Love is in the air and it’s time to make Valentines! Invite your friends over for a Valentine’s paint party!
Consider hosting your party as a “Galentines” event or a fun date night activity. Or make it a kid’s Valentine’s paint party!
Just for fun, keep the project details secret and tell your guests to bring a toilet paper roll potato. They’re going to wonder what in the world they’ll be making!
You can do this project on paper, canvas, or gesso board.
- Gesso board or canvas
- Mixed media paper or cardstock
- Paring Knife & cutting board
- Toilet paper roll (tell your guests to bring their own!)
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors~ I like to use scarlet red, magenta, hot pink, yellow, light olive green & turquoise (use any colors you choose!)
- Paint brushes
- White, black & gold paint pens
Have guests paint the base layer on their canvas or board. I used a variety of reds, pinks, and magentas. Let these warm colors dry and then add some greens or turquoise for a little pop of color. Set the canvas aside to dry while you make your tools.
Make Your Tools
My two favorite tools for making heart shapes: a potato and a toilet paper roll!
The toilet paper roll always gets a lot of giggles, but it makes a great heart shape! Gently make a crease in the toilet paper roll and shape it into a heart. You can watch how I make the toilet paper roll heart HERE.
Have you ever painted with a potato? Kids of all ages love to stamp with a potato! Potatoes make great stamps for paper, canvas, and wood. Cut the potato in half, use a pencil to draw a heart, carefully cut around the shape with a paring knife, brush on paint and you’re ready to stamp! (Make sure adults do the potato cutting for the kids.) Watch how I make the toilet paper roll heart HERE.
Provide a few paint pens for writing on the canvas. I like to use Posca or Sharpie paint pens in white, black, and gold. Use the paint pens to write phrases about love, gratitude, and love notes on the canvas.
Stamp & Paint
Dip your potato stamp and toilet paper roll in paint and start stamping! I like to stamp several potato hearts in one color, let dry, and stamp the thinner lines of the toilet paper roll on top. Make several layers of heart stamps. Use paintbrushes to draw heart shapes too.
Continue adding layers of paint and hearts and words until your piece is finished.
Your guests will leave with a sweet Valentine’s painting and some funny stories about potatoes and toilet paper rolls!
You can see more of Angie’s heart art paintings on her website at https://www.angienordstrum.com/canvas-art. Angie also turned her heart paintings into cards at https://www.angienordstrum.com/product-page/whole-lotta-love-cards.
Angie Nordstrum is a multi-passionate artist and maker who creates vibrant, colorful paintings on canvas, walls, windows and clothes. Her mission is to create art that inspires and maybe even sets your soul on fire.
Angie’s artistic journey has taken her to fascinating places, including the design and creation of eclectic decor for eight renowned restaurants across the country. Fueled by her love for public art, she has adorned numerous walls in Colorado with captivating murals. Sharing her expertise locally and internationally, Angie imparts her knowledge through engaging workshops. View Angie’s Full Bio