The first time you fall in love,
it changes you forever
and no matter how hard you try
that feeling just never goes away.
Just in case you forgot,
which I’m almost positive you haven’t,
I want to remind you of those days in elementary school when you went off into a daze…
and drew crayon hearts and wrote random names plus yours (the only math that was truly fun) and knew…
that Bates would be your last name someday, because Tommy punched your arm in the hall and said, “Get lost!”
You knew, because that’s how the boys acted when they really liked someone.
That was then…
and then, one day, you grew up, and it happened.
You fell in love.
And you knew, you just knew,
that things would never be the same, ever again.
The feeling of belonging when you gazed into beautiful blue eyes… the bond that sparked between two hands clasped tightly… the settled-ness in the heart that this could only be from God.
And so it was. True Words.
True Heart Love.
Buy this card here.
To celebrate that love,
to put the promise on paper,
we designed this “Card of the Week” with the words, “I found love when I found you.”
So. much. meaning. behind those simple words.
That only you and your true love will feel.
Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day. This card is blank inside, to write any message, for any occasion.
Painting A Watercolor Heart
Now I want to switch gears a little, and tell you how easy it is to paint this heart.
First of all,
1. Watercolor Paper.
There are two types of watercolor paper, hot press and cold press. I have not tried hot press, but they say it is easier for beginners to use cold press. Cold press doesn’t absorb the paint as fast, and although you Do Not work watercolors the way you do oil or acrylic paints, this is still a good thing for a beginner. Which I most definitely am with watercolors. Although I’ve clocked my 10,000 hours with other types of paint, there’s no watercolor Outlier here.
Image Source: Grow Creative Blog
Grow Creative Blog has very simple yet crystal clear tutorials on watercolor painting, and she says this Strathmore paper is available at Michaels, and with a coupon, is affordable. She like Arches brand the best, which is also very expensive.
I only have one dedicated watercolor brush so far, and it is a generic round brush in about a size 6. I want to go shopping for brushes, and I’ve narrowed it down to three absolute necessities: A flat brush for washes, and two rounds, size 4 and size 0.
You want to buy the most expensive brushes you can afford. Mine won’t be the best, but the more expensive they are, the better they do their job. If it’s like other medium paint brushes, the better the brush, the less work you have to do to get a good outcome. The better brushes practically do it for you!
For this heart, with the splashes and washes, the brush really doesn’t have to be that good. I could, in fact, use any old brushes I have around, keeping in mind that the edge of the heart needs to be fairly contained.
3. Painting the Edge of the Heart
As you can see, the edges are not sharp and distinct. I like the little happy-accident washing on the edges. But you don’t want too much.
If you don’t trust yourself outlining a heart without any guides, use a watercolor pencil and trace a stencil or heart shaped cookie cutter.
Wet your clean brush with water, not sopping, but enough to give the inside of the heart-shape a coat of wet. Dip the tip of your brush into color, not too much, and just hold the very tip onto the wet paper. Watch the color spread. This part is the most fun ever. If you have more than one color of red, use them. Otherwise, let the heart dry partially, and add wet paint at some spots to darken and get the tie-dye look.
Let the heart dry completely, then splatter paint over the top with a wet brush. Not dripping wet, but wet enough. (Um, you may want to practise on a scrap paper first! Just saying.)
And that, my friends, is all she wrote.
Now, tell me how the painting goes.
Or tell me about the first time you fell in love…