Nov 4, 2009

Flower Hands Painting

Do you need artwork for your child's room?

 *the finished project, hung with love in the nursery
*close-up: imperfection is perfection. *let little hands help paint

*simple lines for leaves and stems

*this step not necessary, but I wanted to embellish with some dots for a finished look. I used the back of an eraser dipped in paint.

What are two little girls to do when their baby sister needs artwork for her nursery? Make her a painting with their very own "hands" (no pun intended)! This painting is seriously so easy to make--and if you don't like the pink with black color-scheme you can choose whatever colors will work for your space.

I am going to take you step by step through the process.

Materials Needed:
1. Canvas (I purchased this one from Micheals. It was a 18" x 24" and I want to say around $10. The store brand canvases are typically cheaper when you do shop around, just FYI.)
2. Paints and paint brushes (I used non toxic acrylic paint)
3. Imagination! Just remember that part of the fun is to just go with it. Making a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork is just that--one of a kind. It should not look perfectly produced.

4. Little hands (or feet, which works best with babies)--or you can use your own!
The process:

Step 1:
Paint the canvas your background color. My little helpers helped me with this whihc was great because I wanted the background to show brush strokes and be imperfect. If you want the background to be more solid, just paint a final, thicker coat after your little partners contribute.

Step 2:
Let the paint dry at least 1/2 hour
Step 3:
Using a flat tray (I used the back top of an old tupperware container) squueze the color of paint you want to use for your "flowers", leaves and stems. Dip the child's hands (or feet) into the paint and guide them to make a print on the canvas. Make several prints of alternating heights.
Step 4:
Paint the stems and leaves using simple strokes. Use a marker or pencil first and paint over later, if you prefer (this does help)
Step 5:
Leave as is or embellish with dots or lines. I used a pencil eraser dipped in paint to create dots on my "flowers" leaves and stems.
Step 6:
Find a place to hang, and be proud of your artwork, created by you and your children

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kuhlchikk said...

that is sooo sweet!! Oh I just want to have kids!! hahaha

justastonesthrowaway said...

Love it!

Hillcrest Acres said...

This project is fabulous and what a great way to preserve the little hand prints!!

Anonymous said...

Oh My! I love this! I am going to try it this weekend with my kiddos! THanks for the ideas.

Tracy in South Dakota

Maureen said...

I love this - I plan to do it. Thank you for the inspiration.

Lindsayb-mo said...

I love this idea! How incredibly cute! Thanks for sharing it. I can't wait to try it!!!

Cami said...

Oh I love it! The best way to preserve those tiny hands I've seen!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you have a similar idea with hand prints or foot prints for a boys nursery? I don't know if flowers would be as cute in my little ones room!!

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