I am super excited to share the technique for paint dabbed Valentines. Whether you want to make painted dabbed Valentines for cards, decorations or gift wrap; this will work beautifully. I love that you can mix up colors and get amazing masterpieces. We give little gifts in our family to each other and also to some of our friends. We decorate too so this project supports us all around. I used DecoArt’s Multi-Surface Paints for all of these that I am sharing in this post. This is sponsored by DecoArt but the ideas and opinions are my own.
You will need the following supplies to make paint dabbed Valentines.
- DecoArt Multi-Surface Paints in Colors of Your Choice
- Heavy Water Color Paper
- Paint Brushes (Could Also Use Sponges or Cotton Balls)
- Glue (I used Beacon’s 3-in-1 because it dries clear and fast!)
- Hole Punch
- If you are making wrapping paper, you will also need recycled brown shopping bags.
Start by doodling a large heart onto a piece of watercolor paper with glue. Let it dry completely. Pour between two and four colors of paint onto a paper plate close to each other.
Dip a fluffy brush into the different colors of paint and dab the brush onto the watercolor paper inside the glue outline. Do NOT make brush strokes. If you don’t have a fluffy brush, you could also use a piece of sponge. If you are doing this with kiddos, cotton balls work great for paint dabbed Valentines.
Fill the entire inside of the heart with dabs of mixed paint. Let it dry. Cut out around the outside of the heart, close to the glue outline. Use a hole punch to punch one hole in a heart if you are tying it to a gift or two holes if you are stringing them together into a garland.
If you are adding the heart to a card, you might not want to punch any holes into it and rather glue it right to the card.
While you have your DecoArt Multi-Surface paints out, you might as well paint some more things. Painted rocks are always a good idea. I painted these using all of the colors of the rainbow. When the paint dried, I added a coat of Decou-Page to seal it. I even painted one with Metallic Silver. It is so sparkly.
If you want to paint rocks for your Valentines, you can download the free printable to go with them!
Multi-Surface paint works on glass too. I added a red heart to this jar of sprinkles that I am giving away on Valentine’s Day.
If you want to make wrapping paper, cut up a grocery sack and wrap your gift in the brown paper. Paint hearts on the paper. Add a bow and a paint dabbed Valentine for a giant tag!
Last year I shared this darling mixed media Valentine’s Day garland decoration with awesome DecoArt products. It has a burlap surface so is super fun and creativel!
This morning I was doing my fun monthly appearance as the Craft Expert and I shared some of this. You can check it out!
Cheers to Paint Dabbed Valentines and All Things Love,