If you're looking for an easy, last-minute Valentine's Day DIY, I've got the perfect project! I shared this on Instagram on a whim and a couple people asked for a tutorial, so here it is. The bright colors and sparkle are lighting up a dim corner of my living room right now and it's one of those things that just makes me smile.
Supplies: You will need some heavyweight paper (I used watercolor paper because that's what I had on hand), fingerpaints (available at the grocery store), masking tape, scissors and white glue or Mod Podge.
Since I wasn't planning on posting this, I don't have a photo of the work in progress but basically you just squirt big dollops of fingerpaints on your paper in a row, leaving a little white space between each color. I did a rainbow gradation from red, to pink, to white, to yellow, to blue. Using your fingers (they're fingerpaints after all!) just blend the colors horizontally. Be careful not to overmix the paints and use a different, clean finger for blending each color pair so you don't muddy the colors.
Allow your painting to dry completely. Then, cut a heart out of masking tape (I taped three small strips together to form a larger masking tape "square" then folded it in half and cut out my heart).
Position your heart wherever you want it, fill with an even layer of white glue or Mod Podge, and then generously cover with glitter. Shake off the excess glitter and carefully peel back the masking tape to reveal your sparkling heart. My inner Lisa-Frank-loving child was like, "Ooh-ahh...glitter...rainbooows..."
One thing to note: My art was too big for the frame I had, so I covered a portion with white masking tape to give it a bit of a border, which is why you may notice the edges are straight across on the top and bottom. Gotta make it work...Happy (early) Valentine's Day! xo