This is an adorable quick little DIY craft that is easy enough for my elementary youth group to do, so you can conquer this as well. SUPER EASY. It’s perfect for Valentines Day, but also can be used as “everyday”. You decide.
You can choose any size canvas or canvas board. We chose small ones so that the kids could have them for themselves.
The first step is simple. Your going to paint your entire canvas white. I know it is already white, but if you skip this step then after you peel the letters, you will see an evident difference in shine between the painted part and the letters.
Once that is dry, you can use painters tape to write out your word of choice. I chose LOVE for the sake of not having any Valentines Day decorations, other than my kiddos preschool crafts.
Next up, we started painting! I took the top as my darker shade and had it fade down into a white. So to start, I took a VERY light shade (practically white) of the purple and covered the entire canvas. YES… over the letters. I think its important to use a VERY light shade at the bottom so that the bright white of the letters will really pop.
Then I added the darkest shade of purple and painted it along the top edge. Don’t worry if you go to far down.. Paint is pretty forgiving. Be sure to do this while the paint is still wet. OMBRE = Blending = WET PAINT
As you can see, I started going with a downward stroke. I hated it. So I quickly fixed that and started going horizontal.
I just continued to add dark on top, and light on the bottom until I had a blend that I thought I liked. Pretty simple and I think self-explanatory.
Once you have the blended look you want, and before the paint dries, slowly and carefully peel up the tape. (ahhhh… there is something so satisfying with peeling up tape off a painted canvas) As you can see, my letters did bleed a little under the tape. This was NOT my intention, but I kinda liked it! Sometimes the biggest mistakes can be our greatest pieces!
And there you go! Your very own Ombre Love Painting! Easy as pie!