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Valentine’s Day LOVE Resist Painting

  • Art & Art History
  • Motor Practice
  • Sensory Play
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 1-3

All you need for this lovely Valentine’s Day painting is canvas (or paper), paint, some tape & scissors, and your fingers! Oh, and don’t forget to grab our free printable!

 

Practice fine motor skills with scissor practice, and learn a new technique! Resist painting is an art technique that uses paper or tape to create a design surrounding negative (or blank) space.

 

Give this canvas as a gift to your loved one to show them how much you love them, or create something for yourself to display in your home or room!

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Materials



Paint
Canvas

Double-Sided Tape

Scissors

Instructions



Step  1.

Gather your materials. Print your free guide using the DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE button above!

Step  1.

Gather your materials. Print your free guide using the DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE button above!

Step  2.

Practice some scissor skills! Cut each letter out of the printable.

Step  2.

Practice some scissor skills! Cut each letter out of the printable.

Step  3.

Stick double sided tape to the back side of each letter.

Step  3.

Stick double sided tape to the back side of each letter.

Step  4.

Adhere each letter, tape-side down, to the canvas.

Step  4.

Adhere each letter, tape-side down, to the canvas.

Step  5.

Begin using your fingers ( or a brush, sponge, etc.) to make prints all over the canvas. We used warm colors for Valentine’s Day!

Step  5.

Begin using your fingers ( or a brush, sponge, etc.) to make prints all over the canvas. We used warm colors for Valentine’s Day!

Step  6.

Once the paint is dry, carefully remove each taped letter, revealing the word LOVE in negative space on the canvas!

Step  6.

Once the paint is dry, carefully remove each taped letter, revealing the word LOVE in negative space on the canvas!

Step  7.

Display your beautiful creation, or give it as a gift to someone to remind them how much you love them!

Step  7.

Display your beautiful creation, or give it as a gift to someone to remind them how much you love them!

This project is irresistible for anyone looking for fine motor practice and sensory play fun!

  • Stop in the Name of Love: Have your students think about the texture on their hands while finger painting. How does it feel? What’s the consistency like? Is it warm or cold?
  • Put a Finger on it: Ask the class to explore the ways they can press the paint onto their craft surface. Tap the paint down gently, how does it affect the paint color? What about pressing hard? What shapes can they create with their fingertips?

Before resist art was used for creating cute Valentine’s Day crafts, it served as an art form for centuries! Just like your students used cut-outs and tape, other cultures used hot wax or paste to create their art. What other supplies could your class use to create resist art?