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Jim Dine Inspired Valentine Hearts

By Kathybarbro @KathyBarbro

Jim Dine Inspired Valentine Hearts This post has been very popular ever since I first put it up a few years ago. I thought I’d share it again for any newcomers.  1. This watercolor resist painting uses rubber cement to help make an “artsy” looking background. You may opt to start with paper that has 6 hearts printed on it (you can download a copy HERE) so that students can concentrate on coloring. They are to color each one in with crayons, pressing hard to make them brightly colored.
2. A background watercolor paint is chosen and covered over all the hearts. Let the paint dry. Rubber cement is painted over the entire picture using large quick strokes. The goal is to just make some lines, and leave some empty spaces. Let the cement dry.
3. A contrasting watercolor paint is chosen and painted over the entire picture. The cement will keep the background color intact. Let the paint dry.
4. To add definition more oil pastels may be used again on top. Tell the students that the goal is to have colorful, bold hearts that stand out from the background. When that is achieved, their art is done!

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