Eric Carle Inspired Valentines

by HEAB on February 4, 2012

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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. :)