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Quilled Paper Designs

  Quilling, also known as paper fil­i­gree, is an art form that involves rolling and glu­ing thin strips of paper into var­i­ous shapes and arrang­ing them to form designs. Quilled paper designs can be very sim­ple or as com­plex as you have the dex­ter­ity and patience for! The art of quilling dates back to the Renais­sance when French […]

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366 Hearts

If you’re look­ing for inspi­ra­tion for Valentine’s Day, look no fur­ther than 366 Hearts!  I just learned of this project and stayed up half the night being inspired with new ideas to try. You’ll find cre­ative hearts com­bined with mean­ing­ful quotes for every day of the year. Tal­ented artist, Hazel McNab, has chal­lenged her­self to cre­ate a new heart […]

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Valentine Op-Art

This les­son was inspired by an Art­so­nia project I LOVED on Pin­ter­est.  I knew that the boys in my 5th grade class were not going to go for the tra­di­tional valen­tine project this year, so adding a heart to an Op-Art hand draw­ing seemed like the per­fect com­pro­mise!   I’ve done this project a few times […]

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Valentine Color Mixing

You can mix a “tint” of any color just by adding white to it. Paint­ing with tints lends itself well to Valen­tine projects, like this col­or­ful card made from a 12“x18” paint­ing folded in half. 1. First, place a “quarter-size” amount of red, yel­low and turquoise tem­pera paint on a paper plate. (I like to use […]

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Hide-a-Heart” Valentines

This les­son is adapted from Karen Card, my children’s mid­dle school Art teacher. You can do this ver­sa­tile project with any grade level, scal­ing it up or down as needed. It’s fun to give kids a lit­tle struc­ture and a lot of free­dom to be cre­ative.… then watch as all the great ideas start flow­ing out! […]

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Box Fold” Pop-Up Cards

The vari­a­tions are end­less for cre­at­ing cards with a fun pop-up fea­ture! You can eas­ily change the “heart” ele­ment in this design to make cards for any hol­i­day or spe­cial occa­sion. Try putting sev­eral pages together to make your own pop-up book! To Make a Box Fold Pop-Up: Begin with two sheets of 9” x […]

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Valentine Card with Negative Space Resist

Use con­tact paper and mask­ing tape to cre­ate a resist for a beau­ti­ful water­color wash back­ground! Mate­ri­als: Con­tact paper, 4 pieces 3″ x 4″ Mask­ing tape or painter’s tape (Lessen the tack­i­ness by stick­ing the tape onto your clothes first, that way it won’t tear your paper when you remove it.) Scis­sors Water­color paper, 9”x 12” […]

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