February 7, 2014

DIY : valentine's day scratch art

In another lifetime, I taught art at a Montessori school to 3-year-olds through 15-year-olds. Aside from sweet friends and the best stories ever, I left with a new found love for oil pastels. Here's a simple Valentine's DIY using trusty oil pastels and cheap paint. Let's get to it!

W H A T   Y O U ' L L   N E E D
-5x7 watercolor paper or heavy stock paper
-oil pastels
-cheap acrylic paint
-mechanical pencil or any sharp utensil to scrape away black paint
-optional: this te amo printout to trace

1. Fill you paper with whatever design you'd like using your oil pastels. If you'd like an ombre look like I've done, alternate similar colors in a pattern.

2. Using your finger or a your finger wrapped in a paper towel, smear the oil pastels so that the white of the paper doesn't show through.

3. Take your brush and barely wet the bristles; then dip the damp brush into the black paint and cover the oil pastels. (I've always mixed a little bit of water into the black paint to help it scrape off better, but I'm not sure it's necessary. You be the judge!)

4. Once the black paint is dry, you're ready to scratch in your design! If you're using the printable I've included, just place it atop the painted surface and trace over it using something pointed to press down into the lettering. You'll be left with an impression that you can then follow when scratching it into the card.

5. If you'd like the lettering to appear to be created with a brush or a nib, remember that the thicker portions of the lettering are the parts where your brush would pull down; the thinner portions are where your brush would swipe up.

and it's you are whatever a moon has alwyas meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
E.E. Cummings


Shannon said...

Thank you~ love it

Holley Seals said...

Chelsea! Ruby was one of those kids!! What's the best way to reach you...need to chat about a project. -Holley