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Valentine Art Toddlers – Liquid Watercolor Heart Valentine

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Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors

Last week the toddlers painted watercolor crayon resist valentines for the toddler art group.

This is a fun, process art project to try for creating Valentine art for toddlers. You could even string them together for a Valentine garland! Here’s how we did it…

Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors

Valentine Art Toddlers

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Color on paper with crayons

We started out with just crayons on the table so they could draw on the hearts.

Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors

2. Paint with liquid watercolors

Then we brought out the liquid watercolors for them to paint over their drawings. If you haven’t tried these yet, you must! They are so vibrant and beautiful.

Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors

And the toddlers loved it!

Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors

Especially painting with the watercolors. They worked longer than usual and most of them were very prolific.

3. Let paper dry

Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors

These would look beautiful strung together on a garland and hung above a window for a colorful Valentine’s Day decoration.

Do you have any Valentine art toddlers that you’d recommend? Leave a comment below!

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Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolors
Valentine Art Toddlers - Liquid Watercolor Heart Valentine

13 Comments

  • Reply
    The Artful Parent
    February 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I know what you mean. We use our kitchen table a lot, too, although not for the toddler art group. If we’re going to do messy projects at the kitchen table, we just cover it first. In the summer, we often do our messy art outside!

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    Deborah
    February 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Love it!

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    Soccer Mom Style
    February 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hi there!
    I just discovered your blog. Love your doily heart tee. I made my daughter a sparkle heart tee and was wondering if you had any suggestions for improvement. I am planning to redo the shirt using glitter bond instead of textile medium (I just discovered glitter bond at JoAnns). I would appreciate any suggestions you might have…
    Love your blog, first time here. Will definitely be back.
    https://byebyesoccermom.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-red-sparkle-heart-tee.html
    xx
    maya

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    megwrites
    February 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I love that you have a studio for all this mess to happen in…We have our kitchen table, which works well, but it’s a bit harder to do really messy thing!

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    megwrites
    February 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

    whoops, I meant “things” :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Your sparkle heart t-shirt is super cute! I’m not familiar with glitter bond so don’t have any suggestions for you. I’d love to hear how it works, though!

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    Kate
    February 10, 2011 at 12:09 am

    My little man (22months) loves working with watercolours. He really prefers them over poster paint. I don’t know whether it is because they flow more easily or not. Not too long ago we did a leaf rubbing resist and a masking tape resist. It was heaps of fun and they turned out great. Oh, and I too envy your art work space. Not too sure how our landlords would feel about me starting one though…sigh :(

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    milkymumma
    February 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

    That looks like so much fun!
    At what age do you find the children are interested in using brushes? I’m wondering whether it’s time to get painting with my 15 month old…

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    Amanda
    February 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    When this came across my feed yesterday morning, I immediately pulled out the stuff to do it. My 3 yo son and his 5 yo pal were so prolific they exhausted my watercolour paper supply!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Daphne wanted to use a brush from very early (before a year I think) because she kept seeing her big sister use one. You can definitely try painting with your 15 month old — fingerpainting is always a good starter painting activity, but your kiddo may like to paint with a brush as well. Susan Striker (author of Young at Art) says that toddlers can start using brushes as soon as they can hold and use a spoon.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Yay! Yes, we exhausted my watercolor paper supply as well. :) Time to buy some more…

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    milkymumma
    February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for your thoughtful response!
    Bub has just started using a spoon by himself, after some practice with carrot sticks. Today he drew some scribbles with a pen after watching me – I’m really excited about getting some paints out for him.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Dena
    January 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I have got the watercolors as I have mentioned before but am really having a hard time getting her to not mix all the colors up to brown/black. i have tried a different brush for each, didn’t work!! I don’t want to pressure her to much as I want to keep art free and relaxed. Any other ideas? She is the same age as Daphne. (We did do the glue+salt+watercolors with a dropper and that was awesome!)

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