Heart Symmetry Painting


Use this symmetry painting technique to create unique heart art for Valentine’s Day. An easy and fun art activity!

Valentine Heart Art Symmetry Painting with Kids

Hello, my friends. Surely you’ve tried some version of symmetrical painting with your kids, right?

You may also know it as blotto painting, smush painting (with or without string), or squish painting. No matter what you call it, though, it’s a super fun art activity.

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.

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!

Valentine Heart Art Symmetry Painting

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

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  • 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.

Daphne adding paint to half a heart paper for symmetry painting

Step Two: Add Paint

Add drops of paint to one side of the heart paper.

Daphne squishing paint between folded heart for symmetry painting

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.

Daphne revealing symmetry painting

Step Four: Reveal Your Symmetry Painting!

Open up the heart to reveal your interesting and unique symmetrical heart art!

Maias Ombre Heart Symmetry painting with mixed colors

Here, Maia used the paint colors she mixed up to make an ombre heart.

Valentine Heart Art Symmetry Paintings on the Display Wall

Here are our heart paintings on the drying/display wall in the studio. Don’t they look great?!

Valentine Heart Art Symmetry Painting on the Display Wall

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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Heart Symmetry Painting

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  • Reply
    Michele Balistrieri
    January 28, 2018 at 8:00 am

    We will try this on Friday. Thanks always

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      January 29, 2018 at 5:40 am

      Great! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy it, Michele!

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