HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR VALENTINE

Looking for a super easy and inexpensive way to decorate for Valentine’s Day?  Here’s a very simple watercolor project.  This project is the last of the three super quick Valentine’s Day projects that I shared this week, and all of them in different styles.  It’s easy to make your own Watercolor Valentine!

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I chose the word always for my project, but you can choose whatever word or words you want.   Always is a great word for Valentine’s Day and the simple glitter heart ties this project in nicely for Valentine’s Day decor, but this could easily go way beyond the Holiday of Love.

 

For Harry Potter fans, this word has special meaning this year because of the loss of the incredibly talented and wonderful Alan Rickman who portrays Professor Snape.  I caught my first glimpse of his acting in Robin Hood.  Who didn’t love to hate him in that flick?   Sense and Sensibility, Die Hard and Harry Potter – are my favorites, but there are so many more! Whenever I saw his name on the cast list, I knew the movie would be one to see and I was never disappointed.   He will forever and always be a favorite of mine.

 

This is a quick project and takes less than 10 minutes to complete, (if you take out the glue drying time).   The glue took several hours to dry.  So pick your word(s) and write it on the canvas, set it aside and go do something else productive like laundry . . . ugh!  Not. A. Fan.

Supplies Used:

1 – 8×10 canvas
Elmer’s Glue
Glitter Glue
A cheap set of watercolors
paint brush
cup of water

sing the Elmer’s glue bottle,  I wrote the word Always on the canvas.  You can see that I was heavy-handed with the glue.  Yes, it will take some time to dry, but it is worth it.  If you are too skimpy with the glue, when it comes time to remove it, it will be more difficult.

Using the glitter glue, I drew on a red heart for Valentine’s Day.

 

Mr. Hobby, who likes to peer over my shoulder while I’m working, asked why I didn’t just use the hot melt glue because it would dry faster.   True it dries fast, but it will also remove pieces of the canvas when you try to remove it later.  Stick to good ‘ole Elmer’s for this project.

 

Set the canvas aside until dry.  Mine took several hours to dry.  So while I waited, I came up with two other Valentine’s crafts that I shared with you already this week, and I did the dreaded laundry and all those other weekend chores that I dread, but have to be done.

When all the glue was dried, I painted across the word and heart with the watercolors.  I used two colors, painting over sections of the first color while it was still wet.  With watercolors, you can always add more water if needed.   When I was finished, I decided that I didn’t especially like the red heart with the paint color I used.  No problem, I just peeled it off and drew on a silver heart with the glitter glue.  Problem solved.

Using the sharp edge of a box knife, I pried up the dried Elmer’s glue.  It came off very easily.   I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this old box of watercolors and having a great time with it.

Thank you for sharing!

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