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Cotton Swab Painting- Valentine’s and Bouquet

Today we are going to create a fun, new tool to help us paint many colors at once, in lines- it's called Cotton Swab painting. We'll show you how to create your painting tool and then share how to use it to create a Valentine's Card and Cardboard Bouquet. There's so many possibilities with this kind of painting technique!



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For Cotton Swab Painting Tool:



-Cotton Swabs

-Paper plate or cardboard for paint

-Washable or acrylic paint


For Valentine:

-Watercolor or Heavyweight Paper


-Drawing Utensil

We used Glitter Gel Pens from iHeartArt Supplies by @brightstripesco


For Cardboard Bouquet:

-Cardboard tube


-Paper straw or wooden stick

-Paper Flower Bouquet printable from the blog at if you want a flower template!



Step 1: Cut out a piece of cardboard around 4x4in.

Step 2: Cut a hole out of one side of your cardboard piece in order to make a holder for your hand to go in.

Step 3: Stick cotton swabs into the holes of the cardboard on the end of the piece; leave a half inch of the cotton swab out of the cardboard.

Step 4: Dip your cotton swabs into paint, make sure each swab has paint on it, and use them to paint designs onto your bouquet, valentine, or anything you want!

Step 5 (For Bouquet): Cut out floral shapes out of cardboard or paper, attach them to sticks, and add them into a cardboard roll!


When you make your own version of this project, post it online with #ArtFeedsMakes so we can cheer you on in your creativity!


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