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Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Reviews | 8 comments

Love Is Art — Where Sex Meets Finger Painting in The Coolest Way Ever

Love Is Art — Where Sex Meets Finger Painting in The Coolest Way Ever


IMG_1350I remember a day in pre-school when we were all enthusiastically finger painting — I was really going at it, I loved me some finger painting. When we were done the boy next to me showed me his painting. It was a picture of a house and a tree. The house was blue, the tree was green, the roof was black. He then looked at my painting which consisted of ALL the colors splattered and smooshed all over the paper. He took it in and said “Mine is a house, yours is the house after it fell down” (which was fairly diplomatic for a 5 year-old) I’ve always loved big, beautiful messes

I remembered this story the first time I spied Love Is Art, a conveniently packaged kit including everything you need make an abstract painting with your body.  Seriously, I fell in love with this idea, it’s basically really sexy finger painting! So, thanks to the folks at Burlesque Toy Shop and a really sweet, fun adventurous partner (often referred to here as “the cute boy”) I got to spend my recent birthday creating a big beautiful mess!

So, what’s the deal? The Love Is Art kit comes equipped with almost everything you need to create a large abstract painting by, well, having sex on a canvas. It is a thoughtfully produced product containing not only not-toxic* paint and a 41″ x 54″ specially treated canvas but also a drop cloth, two pairs of booties (to facilitate getting from canvas to shower without painting your floors), a scrubby thing (to scrub off the paint) and detailed instructions. You can actually see the thought process that went into creating this kit. “But wait! They have to get to the shower!”


How does it work? The folks at Love Is Art have made this super easy. After laying out the drop cloth and the canvas (which is complete with a marking indicating which side is up – thank you! I actually almost flubbed that!) I followed the instructions for sprinkling the entire bottle of paint all over the canvas. We followed a suggestion included with the kit and started off by playing a bit in the bedroom before coming out to the canvas. It was messy and fun! There were moments of being acutely aware of being on a hardwood floor or of planting a hand in a blob of paint but, for us at least, the novelty was almost as good as the sex itself. Seriously, this was fun!

How did it work out?  Almost everyone I’ve mentioned this to has speculated about ending up with a sexually graphic painting but the thing is, the instructions seem designed to help you be sure to create something abstract rather than x-rated. The process was easy and fun, the clean up was speedy (the scrubby is necessary though and I did find paint later on in…places) and I love the painting! Because it is a canvas you do need to get some stretcher bars and stretch it before it can be hung- I enjoyed that because I like that kind of thing but if you don’t, I’m willing to be you can bring it somewhere to be stretched.

Right at home next to the consent art

Right at home next to the consent art


Things I’m down with:

  • This is just cool. It’s a fun, messy way to celebrate sex or love or both! My partner and I were discussing the wedding gift possibilities here.
  • Again, I love how much thought you can see in the design of this kit. They really seem to have thought of everything. The instructional booklet even includes info on stretching the canvas— the only thing that’s not actually included in the kit.
  • I like that the painting isn’t graphic, I know it’s my sex painting but everyone doesn’t have to know. Alternately, if you want a graphic painting the potential is there too.
  • The price- $60 for a large abstract painting that’s all yours – is pretty great.


Things that make me go grr:

  • The stretcher bar thing is the only real caveat here. Love Is Art does everything they can to make this part easier (there’s a tutorial on their site, you can get the stretcher bars from them) but it is an extra step and expense to think about. ($32 on the Love Is Art site). That’s something folks might want to know up front (though I swear, it’s totally worthwhile!).


Get you Love Is Art kit here: SheVibe, She Bop

Thank you to Burlesque Toy Shop for giving me the Love Is Art kit to test!



This product was provided to me free of change in exchange for my honest review. My review policy is simple: I will never lie about liking a product if I don’t but when I do like something it’s hard to get me to shut up about it. 


* Here are some details on the non-toxic paint


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  • Adriana

    I saw a photo on twitter, I think. Pretty cool but you make a good point about stretcher bar

    • The Redhead Bedhead

      I do think that even with the bar thing it’s worth it but the topic came up when we were discussing the idea of giving this as a gift. I had just paid $45 for stretcher bars in a local shop and the question was raised “Is it weird to give someone a gift that they will have to pay to complete?”

      • Adriana

        I’m terrible at crafty things so I would wind up paying someone else to do it probably. I think it totally depends on the person. Are they really going to want to want to hang the finished product? Are they going to do the effort to use it? Someone who likely will love this will hang it even if they have to stretch it themselves.

  • GoodDirtyWoman

    This looks awesome! We already have plans to do some body painting with body/face paint, including framing the results. Maybe even making a video of it for Make Love Not Porn.

    • The Redhead Bedhead

      That is so cool!

  • Property Of Potter

    I love everything about this! Do you think anything would happen to the paining if you had to roll it up for a while before you’re able to display it? It would be a shame to do the painting and not have the stretcher bar, only for it to be ruined in the meantime.

    • The Redhead Bedhead

      I think it would be fine. I actually folded mine up before I thought about it. It was dry and I just picked it up and folded it and my partner said “are you sure that’s going to be okay and won’t flake or anything” and that that point I thought “yes, maybe wasn’t the best idea” but it was absolutely fine. I didn’t stretch it until I got back from a trip which was about a week and a half between painting it and stretching it and I had no problems.

  • Horny GeekGirl

    That looks brilliant. Now I just need to find a significant other. :-)