It's one of the properties we love most about them. (Or hate, right?)
In this art project inspired by Meri Cherry's blog post, I thought I'd show you how we fully embraced the BLEED this month and used it in a simple geometic artwork. (P.S. If you don't follow Meri Cherry on all channels of social media, you're really missing out!)
Obviously, this can be done with any shape, but we're working with heart today because Valentine's day is just around the corner.
So far, we've done this project with our Fourth Friday crew, valentine's day bonus classes and our preschool classes. Honestly though, the person who has had the MOST fun making these is ME. (Grown-ups, if you need a meditative, stress-free painting invitation--this is it.)
The process is simple:
Step One: Lightly draw hearts on watercolor paper.
You'll want to make sure that they overlap just slightly. Make sure your hearts are sized appropriately. Too small and they are tricky to paint (especially for young kids). Too pig and they might dry before you get to the next one and then they don't bleed!
Step Two: Paint each heart one-by-one.
When you connect the two hearts, the colors will bleed together. Go with the flow and try not to move the paint around once it starts bleeding. Just move onto the next and let it do what it wants.
You ready for this? Here's the bleed in action:
Notice that the LAST thing I did after painting the heart shape was connect the two wet hearts.
I could paint these hearts for hours. I hope you have fun testing it out. I'd love to see your results once you're done. Tag us on IG or on Facebook @orangeeaselart!
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