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Valentine Fun--Make Your Own Cards


from KidCreate Studio

This year, save yourself a trip to the store for another box of Dora, Spongebob or Scooby Doo Valentines. Have your kids create their own cards using these great art techniques. They will have so much fun, they won't even miss the cartoon characters!

Stencil Fun
Kidcreate's teacher Chloe says stencils are all the rage in graffiti art. So, with this stencil technique your child will be making some very hip valentines!

What you will need:
White letter size paper
Index cards
Oil pastels

1. Fold the letter size paper in half and then in half again to make a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 card
2. Using one of the index cards, have your child cut out an interesting shape to use as a stencil. Heart shapes are great for Valentine's cards, but any shape will work. Young children may need help cutting out their stencil shape.
3. Next, have your child color the outside edge of their stencil with the oil pastels. They should color all around the outside. Use more than one color for a better result.
4. When the coloring is done, place the stencil on top of the folded paper card. Have your child rub their finger from the inside of the shape out over the edge of the shape onto the card. The oil pastels will smudge from the edge of the shape onto the card. Have your child smudge all around the shape. When they are done remove the shape. A smudged outline of the shape should remain on the card.

valentinesKidcreate003.jpgMonoprint Masterpeices
Monoprinting is a technique that produces one print from a printing plate. For this project, we are going to use a cookie sheet as our printing plate. Get ready to turn you kitchen into a print shop!

What you will need:
White letter size paper
Tempera paint
Paint brushes
Pencil or small stick
Cookie sheet
Lots of paper towels

1. Fold the letter size paper in half and then in half again to make a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 card. (This step can also be done at the end, if your child would like to print on the entire sheet.)
2. Have your child paint a picture directly onto the cookie sheet. Make sure to keep in mind the size of paper they will be printing on. They will need to work fast so the paint does not dry!
3., have your child scratch lines into their painting with a pencil or small stick. This is a great way to add detail to the picture.
4. When their art is complete, place the folded card (or flat sheet of paper) on top of the wet paint and pat it gently. Try not to jiggle the paper from side to side.
5. Starting in one corner, gently lift the paper off the paint.
6. To make another card, wipe the paint off the cookie sheet with the paper towels and start again.

Kidcreate is an art studio just for kids in Eden Prairie. Our classes focus on art creation and art education. Curriculum is designed to inspire and educate children in an environment where giggles and grins are encouraged. We offer weekly classes, workshops, holiday camps, summer camps, birthday parties and gifts for children age 18 months through 12 years. For more Valentine's Day art fun, come to a Kidcreate Studio Valentine's Day Craft party. For more information about class times, call 952-974-3438 or visit our web site at www.kidcreatestudio.com.

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