Use this symmetry painting technique to create unique heart art for Valentine’s Day. An easy and fun art activity!
Hello, my friends. Surely you’ve tried some version of symmetrical painting with your kids, right?
Symmetry painting is when you add a few drops of paint to one side of a piece of paper, fold the second side over the paint, and press the paint sandwich together with your hands. Then, when you open up the folded paper?
You have a unique and symmetrical design of the squished paint.
We did paint blotto prints with the kids art class today! ???? So much fun!! If you haven’t tried this activity yet, I highly recommend it! Simply spoon a little paint on one side of a piece of paper, fold over the other side and press it down with your hands, then open to reveal your unique blotto print.
This is a huge hit with toddlers and preschoolers but I have to tell you that old kids (and, ahem, so-called adults) love it, too.
There are lots of fun variations, including mirror-image string prints, using the symmetry paintings as drawing prompts (we’ve used them in the past for fun faces and animals), using them for butterflies or monsters, but we recently made heart symmetry paintings since Valentine’s Day is around the corner. They’re so pretty!
I’ll show you our symmetrical heart art, give a Valentine’s Day suggestion, and then tell you about my brand new Valentine Activity Pack for kids (including heart smush art as one of the printables), which is on sale for 30% off for a limited time.
Heart Symmetry Painting
- Sturdy paper
- Tempera paint in 2 or more colors
- Paint brush or spoon for each paint color
Step One: Cut Out Paper Hearts
First, cut your paper into hearts of any size. To cut out your hearts, fold a sheet of paper in half and cut half a heart along the fold. Open to reveal your full heart paper.
Step Two: Add Paint
Add drops of paint to one side of the heart paper.
Step Three: Fold and Squish
Fold the second half of the heart paper over the paint and press and squish the paint sandwich all over with your hands.
Step Four: Reveal Your Symmetry Painting!
Open up the heart to reveal your interesting and unique symmetrical heart art!
Here, Maia used the paint colors she mixed up to make an ombre heart.
Here are our heart paintings on the drying/display wall in the studio. Don’t they look great?!
We made ours big—one to two hearts per 12×18″ sheet of paper—but you could make yours as small as you like. A bunch of little ones would work well for class Valentines, for example. And I’m pretty sure your child would happily make 20 or so of these.
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