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The Love Bug Gang

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
Alone or together, this gang of love bugs will sweeten your Valentine’s Day!
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Skill Level: Beginner


PLAID Supplies
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Bright Red, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Yellow, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Black, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Cloudless, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Coral, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Lilac Mist, 2 oz.
Other Supplies
Styrofoam ball – large and small
Black chenille stems
Wood word cutouts
Spouncer ¾”
Flat brush ¼”
Liner brush #1
Stencil brush 1/8”
Round brush #4
Glittered foam sheets – red/white/aqua and dark pink
5mm Wiggle eyes


  1. Referring to photo, paint larger Styrofoam balls (bodies) Black, Lilac Mist and Yellow. When dry, add Bright Red spouncer dots, paint Black stripes and a Cloudless heart.

  2. Press gently on tops of larger balls to create a flat area on bottom to sit without rolling.

  3. Paint remaining small balls (heads) Coral. When dry, paint Black and Lilac Mist caps as shown.
  4. Glue eyes and paint face details with Liner brush. Using a very dry stencil brush, add red cheeks.

  5. Create spouncer dots where arms and legs will be inserted.

  6. Cut chenille stems to desired lengths for arms, legs and antennae. Insert and secure with glue.

  7. Curl ends of arms around wood word cutouts.

  8. Cut heart shapes and collars out of glittered foam sheets. Glue to bodies as shown.

  9. Glue heads to bodies and your love bugs are ready to spread the love!
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