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:

A Little Creation said...

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

jabbott said...

These turned out sweet!!


dawn said...

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!!

Preeti Dubey said...

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

Kelley Dibble said...

Doorstop perfection. Melted my heart.

So very special!
Kelley~

bernadette said...

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

Tours to Sri Lanka said...

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

Diya said...

Super cute .. It reminds me of the pebbles I painted recently here

An_Geli_Ka said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

martinealison said...

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

Kelley said...

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

studioGypsy said...

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

Hi, Im Kelly! said...

oh oh love the large one so pretty!

Estrellas de Lana said...

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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Beverley Baird said...

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

Lalav said...

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

JuneA** said...

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!

anna maria said...

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

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