This heart-shaped painting is PERFECT for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re looking for an activity to do with your kiddos. It would also make an excellent gift for a teacher or a grandparent! This painting is easy enough for beginners!
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HEART VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFT
- Contact paper (I’m using clear)
- Construction paper (optional)
- Pen or Marker for tracing
- Paint (I’m using acrylic)
You’ll notice that I used flat canvas boards this time around, but this painting would be beautiful on any number of surfaces! I was thinking that a tote bag or wooden sign, in particular, would make a neat “canvas.”
STEP 1: PAINT THE “BACKGROUND”
Think about what design you’d like for your “background”. This is going to be the part of the painting that will show up after you remove your stencil (the hand portion).
While most of the photos in this demonstration are of the painting I made myself, my 3-year-old (Desmond) made one as well. I will add a photo of his “final product” at the end of this post!
For my background, I wanted it to be white, but with some texture. So, I first painted my canvas to all crazy (see below photo on the left). Then, after that dried completely, I brushed over it with some thinned out white paint (see below photo on the right). I really like what I did here because these layers ended up showing in the final product, and I think it looks really cool.
STEP 2: PREP YOUR TEMPLATE (OPTIONAL)
Okay, so I guess this step is totally optional. I liked the idea of making a template for my stencil using construction paper. I did this so that I didn’t end up wasting contact paper, in the event that I trace and cut the whole thing out and it ended up looking awkward (or just not how I wanted it to).
Of course, if you’re confident with your skills, you can totally skip this step and just trace your hand directly onto the contact paper.
For the template, I just folded a piece of construction paper in half and traced my hand over the fold. This way, when I cut out my image and unfold it, it created a symmetrical image.
STEP 3: TRACE TEMPLATE ONTO CONTACT PAPER
Once you have a template that you’re happy with, go ahead and trace that onto your contact paper and then cut it out. Once you peel off the backing from the contact paper, you can smooth it onto your canvas.
Make sure you take care to press out any wrinkles or bubbles and press the image down so it’s good and stuck. You want to make sure your stencil is secure enough that you aren’t going to accidentally lift it while you’re painting (thus getting paint in the no-paint-zone).
STEP 4: PAINT THE TOP COAT
Now, finally, you get to add the topcoat! I love that the paint I used is translucent enough that you can see the layers underneath. I think it made for a really great end result!
STEP 5: REMOVE THE STENCIL
Drumroll, please… Time for the moment of truth! I gotta say, pealing off this stencil was super satisfying for me. I love the way the whole project turned out!
What do you think? Obviously, mine is pictured above and Desmond’s is pictured below. I decided to try a different hand position for his painting, especially because his hands are so much smaller than mine! I wanted them to take up as much space on the canvas as possible.
And yes, in case you were wondering, it was a little bit difficult to get my three-year-old to hold his hand in this position long enough for me to trace it. I think it turned out great though! I love the way both paintings turned out, and I highly recommend you give it a try! Besides the part with the squirmy toddler, it was super easy!
If you try this project or anything else on my site, I would love to see your finished product! Feel free to tag me on Instagram!!