This was a fun project, though quite challenging at times, we still managed to complete the set within two days.
First and foremost I made it a point to let my littles make decisions as much as possible. Like picking the colors, choosing hand placement (no need to stress that since we aren’t turning the hands into an animal or something along those lines.)
They even chose the overall idea of the three pictures fitting together like a puzzle. Honestly, I believe that is my favorite part of the project.
Now, the hardest part was the hand prints.
I chose to do this step first and then build around it because we weren’t sure what the finished product was going to be and we wanted that to be the focal point.
I learned a lesson about less is more with this one. Using too much paint in your littles hand will leave the print itself blotchy, the fine lines of the hand won’t be captured as neatly and you risk making a bigger, tougher mess to clean up. Especially with smaller to the smallest of littles.
So, use and fine brush and paint your baby’s hand lightly. You can make adjustments along the way, adding more paint, adjusting the color so that it is a darker or lighter tone, etc. With my older two I did a few practice runs on a blank paper, which helped prep them for the real deal later on as well.
“Practice makes perfect!”
- Four supplies or less
- Completed in under ten steps
- Two day project
- Allow the paint to dry overnight before adding the black Sharpie or using white paint marker
- Organize multiple canvases so that they each compliment the other(s)
- Add their names, a loving message, creative artwork or leave the canvas as it
- 1. Place original, painted hand print on canvas
- 2. Add background color
- 3. Dry overnight
- 4. Fine tune the original hand print
- 5. Allow paint to dry again if needed
- 6. Trace your little’s hand over the original hand print, this time with a regular black Sharpie
- Washable acrylic paints (Kid friendly)
- Blank, white, canvas
- Fine, flat tip paint brush
- Regular black Sharpie Marker
- White Sharpie oil based paint marker (Optional)