Make a one-of-a-kind Heart Print Card in a matter of minutes using markers, water, brush, scissors and paper. First, use markers to color a heart shape, then cut it out, add water to make the colors run together, place the heart on a folded paper for a one-of-a-kind Heart Print Card!
Step 1: Color a heart shape.
Use waterbased markers to color a heart shape on a piece of white paper. If you don't have markers you can try food coloring but be careful because it stains easily! I used warm colors with this example (reds, yellows, and oranges)--can you tell I'm an art teacher?
Step 2: Fold heart.
Fold heart so that you can cut it out.
Step 3: Cut out heart.
Cut out heart so that both sides are symmetrical. I tell my young students to draw first--start drawing like you're writing the letter "C" and go down to a point! This makes a heart shape!
Step 4: Now you have a heart shape!
Now you have a heart shape and you might want to keep the scrap paper that you cut the heart from for another pattern or stencil. When you're using paper--Be a scrap saver. My students like these little rhymes. Art teachers have fun all the time.
Step 5: Add water to turn marker into paint???
Add water to turn the marker into paint--WHAT? Yes, that is right. Waterbased markers can make some beautiful watercolor paintings, in this case a print! Add water gently with a brush to completely cover the heart. I'd put it on a surface you don't care to get stains on--waterbased markers, like food coloring, can stain--even the washable kind!
Step 6: Transfer the painted heart to your card.
Very carefully pick up the wet painted heart and gently transfer it--paint side down--to your folded paper (card). I'm just using white drawing paper here, but card stock would be a little stronger if you have it. Copy paper would work but it would probably buckle a bit. Lay the heart paint-side down and gently rub with your fingers.
Step 7: Pull a print.
Gently lift the painted heart to see what kind of print you pull from your one of a kind card. You might want to save the original painted heart for the inside or back of your card--no two are alike!