Valentine's Day Crafts, Winter Crafts

Watercolor Valentine

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Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

 

 

Looking for a super easy and inexpensive way to decorate for Valentine’s Day?  Here’s a very simple watercolor project.  This project is the last of the three super quick Valentine’s Day projects that I shared this week, and all of them in different styles.  It’s easy to make your own Watercolor Valentine!

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

I chose the word always for my project, but you can choose whatever word or words you want.   Always is a great word for Valentine’s Day and the simple glitter heart ties this project in nicely for Valentine’s Day decor, but this could easily go way beyond the Holiday of Love.

For Harry Potter fans, this word has special meaning this year because of the loss of the incredibly talented and wonderful Alan Rickman who portrays Professor Snape.  I caught my first glimpse of his acting in Robin Hood.  Who didn’t love to hate him in that flick?   Sense and Sensibility, Die Hard and Harry Potter – are my favorites, but there are so many more! Whenever I saw his name on the cast list, I knew the movie would be one to see and I was never disappointed.   He will forever and always be a favorite of mine.

This is a quick project and takes less than 10 minutes to complete, (if you take out the glue drying time).   The glue took several hours to dry.  So pick your word(s) and write it on the canvas, set it aside and go do something else productive like laundry . . . ugh!  Not. A. Fan.

 

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

Supplies Used:

1 – 8×10 canvas
Elmer’s Glue
Glitter Glue
A cheap set of watercolors
paint brush
cup of water

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

Using the Elmer’s glue bottle,  I wrote the word Always on the canvas.  You can see that I was heavy-handed with the glue.  Yes, it will take some time to dry, but it is worth it.  If you are too skimpy with the glue, when it comes time to remove it, it will be more difficult.

Using the glitter glue, I drew on a red heart for Valentine’s Day.

Mr. Hobby, who likes to peer over my shoulder while I’m working, asked why I didn’t just use the hot melt glue because it would dry faster.   True it dries fast, but it will also remove pieces of the canvas when you try to remove it later.  Stick to Elmer’s for this project.

Set the canvas aside until dry.  Mine took several hours to dry.  So while I waited, I came up with two other Valentine’s crafts that I shared with you already this week, and I did the dreaded laundry and all those other weekend chores that I dread, but have to be done.

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

When all the glue was dried, I painted across the word and heart with the watercolors.  I used two colors, painting over sections of the first color while it was still wet.  With watercolors, you can always add more water if needed.   When I was finished, I decided that I didn’t especially like the red heart with the paint color I used.  No problem, I just peeled it off and drew on a silver heart with the glitter glue.  Problem solved.

 

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.
Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

Using the sharp edge of a box knife, I pried up the dried Elmer’s glue.  It came off very easily.   I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this old box of watercolors and having a great time with it.

 

 

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

If this project is your style, we’d love if you’d pin it to share! Thank you!

 

 

Inexpensive Valentine's Day decorating couldn't be easier with this DIY watercolor valentine project. Watercolors & glue are used to create this canvas art.

 

Thank you for sharing!

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48 Comment

  1. Laurie,
    So pretty! I will now be starting my Valentine's Day decorating as I just finished taking down Christmas downstairs and finished my Winter decorating in the Kitchen and in the Den.
    Thanks so much for always taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. Laurie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Debbie. I'll be watching for your Valentine's Day posts! Thanks so much for popping over today!

  2. Beverly Roderick
    January 28, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    How pretty! It's amazing what can be made with some simple items sometimes. This is such a great piece of artwork. I'm going to give this one a try! Pinning and Tweeting!

    1. Laurie
      January 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Beverly! I'm having so much fun with the watercolors – who knew? Thank you for stopping by and for the shares!

  3. The Cookie Puzzle
    January 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Oh Laurie….I absolutely LOVE this project…ALWAYS….makes me cry every time. I have never used watercolors…but I think you have inspired me to give it a try…I need some art work in my Cookie/Craft room

    1. Laurie
      January 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Kim, I know, I love that word. This has to be one of the easiest projects I've done so far. And painting with watercolors like this is just scribbling with a paint brush! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Maarit A
    January 29, 2016 at 5:18 am

    These ideas are very nice! Have a nice day 🙂

    1. Laurie
      January 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you Maarit! Hope you have a nice day too 🙂

  5. Jeannie Marie
    January 30, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    That looks fun to do! I can't wait to try this on a greeting card!

    1. Laurie
      January 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Jeannie! I think it this would look beautiful on a card!

  6. Winnie
    January 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Sooooo pretty 🙂 It might be easy but it doesn't look easy 🙂

    1. Laurie
      January 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Just like icing a cake . . .kind of 🙂 Thanks for popping over today Winnie!

