Fingerpaint Valentine

On this Valentine, you want paint everywhere but on the message.  It is a fun reversal of usual methods.  Kids like making pictures and words with masking tape and then covering their paper in finger paints.  Young children can do the painting if you help with the message.

You will need:

1.  Sturdy paper

2.  Finger paint

3.  Masking tape

4.  Scissors

5.  Newpaper to cover your work area (optional)

Two colorful fionger paint valentines
Thin strip of masking tape 1.  Cut thin strips of masking tape.
Spelling out  a message with masking tape 2.  Use the masking tape to write out messages and make designs.
Painting 3.  Start painting!  Spread the paint on thick and make sure to cover most of the paper.
Two finger paint valentines with white messages 4.  Let the paint dry.  Then peel off the masking tape to reveal the message.  Make sure the paint is completely dry or the paper will tear.  If you look carefully at the picture, you can see some tearing in the top valentine.

Masking tape was inventind in 1925 after Richard Drew, an employee of 3M, watched car painters struggle to paint a two tone car.  They used tape to control the lines but when they removed the tape it peeled the paint with it.  Richard Drew tried to make a tape that was less sticky.  His boss ordered him to drop the project but he persevered, even using slightly underhanded strategies to get the money he needed from 3M to perfect his invention.  His boss must have forgiven him because he was never fired and 3M began to sell masking tape and still does today.

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