Valentine Crafts, Part Two

The Superbowl was last weekend, and I decided to host a Super-crafty Bowl party for a couple of friends, their husbands & PB’s baby friend, Opie.  There was food, football, and about 4 sweet hours of playing with art supplies.  It was so fun, and we decided that since each of us has a different artistic background (painter, jewelry designer, knitter) we should take turns hosting and teaching the others what we know.  Good idea, right?!

Anyway, I spent my time working on some more love day decorations.  I started out with these little coffee filter hearts, a project inspired by Jean over at Artful Parent.  It looked like a good introduction to watercolors for PB, and I wanted to play with them, too!  The coffee filter paper cuts easily and just soaks up the watercolors.  They look like a hybrid of stained glass and ty-dye.  Just swipe a bit of glue stick onto the glass and arrange the hearts. PB’s is the spotty one in the lower left corner.

I’m just beginning to discover the beautiful possibilities of paper.  The whole scrapbook bug never bit me, but I have always been drawn to the beautiful papers and stickers.  With the help and inspiration of these artful friends, I  decided to collect some heart-themed papers and try my hand at making a little garland.  Circle meets hearts, with a little glitter glue and ribbon.  Simple and fun.

And toward the end of the evening, while I was waiting for my glitter glue to dry (because you can never have too much glitter glue!) I found the stack of paint chips leftover from this project.  I pulled out the pinks and reds and started tracing hearts onto them for no other reason than my hands wanted to keep playing.  Stacks of hearts later, I threaded them onto some monofilament (fancy for fishing line) and hung them around the house.

That’s all the crafty love for this year!  It’s fun to take a break from knitting once in a while and try myhand at something new.  Working with new materials engages your brain in a different way than knitting. These simple projects were all colorful and tactile, something important to me with knitting, and yet so different from knitting, too.  I love cutting things out of paper; the way a paintbrush, heavy with paint, glides across paper; the smell of tape and glue.  And let’s not underestimate the satisfaction of starting and finishing a project in one sitting; that rarely happens with knitting!

Speaking of finishing things: the knitting on my green sweater is complete!  This weekend will be spent weaving in ends, blocking, and trying to figure out how to seam it all together.  Or maybe I’ll cast on a new, quick project instead.  Hmmm.  Hope you have a lovely weekend and Valentine’s Day!

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5 thoughts on “Valentine Crafts, Part Two

  1. Oh thanks for some lovely ideas! My little ones and I are planning to meet up with some dear friends on the 14th and make some heart-shaped custard cream biscuits, but will definitely give the coffee-filter hearts a whirl too. Yours look beautiful. Laura

  2. Looks like a good time was had by all….lot’s of LOVE and good CHEER around you house with all those hearts! Wonderful….that’s my kind of Super Bowl party! Im thinking you will be wearing that green sweater next weekend? XOXOX

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