Balloon HeartsMy goal today was to keep things really simple so kids could experiment with their wet-on-wet painting. This fourth grade girl, Lola, did an impeccable job, using the colors to make shadows. I’m in love with that center balloon, which blends fuschia and red.

1. Students could free draw a random arrangement of hearts, or use a stencil. Small triangle ends are drawn at the bottom, with strings below.

2. The art is traced with a dark crayon, pressing heavily to make a definite edge.

3. The balloons are painted with liquid watercolor paint. Additional colors are dabbed in as desired. Lastly, the background is painted.