Simple Valentine's Painting for little kids

February 1, 2017

I sometimes don't include my kids in my painting projects enough. They are almost ready to do some painting -my 4.5 year old son is able to sit still and follow instructions-mostly. My daughter is enthusiastic, but at 2 years old, she isn't quite up for the responsibility of acrylic paint that doesn't wash out of clothes and furniture. Nevertheless, I attempted a painting project with them today, and it went fairly well. My daughter followed the sticker idea, but had a melt down when she was told to stop because her paint was pooling everywhere. My son wanted to create something more abstract, and abandoned the idea of stickers -just goes to show that you can't stifle creativity at that age! He wanted to do it HIS way. No problem.... 

SO here is the basic idea, if your kids are better at following directions than mine! I made some basic heart shaped stickers on my Cricut machine, and cut them out in 3 sizes. We stuck them down to the canvas and then painted abstract brush marks all over the canvas, making sure to fully cover the edges of the vinyl stickers. Once the stickers were removed, the white heart shapes show through. It's a simple, quick and easy craft to do with kids. If you don't have a Cricut machine, I'm sure it's not difficult to find heart shaped stickers around this time of year.... the dollar store probably carries them.  

We used 11x14" canvas, and student grade acrylic paint. I'm sure you could try with washable tempera, but being an artist I only had the "real" stuff on hand! 



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