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Our first Valentine project this year using some Lockdown Dollar Store finds!

Texture Painted Valentines


  • Watercolour Paper, Cardstock or Cardboard
    Tempera or other Washable Kids Paint
    Various Sponges, Brushes, Loofas, etc
    Q-Tips, Paint Brush or White Marker Pen (optional)
    Glitter or Confetti Glue (optional)

Part One

  1. Draw or trace hearts on one side of your watercolour paper.
  2. Flip the paper over and secure to the table with masking tape.
  3. Pour paint into a shallow tray or plate and add your sponges, brushes and other print making tools to each tray.
  4. Dip your texture brushes and sponges into the paint and dab or stamp all over the paper. Be sure use all parts of the paper.
  5. Layer your different colours and textures to create a unique textured surface and allow to fully dry.

Part Two (Optional)

You can proceed with part two or skip to finishing.

  1. Add some white paint to a cup and put out some Q-tips or a small paint brush.
  2. Use the Q-tip or brush to create small marks and patterns on top of your textured background.
  3. Allow paint to fully dry.
  4. You can also do this with a white paint marker, metallic marker or gel pen!

Part Two (Optional)

You can proceed with part three or skip to finishing.

  1. For a final touch use a paint brush to paint on some glitter or confetti glue for some added sparkle!
  2. Allow glue to dry completely before finishing.


  1. Once your piece is completely dry, turn the paper over and cut out the hearts using the lines you drew on the back.

For more details on how we tried this idea at home and how it went, keep reading!

Under the current Manitoba COVID restrictions we are very limited to what we can purchase in-store and art and craft supplies are nearly impossible to find locally. It is heartbreaking to walk through the dollar store and see entire aisles of art supplies blocked off just out of reach. But this past weekend I made a trip out to Dollar Tree and picked up a few unconventional items to use for a painting project. We call this Lockdown Art! haha.

To set up this invitation, I cut a heart out of card board and traced it several times on the back of a sheet of 12×18 watercolour paper. Then, I flipped the paper over so the hearts I drew were on the back side and taped it to the table.

*TIP: I like to tape down the paper so it doesn’t move around while the girls are working and they can use both their hands for creating. BUT it also helps the wet paper to flatten out as it dries so it’s not was warped and bubbly later.

Then I set out trays and added a small amount of paint and one of our “paint brushes” to each tray and invited the girls to come create!

Part one of this project was to create this amazing painted texture by stamping or dabbing our brushes, sponges and scrubbers all over the paper. Encourage your child to use all corners of the paper so all of your hearts will have some colour later on. Continue to layer on your other paint colours and different textures using different tools.

My girls were very heavy handed with the paint haha so we had pretty solid coverage but you can also create some unique textures and patterns without covering the paper quite as much.

We let our paint dry overnight and because we had such a solid base colour, and “Big Sis” wasn’t ready to be done, we decided to add another layer. For this I gave her some white paint and a Q-tip and together we came up with different marks we could make on the paper and different patterns and added them all over the paper.

“Lil Sis” is still a bit young for this part so instead I did this step on her page during some one-on-one time with her big sister. It was a great chance to talk about patterns, which is something she talks about in school, and mark-making.

My girls LOVE to add sparkle to everything and this project was no exception! So part three was painting on the last of our heart confetti glitter all over the page. “Lil Sis” especially enjoyed this part!

*TIP: Glitter or confetti glue is a great way to add sparkle and glitter to your artwork without all the mess of actual glitter! We use a paintbrush to paint it on to all kinds of projects!

Finally, whether you stopped after part one or went all the way through to part three… the final step is to flip over the paper and cut out the hearts you traced. Use these hearts as the base for Valentines you can send to your friends, hang them on the wall or in the window or string them together for a special Valentine garland!

Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!


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