One of my favorite-ever finds on Pinterest is this watercolor name-art project by dandee. We modified it at a Crafternoon last year by creating crayon-resist watercolor name art, and now we’re doing it again with a Valentine’s Day twist!
Watercolor Conversation Hearts are easy to create, and so much fun. Kids as young as three will really enjoy the process. You can free-hand the heart cutting and the letter outlines, but I’m not artistic like that. If you’re not, either, here’s what to do:
Download an outline font. I used Bubble Letters. Then, download a free heart-outline clip art. (There are a lot out there if y0u do a Google image search for “free heart clip art.”) I put it together in InDesign, two hearts per page, and printed them out on watercolor paper or paint paper (I love this paint pad by Strathmore!). You can make them larger or smaller, but if they’re TOO small it will be harder to color in the letter outlines.
I had a great time choosing my candy-heart sayings. Some ideas: Text Me, UR Cute, Smile, Hi There, Luv You, etc. Go wild!
Note: my paper was 9″x12″ and my printer wouldn’t accept it, so I had to trim it to 8.5″x11″ before I could print my hearts. There’s always something slowing me down.
Whether you free-hand them or print them, once you have your hearts cut out you’re ready for the really fun part!
Use oil pastels or regular wax crayons (don’t use the plasticy “erasable” ones — regular ol’ Crayola work great) to color in your outlined letters, and add decorations if you like. Oil pastels usually give brighter results, but if you have preschoolers doing this Valentine’s Day art project, you might prefer to go with crayons.
After you’re finished coloring, it’s time to paint! You can use pan watercolors, but I prefer Watercolor Magic liquid watercolors by Sargent Art. The colors are vibrant and beautiful, and they are very washable.
Paint allll over your hearts. The watercolor won’t stick to the oil pastel or crayon! This kind of resist is so magical and pretty and such a fun process. If you want your hearts to dry quickly, you can blot off the excess watercolor with a paper towel.
Then you’re done! You have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day art project. Hang up your hearts or give them to your sweetie.
Happy Valentine’s Day!