painting with credit cards

Crafting for Valentine’s Day using a credit card and acrylic paints:

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We made this Valentine’s craft today, using a really neat technique.  If you’ve never tried painting with credit cards before, you really must.

valentine's painting with credit cards

I love how easy this process is to set up and to do.  It produces gorgeous results and provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about colour mixing.

Credit Card Painting Supplies:

  • An expired credit card or gift card (you can also use a sturdy piece of cardboard with a straight edge)
  • 3 or 4 colours of paint
  • a “canvas” (we used white cardboard).

painting with credit cards supplies


The process:

Drizzle the paint over your canvas.  This is a great way for your child to learn how to control the flow of paint.  Talk to him or her about squeezing the tube of paint gently and moving his or her arms in a circular or back and forth motion over the canvas as they’re squeezing.painting with credit cards - happy hooligans

Now, hand the credit cards over to the kids (hmmmm, you don’t hear that often!), and have them scrape and blend the paint colours altogether.  I find this part of the process fascinating, and I love to hear the children’s reactions to what they’re seeing and creating.  painting with credit cards process

Doesn’t it look gorgeous? img_7286

credit card painting techniques colour blendingThe rest of it is fairly self-explanatory.  Once the paint had dried, I cut a large heart out of  each of the pieces of card painting - valentines' hearts

Then the Hooligans glued crumpled squares of tissue paper all around the edge of the heart.

And there you have it!  Simple, free, and pretty darn cute!

I loved the whole scrape-painting process, that we made a few more works of art to hang on the walls of our new playroom. :) painting with credit cards

Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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