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Art du Jour: Watercolor Heart Strings

teacher avatar Lucie Duclos, Design + Mixed Media

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6 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Tracing

    • 4. Painting

    • 5. Stitching

    • 6. Merci

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About This Class


Art du Jour is a series of simple and playful art projects that you can make under 30 minutes. Watercolor Hearts Strings is the first class in this new series and is all about sending love because it's always the right season to show a little love.

In this class you will create a series of 8 watercolor hearts using a simple template, one color and a fun crayon resist technique, then string them together with embroidery thread.

This is a quick little project for beginners or anybody who wants to just have fun, you don't need to now how to paint, it's all about about textures, patterns and mark making. You do need to know how to use a needle and tread.

When you are finished, you can hang it in your windows or doorway or even better, put it in an envelope and send it to a friend. Guarantee to bring a smile to the person who opens the envelope! 

Join me today and create a Heart String and send more love into the world!

I would love to see your hearts in the project section or if you are on instagram, find me at lucieduclos and use #lucieloveshearts

Sending love and cheers!

Lucie xox

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Lucie Duclos

Design + Mixed Media


Hello, I'm Lucie and I am a graphic designer and mixed media artist. I work with a lot of different mediums and techniques from pen and ink to watercolor, monoprints, encaustics, collage, acrylics and bookmaking. My work experience is in publishing, packaging and textile design. I have done packaging and illustration work for Harry & David, Smith & Hawken, UPPERCASE magazine, Danone and Salesforce among others. 

I grew up in Montreal, Canada, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then to Port Townsend, Washington to finally end up right back in Canada, but on the west coast, in Victoria, British Columbia. 

Check out my latest class: The Art of Stone Painting and experiment with lines, grids, patterns, botani... See full profile

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1. Introduction: 2. Materials: Let's go over the materialists, you'll need to create your heart string. So first you'll need to download the heart template in the project section. Then you'll need two sheets of card stock not too thick, because you're gonna have to so through it, so you don't need any fancy watercolor paper. You can just use some card stock from the office supply stores, and then you'll need the scissors and a pencil. Then you'll need a medium water brush or any other kind of watercolor brush that you like. I like the water brush because there's a fine point to make details, and you can also do larger wash with it, and then you'll need one color of water color and something to makes you paint. Then you'll need one white crayon, and I find that it's cheaper to buy a whole box of crayons for, like, $2 than to buy one fancy crayon at an art supply store. And the last thing you need is needle and thread. I like to use embroidery thread you can use. You could use regular thread, you would need to double it. And, of course, if you have anything sparkly at all used that and, ah, you just use a employed irregular embroidery needle with a sharp end and I think that's it . You're ready to go, so let's get started. 3. Tracing: So now we're going to create a template to, um, trace our hearts on our piece of paper on a piece of card stock. So you're gonna, uh, take your peace your template and folded in half and take a piece of 8.5 by 11 card stock and folded and 1/2 and put it in between. And then you're just going to go around and cut both of them together, And then are you Ah, just you're gonna use the piece of card stock as a template, and what I usually do is just cut around the edges so that I don't have this huge piece of , um of cardboard to, You know, it's easier to move around, so we're going to try to fit. We're gonna fit eight of them on this piece of paper, and, um, just you can put him in a row like that. Ah, and you can also, um, you know whichever way you want to do it, it's fine. As long as you could fit eight on the page way 4. Painting: So the first thing we're gonna do here to do the front the first part of our hearts is we're gonna grab our white crayon and we're gonna draw the textures and some lines and marks and patterns. Ah, you You want to kind of do a different pattern on every one of them, but you don't have to. You can decide that you wanna have the same thing all over and you can. But the way I like to do it is just kind of create a little pattern, a different pattern for each, uh, heart. The thing with the white crayon on white is that it's a little hard to see what you're doing. So you get a nice little surprise when you start putting the paint on it because you already know was gonna appear. It's kind of magic that way. But, uh, but if you if you look at the on the side of the of the paper, when you do your white on white, you'll see the lines. But it doesn't really matter, you know. It's just, ah, just kind of enjoyed the process and kind of a blind drawing here and then enjoy the surprise when we put the paint. Okay, so now where this is where the magic happens, we're gonna add water color on top of our crayons, and you're going to see how cool that looks. So you see, it just gives It's like, this little resist effect, almost like batik. I guess when you do it on fabric. But this is on paper. So I just very my color, um, you know, some of them, I put a little more water on it, Some of them I put a little bit more concentrated watercolor, and you can use any kind of watercolor for this, and you can use any color you want, and you can use more than one color. But I just decided to keep this this exercise like a simple it's possible so you can just get done and, uh, and be careful not to use too much water. Uh, because gonna go right through this paper is not super fancy paper, But look at that. That beautiful. So now that everything is dry, we're going to grab your scissors and cut all the little hearts, and you'll be able to see your pencil line through the, um watercolor, So it'll be pretty easy to do. Now we're ready to work on the backside of our hearts. So we're gonna line them up and you can see that I did put a little too much water on one of them because you can actually see that it went right through. But it's not a big deal, because we're gonna just paint over it anyway. So just play with lines and fish scales and polka dots and any kind of mark making a pattern that goes through your head. I really like Ah, this water brush because of the line quality and how I can, um, just play with it and use it almost like a like a marker. But you can use a any kind of brush that you feel comfortable with and, um or even like any kind of mark making tool that you that you on the X experiment with 5. Stitching: Now it's time to stitch everything together. So first I'm gonna sort of lying my little hearts the way that I wanna have him on my string. And then I'm going to grab a piece of embroidery thread and, um, about maybe a meter Oh, our yard. And I want you want to put like, ah, not at the end of your threat for your first heart and go in and kind of tack it. So you go in again and pull it in. Start to, um, thread the next one. So this is why you don't wanna have something that's a little like a card stock that's a little too thick, because it's gonna be hard to to thread, but you can do it. That's just going to be a little bit harder, Um, and then if you use too thin of paper than it's gonna be a little flimsy, but that works do so. I want to have maybe about a couple inches between all my heart's. So I'm just gonna go and just do this to every each one of them until I get to the end 6. Merci: Thank you so much for taking my class. I would love to see your heartstrings So if you want to share in the project section below , that would be great. And if you want to share on Instagram, you can use hashtag. Lucy loves hearts and you can take me at least do clue. And you can also follow me on skill share. So you'll be the 1st 1 to know when I published a new class. See you soon.