February, being the month in which love is celebrated on Valentine’s Day, it seemed only fitting to play around with heart art. Of course this craft idea is perfect for a gift idea any time, as well as other occasions such as birthdays, etc.

This is a great little painting activity that can be set up for kids both young and old. I think older children, or tweens, especially will love this activity.

I chose to do a few different hearts to give kids a range of ways to explore paint in a simple way. Follow along, then get creative and come up with your own designs.

Heart Art for Kids

You will need
A4 paper
Resene test pots in a range of bright colours (the Kidz Colour range is perfect)
Black permeant marker

What to do:
1. Using a ruler divide your page into 4.
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2. In each square draw in 4 hearts. Don’t worry if they are not perfect any quirks can be painted over.
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3. In each heart create a different pattern. I started by dividing the first heart into different sections and painting them in different colours, I then let that dry and used permanent marker to add in patterns.

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4. For the second heart paint the heart 3 or more different colours from the inside-out using your Resene test pots. Sort of like a rainbow effect

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5. In the third heart you can paint it in a loose abstract way by putting a splash of colour diagonal to each other. You can also mix a little bit of each colour into each other. Start with yellow, then blue and lastly add in some bright pink for a great contrast.

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6. For the last heart I wanted to create some different texture. Use the end of the pencil and dot different colour paint all around until the heart is totally filled up.

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7. For the back ground of each heart you can give your paint a water colour look by adding a small about of water to your page, then adding a small about of paint and pushing it around your background. This gives a really nice sort of ombre effect.

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You can use a different colour for each background and you can even play around with mixing some colours together.

8. Once your background is dry, outline all of your hearts with a black permeant marker.

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9. Lastly, if you love your image remember to sign it and frame it. Kids love to see their work hanging on the wall. And I think this makes a beautiful artwork.

Heart Art

If you loved making this craft be sure to check out some of out other arts and crafts

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Alayna lives in the Horowhenua with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs Laynescreative.com. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for visual arts. Alayna's work has featured in print and online publications, you can check out her work on her website.

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