Make Valentines with Your Children and Grandchildren

Ink and Wash Valentine Project

Love Is…  © Annie Glacken

This is a fun project to tackle for those with no watercolor experience. Your children and grandchildren will love making these valentines.

Materials Needed:

Watercolor Paper

Bright Red, Rose, and Violet watercolor paints

Small round watercolor brush

Black Micron Waterproof Pen

Winsor & Newton Water Colour Iridescent Medium

Step 1:

Draw some heart shapes onto your watercolor paper.

Valentine Pattern

Step 2:

Mix a puddle of each of the following colors on a plastic plate: Bright Red, Rose, Dark Violet. Keep them from touching so they don’t mix.

Step 3:

Beginning in the lower left corner, paint around the hearts, changing colors as you go around (purple, pink, red, purple, pink, red, purple). Be sure to keep a wet leading edge as you paint around. The colors will mingle and blend where they touch. Let dry.

Step 4:

Wet large heart on left with water. Wait until the shine begins to leave. Paint red just inside the edge letting red bleed into the white slightly. Dry completely.

Step 5:

Wet large heart on right with water. Wait until the shine begins to leave. Paint red, purple, and pink around edge letting color bleed into the white slightly. Dry completely.

Step 6:

Paint the two medium sized hearts with the brilliant red. Dry completely.

Step 7:

Paint the small hearts in each corner changing from pink to purple and red. Dry completely.

Step 8:

Mix a puddle of water and a small amount of the iridescent medium. Paint this over the three largest hearts. This will make them sparkle. Unfortunately, it is difficult to see the sparkle in the following photo. Let dry completely.

Step 8

Step 9:

Finish by embellishing your hearts with some fancy edges and doodles using a black, red, or violet micron pen.

Have fun and please feel free to share the link to this project with your friends!

Happy Valentine’s Day and remember:

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Lover never fails.  I Cor. 13:4-8












8 Replies to “Make Valentines with Your Children and Grandchildren”

    • Thank you Leslie! That is such a nice complement and I appreciate it very much! You do wonderful tutorials as well! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! 💕

    • Thanks Betty! I am waiting for your tutorial on drawing and painting people! 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well! 💕

  1. What a fun and creative project, Annie! The possibilities are endless for customizing it to suit ones own palette and style.

    • Thank you Susan! You are right–there are so many different ways of combining hearts and colors–not to mention the excitement of adding the iridescent medium! Thanks for the comment.