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Art GRIP® Aquarelle Valentines

 Hello! Dana Tatar here today sharing some valentines that I created with the Red Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. I used the watercolor pencils along with some Gel Medium to create the string heart embellishments for my valentines. The richly pigmented water-soluble lead from the pencils turns into permanent, waterproof and lightfast watercolor, so my dyed string hearts are just as vibrant as the watercolor on the paper.


Step One: Use the Red Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils to add thick lines of color to cardstock.


Step Two: Cut 8 pieces of white string, each measuring 24 inches. Spritz the cardstock with water to activate the pencils and roll the string around until each piece is saturated with color. Set aside to dry.


Step Three: Pull each string through Gel Medium and shape into a heart on a non-stick surface. Set aside to dry.


Step Four: Die-cut small squares from the dry cardstock leftover from Step Two. Use a Stamper's Big Brush Pen and a script stamp* to add a subtle pattern to the cardstock squares. Splatter the squares with watered-down Gesso.


Step Five: Glue a string heart to each square and stamp* a sentiment using a Stamper's Big Brush Pen to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you. If you'd like to see more of my work, please stop by my blog, They Call Me Tatar Salad.

Red Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils (770110)
Stamper's Big Brush 3ct - Neutral (#770054)
Gesso (#770302)
Gel Medium (#770303)

*Background Writings and Handmade Stamp Sets provided by Paper Wings Productions.

Dana Tatar I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in Virginia with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 6 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything, including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture.

I'm an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I'm not creating art, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family and basset hound.


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This is such an awesome technique, Dana! You're so creative!

Dana, this is a fabulous project. I was just contemplating creating some sort of art piece for each of my 24 volunteers of my Girls Club, for Chrismas, and this just might be it!!! I can make ornaments out of the string, or flowers for a year-round piece of art or butterflies!!! You are amazingly talented and generous in sharing! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

These turned out so pretty!

Thanks for the love ladies!

@Lucie - I'd love to see what you create! If you want to try this technique and have any questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email. :)

Love, Love, Love Dana!! They are so pretty!! Love the technique and I am excited to give this a try!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Hey Dana! Popped in to say how much I enjoy this clever idea - will definitely have to give this one a try! Thanks for the inspiration xo

What a fabulous idea, Dana, and a well made tutorial, like yours always are!

I have been DWELLING on THESE Aquarelle Water Colored Pencils here lately!!!! :) (I LOVE WATERCOLOR, so it's NO SURPRISE! LOL) LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your Valentines!!!!:) I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Valentines Day!:) Your Valentines are FABULOUS!!!!!!SOOOO CREATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!:)Such a FUN WAY to make Valentines!!! THANKS FOR SHOWING US!!!!!!!!!!! AND "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!!!!!!" :)

So simple yet so WOW.

What a great project! Thanks so much for sharing!

These rock Dana! A fab tutorial too!:)

Those are so cute. Love them. Thanks for sharing,

Oh, this is really lovely Dana!!! Congrats for this new Guest DT commitment, seeing that by chance I'm happy! :)

Hi Dana-
I'm with Coco, congratulations on the Guest DT at F-C!!! I often check out your blog (thru Moxxie), but it was a happy surprise to see you here too! It is a great fit and love how you thought to color and shape the string!

WOW, this is totally fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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