Wednesday, February 06, 2013

valentine stones

Stones are one of my favorite surfaces to paint and alter. The best part is that I live across the street from a beach covered in stones- which means they are a free supply! This year I thought they would make a perfect alternative to traditional paper valentines. 

I decided to make a whole bunch of simple and pretty little valentine stones (for the residents in the extended care facility where my grandmother lives).I typically like to paint stones but since I was making a lot, I kept it simple with collage.

1. I started by painting plain white paper with watercolors- I wanted to create a very light wash of color. You could also use colorful or pattern paper!  2. Next I cut out A LOT of little heats- the fast way- folding the paper in half and cutting. 3. Then I doodled a little border on each heart. 4. Last, I added a word.


Using Mod Podge I added the hearts to the surface of colorful painted stones.

I let the stones dry and just like that I have some simple little valentines! A perfect expression of love and something that could be kept year round.


They are a great kid friendly project and really fun to personalize!

I couldn't resist creating a large version but instead of keeping it simple I spent a little time doodling all over my heart and then collaged it to the stone. This one is going to my studio as a doorstop




23 comments:

  1. I will have to do this to some of my heart shaped rocks. My girl scout troop will love this project.
    Chris =]

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  2. These turned out sweet!!


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  3. I love this idea, so simple and pretty. Your bigger stone is gorgeous and love the paint splattered jeans you got on.

    Thanks for the idea!!

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  4. Simply beautiful ! Would definitely try these, I have some middle size stone in the tray, thanks for inspiring!

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  5. Doorstop perfection. Melted my heart.

    So very special!
    Kelley~

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  6. bernadette3:00 AM

    l'amour et la joie sont des couleurs ! si beau!

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  7. very good designs . Love to try out this. Very creative

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  8. Absolutely cute and lovely idea !
    I love your grafics !!
    Greatings from Germany
    Angelika

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  9. Anonymous4:48 AM

    I love how you see beauty in every day object, and more so how you are able to otransform them into something magical. I am a big fan!

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  10. Une belle manière de dire je t'aime...
    Gros bisous.

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  11. Great idea! What kind of paint did you use to paint the stones?

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  12. absolutely brilliant! as always! :) i love sticks and stones too!! thank you for your inspirations!! the folks at your gma's home will love them! xoxoxo and the doorstop is to dye for!! :) xo

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  13. oh oh love the large one so pretty!

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  14. Son preciosas!!! cómo algo que es una naturaleza muerta puede cobrar vida con tan poco.
    Bravo, Alisa!!
    Me encanta tu trabajo. Un beso desde Madrid, España

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  16. Love your valentine stones! What a lovely gift to give!
    The large stone is beautiful!

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  17. I was planning to bake cookies for all my Valentine's pressies, but actually stones are quicker! ;)

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  18. Popping by from Pinterest! Love this idea, I know that the residents at the nursing home will love being remembered in such a special way!

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  19. I'm sure they will all appreciate these sweet and thoughtful gifts.

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