  7. Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi
    January 30, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I wouldn't have guessed Elmer's Glue was involved in such a pretty project! <3
    I loved Alan Rickman in Love Actually even though I was mad at his character by the end. Lovely actor.

    1. Laurie
      January 31, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Thanks Erin. Ugh, can't believe I forgot to add that movie! Another one of my favs! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  8. Julia Nyanyo
    January 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I love this, so pretty. I actually watched the last Harry Potter film last night and found my eyes leaked just a bit at that scene. Alan Rickman was so good at playing that tortured soul.
    I also loved him in Truly Madly Deeply, have you seen that, it's another weepy though, have tissues at the ready.

    1. Laurie
      February 1, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Thank you Julia! I have not seen that movie, but will add it to my watch list! Thanks for the heads up.

  9. joy @ yummy seconds
    February 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

    This is a lovely project. You have inspired me to try this project soon. Happy Valentine's Crafts Day! Thanks for sharing.
    #FamilyJoyBlog Linky!

    1. Laurie
      February 1, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Thanks so much Joy! This is an easy one! Thank you for stopping by!

  10. Carlee
    February 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Oh my goodness, that turned out beautifully! I have next to nothing to decorate for Valentine's day. I'm pinning this and hope to get one made!

    1. Laurie
      February 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Carlee! This is an easy one to do. Thank you for stopping by!

  11. Charlene
    February 2, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I love how simple and perfect this decor is. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link up party this week.

    1. Laurie
      February 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Charlene! I enjoyed being a part of Family Joy Blog Link up this week!

  12. Jess
    February 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    This is SO cute…I love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Laurie
      February 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks so much Jess! I enjoy linking up for Crafting with J&J!

  13. Lisa @ Drugstore Divas
    February 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    This came out so lovely. I really, really like it. You could do it for any holiday too, which is great.

    1. Laurie
      February 4, 2016 at 1:10 am

      Thank you Lisa! I agree, it could be done for any holiday or for any word.

  14. Crochet Hooks
    February 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    totally cool! who knew elmers and watercolors could make such an awesome piece of art? So funny about your hubby questioning you, mine does too and I am like 'do you craft?!?" lol.

    1. Laurie
      February 4, 2016 at 1:13 am

      lol, glad I'm not the only one who has a husband with an opinion about my projects! Thank you for the visit!

  15. Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog
    February 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    This is gorgeous Laurie, and so easy to do! Pinning

    1. Laurie
      February 4, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Thank you Mary for the share and coming over to visit today.

  16. Heather S
    February 4, 2016 at 12:52 am

    This is really pretty and the little heart is a nice final touch. Beautiful frame too! Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

    1. Laurie
      February 4, 2016 at 1:14 am

      Thanks Heather. I enjoy being a part of the Small Victories Linkup. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  17. Sherry Nappa
    February 4, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Great Valentine's decorations. I love the watercolor. The frame is perfect.

    1. Laurie
      February 5, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Thank you Sherry! Love the frame too, it really sets off the watercolor. Purchased it at Hobby Lobby several months ago 🙂

  18. Darlene Nemeth
    February 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Laurie. Thanks for sharing your simple and fun project. I love the frame too. Best wishes, Darlene

    1. Laurie
      February 5, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you Darlene!

  19. Julie's Lifestyle
    February 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Laurie for sharing this at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J and it's featured this week!

    1. Laurie
      February 9, 2016 at 3:48 am

      Thank you Julie! I'm delighted to be featured this week at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!!

  20. Sam @ Living The Dutch Dream
    February 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This looks great, a simple idea but very effective. I myself was having a play with my watercolour set on sunday trying to make something for valentines but my lettering was sadly lacking so I gave up, maybe I should go back and try this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Laurie
      February 10, 2016 at 3:16 am

      Thanks so much Sam. I don't have the best lettering out there either, but it was easier writing with a glue bottle than I thought. Hope you have a chance to try again 🙂 Thank you for your visit!

  21. Robin at A Home to Grow Old In
    February 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I absolutely love this! And, I'm so impressed with your handwriting using glue. Mine would never come out as beautiful. It's such a gorgeous idea!

    1. Laurie
      February 10, 2016 at 3:17 am

      Thank you Robin. It was much easier than I thought to write with the glue. Thank you for your visit!

  22. Michelle
    February 9, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Laurie
      February 10, 2016 at 3:18 am

      Thanks so much Michelle! Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day 🙂

  23. Chloe
    February 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you for such wonderful clue. It always nice to do present by yourself. It contain the part of our soul.

    1. Laurie
      February 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you Chloe! I couldn't agree more 😉

  24. Donna Wirthlin
    February 11, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I love this–how clever and unique! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Laurie
      February 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you Donna. I enjoy sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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