Valentine’s Day was always so fun back in elementary school. Did anyone else make Valentine’s mailboxes out of old shoeboxes? We made them every year, and each student brought in a card for every classmate. We’d have a class party involving candy and cupcakes – always cupcakes, and then mail our cards to each other. To those of you with young children, does this still happen? I sure hope so, as it was always one of my favorite days at school.
This year, I decided to make cards for Summer to send out to her buddies. Since we love Eric Carle, I wanted to try his tissue paper painting method and somehow incorporate it into our cards.
So, following his method, we painted several layers of paint onto tissue paper.
A few tips:
- I found it worked better if I used two pieces of tissue paper at a time. With only one sheet, it kept ripping whenever I applied paint.
- We used acrylic paints diluted with water. Make sure to use quick light brushstrokes and apply the paint in thin layers. Every once in a while pick up your tissue paper to make sure it’s not sticking to your painting surface.
- At first I laid my tissue paper onto some newspaper, but the paint went through and caused the tissue paper to tear and stick to the newspaper. I then switched to a piece of foam board, and it worked great. I’m sure poster board or any solid surface would work as well. Between coats, I laid the tissue paper on newspaper to dry.
After two or three coats of paint, I carved a heart into a potato and stamped away. Thanks for the idea Marty – Potato worked great!
After the tissue paper completely dried, we cut out heart shapes (and by we, I mean I. Summer isn’t so into art projects quite yet) and glued them onto solid colored stationary with Elmer’s glue.
It’s like a Hungry Caterpillar love fest.