A little color theory for

Mer Mag Color Theory Valentines
Can I just say that any holiday that uses an overwhelming amount of saturated reds and pinks in it’s celebration is OK by me?
As I was going through my Valentine inspiration files this year I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the powerful, strong colors popping off the pages. I was inspired…and the artist in me just want to dip my brush in and explore the variation and intensity of the wonderful hues.
So for this years Valentines cards, that is just what Little A and I did. We jumped right into a little “Color Theory 101”, and ran with it.
I started us out by going through my acrylic craft paints, choosing a variation of beautiful reds (wine, cranberry, tomato, blood, etc.) and then threw in orange to warm things up and white to push us a little into the pink zone.
I then drew out a grid for us to place the various, scrumptious hues.
Little A got right to work. He was very interested in blending colors so we got to the pinks right away. From there I had him mostly work with one color at a time, blending here and there with other colors if he chose to. I was sure to point out the amazing, subtle variations that one hue, RED, could have. I also worked right alongside him, helping him fill in random squares throughout the grid.
He got really into it…taking things pretty seriously (as you can see here).
In no time at all, the entire grid was filled with delicious, eye popping colors.
It really was a little mini work of art. In fact, I almost hated the idea of cutting this up into little Valentines…I almost wanted to frame it and hang it on the wall!
Mer Mag Color Theory Valentines
Well cut away we did (but not until I scanned it in), creating little mini custom works of art for each of his classmates and teachers.
We then addressed the cards and fit them into business card size vellum envelopes (that I’ve had hanging around, and dying to use, for forever).
Of course no Valentine would be complete without a little candy, so we placed a decadent dove chocolate cherry swirl heart in each one (and can I just say yummy!).
I then added little conversation heart sayings to the front of each envelope using some of my favorite pens (these seriously come in SO handy. I’m addicted…and you will be too).
Little A and I had a wonderful afternoon creating these. In fact he’s asked me a couple times since if we could make more valentines…
and hey…I’m all for spreading the love around…
…so much so that we have created a downloadable pdf version here for you to use if you don’t have time to make one of your own. Just click here to get started.
(And if you are looking for more V-day fixes this year, check out our piratey Valentines downloads from last year (recently featured on Parent Map and Crafty Crow). They were a big hit with Little A’s mateys!).
** All downloads are for personal use only. Please do not use for resale, or commercial production.
January 11, 2011



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    January 31, 2011

    This is brilliant! I’m going to try that with my girls this week, even though the one still handing out Valentines already has hers done.

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    January 31, 2011

    These are so great, must try to make these with my girls too sometimes! (we are big fan of those pens too 😉

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    January 31, 2011

    Wow! Those are beautiful. I love the little pops of orange.

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    Kelly and Kelly

    January 31, 2011

    these are beautiful!!

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    January 31, 2011

    Great cards – they’ll sure be a sensation!

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    January 31, 2011

    fabulous! i need to buy some paints to try that out 🙂 also, I printed the template but it came out a little blurry. thanks!

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    January 31, 2011

    Those are the cutest valentines!!! I’m now craving some dove chocolates though 🙂

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    January 31, 2011

    sorry Molly, try the new pdf link in the post. These should come out nice and clear.

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    rachel @ blackeiffel

    January 31, 2011

    Amazing! Great project.

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    jackie kersh

    January 31, 2011

    adorable, as always.

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    February 1, 2011

    love this idea! would love to try it out on a larger canvas for some cheap wall art.

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    February 2, 2011

    I just discovered your blog, so glad I did! These Valentines are gorgeous…I’m sharing this post on Twitter 🙂
    Cristina @Positively Beauty

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    February 2, 2011

    Hey he can always send love on over to his cousins!

    So adorable you are so ahead of the game with these!

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    Created By Storm

    February 2, 2011

    this is seriously too cute! thanks for sharing

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    Vida a Dois - by Lu

    February 3, 2011

    These are beautiful!! 🙂
    I liked… kiss

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    Dê Lima

    February 3, 2011

    beautiful, tks! (:

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    Sarah Jane

    February 4, 2011

    wow, so creative! i love these;)

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    February 4, 2011

    Wow…so beautiful!

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    Ansley Denihan

    February 4, 2011

    wonderfully inspiring. thanks for the great post and fun idea. i can’t wait to get out my paint box!

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    o charm

    February 4, 2011

    so so cute, mer. when are you going to start posting more often??? 🙂

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    February 4, 2011

    i just discovered your blog and i have to tell you…this is so great! the colors are so beautiful, it makes me feel like breaking out the paints again. 🙂

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    Brittany H.

    February 4, 2011

    Wow! I love it. I’ve reposted it on my blog with credit to you!

    Thanks for sharing,

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    February 5, 2011

    Brilliant!!! I will be doing this with my girl this week. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration.

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    February 5, 2011

    Brilliant!!! I will be doing this with my girl this week. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration.

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    February 6, 2011

    Simple yet sooooooo effective, partnered with the velum envelopes- very trendy.

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    February 6, 2011

    lovely idea and I love those pouty lips concentrating on getting those squares painted very cute. They look very Eric Carle ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ looking.

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    katie w

    February 6, 2011

    just saw this over on black eiffel…such a great project…and i agree, those are my favourite pens!

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    Tanya and Colin

    February 7, 2011

    So cute! Just wondering where you got the envelopes?

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    February 7, 2011

    really, really, love it!

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    February 7, 2011

    This is such a gorgeous idea!

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    February 7, 2011

    These are beautiful. An awesome idea.

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    February 8, 2011

    Beautiful! I love it.

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    Heather Sitarzewski

    February 8, 2011

    Absoultely scrumptious! Going to have to give this a whirl with my little one.

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    February 8, 2011

    Love this idea! Looks like Little A enjoyed it too! What a great way to get back to how it used to be….homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Fabulous!

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    February 8, 2011

    Hi Tanya and Colin, you can get the vellum envelopes here: http://www.envelopes.com/business/regular/3-mini-envelopes-clear-translucent

    thanks for asking.


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    February 10, 2011

    Lovely lovely idea for Valentines or any time cards! Promptly making some this evening. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    February 10, 2011

    these are so awesome 🙂

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    February 11, 2011

    I’m doing it with my kids tonight. Thank you!

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    Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket

    February 12, 2011

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I saw a link to these over at Silly Eagle Books and am so glad I clicked through. I can’t wait to try these with my daughter, good thing we have a few days left until the big day!

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    February 13, 2011

    Oh how lovely! I can’t wait to do this- but I’m going to put it on my wall. =) Thanks tons- you rock! Ohh and I’ll be linking as well.

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    Miss Money

    February 14, 2011

    found you via pinterest. beautiful color study & pretty striped curtains.

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    February 24, 2011

    Love this idea. I was looking for some artwork to put in our kids bathroom walls when I came across this little number. We (my three kids) did it on canvas boards, it looks fantastic. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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    February 27, 2011

    UH!!!!!! these are just insane awesomeness! I’m totally with you on the stong colour front… reds are fab.



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    February 28, 2011

    what a fun idea! Those colors are fantastic.

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    March 4, 2011

    this would make an awesome fabric design! let me know if you ever create some custom fabric with it!

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    Amy Hermes Anderson (AHA)

    June 29, 2011

    This is a brilliant idea. I can’t wait to try it with my 4 year old daughter.


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    Melanie Saucier

    February 9, 2012

    Another beautiful project! And I agree with Leslie, it would do great for a fabric and products…

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    Bows and Sparrows

    April 12, 2012

    Awesome idea…spotted it thanks to http://allthingsami.com/. Love your site!


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