
Today I have a fun new heart tree watercolor painting using textures. This was a blast and fun to see how creative my girls and I could be with some of our favorite craft projects.
Every project we do is lead a lot by what my girls want to do. I give them the basic suggestion but they can do and create what they want. I might give a suggestion and they will say something like “But if do that then it is not my creation it is yours.” And I love to keep to that.
We make art a process of learning and fun. And I do loads of projects that they want to do. That is what makes these loads of fun!
Over the years we have done tons of heart themed projects for Valentines. We always pick a book or two to read with every art project. One of our favorite books for Valentines is Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts. Even though they are older picture books are still fun to read.
What you need for this painting activity
- watercolor paper
- 2.5 inch heart punch
- textured foam sheets
- brown oil pastel
- 2 waterbowls in different sizes
I used our heart punch to make the heart shapes. I know that not all punches will punch the foam pages out. Plus you might have to push and pull the sheets in the punches. You can always trace the heart shape on and cut them out.
How we did this painting activity
First, we drew in pencil out the tree shape. This helps with the coloring of the tree. You don’t have to do this step if you don’t want to.
Second, we colored in our tree. Every tree is different and maybe you want to have a few branches showing in the top of the tree or maybe not. It is all up to you.
The next thing we did was make the textured watercolor heart leaves. This was fun because everyone could use the textures they wanted and however they wanted. I suggested Valentines colors but that was it. Everything else was their own choices
First, you paint the heart you want to use. You make sure to cover all the texture on the heart. Be careful when you are painting the heart because you can splatter paint a little bit on the paper and you.
Then you press the heart onto the paper. You carefully lift the heart off the paper and see the pattern on the paper.
Then you wash off the heart in a bowl and dry it a little bit. We kept paper towels close by to dry if we need it.
Then you get going on the next heart and fill up the tree.
One last step we did was use the stripped heart to make grass on the bottom. It was fun to see how you can use one texture to make something fun.
Here is a look at our finish painting
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Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com