Sunday, February 7, 2010

Framed Valentine Art

Well....... I was in my favorite dollar store (Dollarama) on Thursday when I found these wonderful shadowbox frames for $1.25......I started thinking and next thing you know we had a Valentine craft for Grade One on Friday.
These are the Grade One's version...they were so happy that they got to use their new markers for it. We just have to glitter our hearts.
Sorry for the poor picture quality but I took the picture with my Blackberry.
(desperate times call for desperate measures) My husband took my good camera on his ski trip.

So here are the frames I purchased along with a 12 pack of Styrofoam hearts for $1.00.

If there are any rough edges you can sand them down. Save the insert for measuring your art work.

In honor of Valentine's Day we painted our frames red but black would look nice as well.

I stuck the hearts on skewers for easier painting and we painted them red as well.

You then can add a little glitter when the paint dries.

Using the insert measure a piece of cardstock or watercolor paper for your artwork.

Have the kids sketch out a picture of themselves. I traced out where the heart is going to go to help them compose their picture.

Using paint, markers, or pencil crayons add some color.

You can use a fine marker to add detail if you wish.

You can glue your heart on at this time.

Using stamps the kids stamped "I Love You" on their picture. I taped the letters together for "Love" and "You" so they only had to stamp once.

Glue your art into place and slide in the glass cover.

That's it....a very adorable Valentine gift all ready to hang on your wall and what parent or Grandparent wouldn't love one of these.
See you next time.


  1. Lovely! I wish a had the budget!

  2. How lucky the kids are to have you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. YOur ideas are so crazy good! I love this so much! BTW, I was babysitting this weekend and discovered your blog about five minutes before the kids showed up. Sure enough we made the polar bear paintings. They turned out fantastic!

  5. These are adorable! They would be great for Mother's/Father's Day, too. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  6. I love the 3-D effect of this special picture. Too late for my pre-k'ersto do for Valentines but I think it would be wonderful for mothers day!

  7. another incredible idea! you inspire me and remind me that making my own art (not just art with my daughter) is sooo important. today i gave you the "beautiful blogger award" on my blog today. check it out at - and thank you for making the world more beautiful.

  8. Those are gorgeous! I love the 3D. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

  9. I just stumbled on this website. holy jeez. It's amazing. The glue batik alone is blowing my mind...

  10. Hello Gail,

    I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your blog and art projects. You are so creative and your ideas are very inspiring. I do not have an art background but I will definitely make an attempt to follow your beautiful art techniques with my children. Luisa