Love Wooden Blocks

By  Gina Lee Kim  for  Staedtler North America

size: 3-1/2"x3-1/2"x3-1/2

  • Love Wooden Blocks
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  • Wooden blocks, 3-1/2”x3-1/2”x3-1/2”, four
  • Vintage music sheets


  • Alphabet stencils
  • STAEDTLER Watercolor Paints: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Gamboge, Orange Yellow, Vermillion, Scarlet Lake, Rose, Mauve, Violet, Cerulean Blue, Deep Green, Sap Green, Light Green; Sand or Pale Peach Oil Pastel; Watercolor White Crayon
  • Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground
  • STAEDTLER Paintbrushes: #8 round, #8 flat
  • Brayer
  • Adhesives: PVA glue, matte fixative spray

Basic Supplies

  • pencil, palette, container of water, scissors
  • 1. Prime wooden blocks with three thin coats of watercolor ground using flat, allowing drying time between coats.

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  • 2. Lightly stencil L-O-V-E letters with pencil onto each block. Draw loose roses or flowers of choice with oil pastel. Create continuous floral pattern by aligning blocks. Add random leaf shapes.

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  • 3. Paint flowers with warm yellow-orange, red, and pink-purple paints using round. Use variety of green paints for leaves. Paint designs until opaque applying several coats of color.

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  • 4. To create lilac background color, mix equal parts Mauve + Titanium White with touch of Cerulean Blue. Paint background using round.

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  • 5. Rub White watercolor crayon onto music sheet and gently spread color with damp brush to achieve gentle white wash; let dry. Trace L-O-V-E letters with stencil and cut each letter out. Adhere letters to each painted block using brayer.

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  • 6. Seal finished blocks with spray fixative.
  • Tip
  • 1. Watercolor ground is an absorbent dedicated for watercolors - acrylic gesso will not work as a substitute. If you do not want to purchase watercolor ground, paint on heavy paper and adhere to blocks with spray adhesive.