Here’s a quick little tutorial post for a simple and memorable gift. We just did this for mother’s day and it turned out great! I can’t wait to hang it on our wall.
what you’ll need:
- Canvas or Illustration board
- Masking Tape
- Finger Paint
- Sealant (Optional)
Use whatever paint you want. At first I looked up a bunch of recipes online for finger paint that were very baby friendly and I think I’ll still try those some time for a fun weekend, but it looked like a lot of those faded in color or just didn’t stick to the board and I wanted this to be a bright and fun piece that would last so I opted to buy non toxic finger paint for toddlers online. It’s safe for kids ages 18M+ and it worked great! The brand we got was “Alex Jr” in case your are interested.
Time to get to work!
Step 1: Tape off the sections you want to stay white. This could be anything you want. Some things to start of with could be the initial of your kid’s name or your last name, a heart, a peace sign, a simple word. I taped off the word “LOVE” inside a heart on ours. Keep in mind curves can be a little more difficult but I found tearing the tape off in to little pieces worked really well. Make sure there are no air pockets or wrinkles in the tape to let in paint.
Step 2: Tape the edges of the canvas or board. This will help give it a clean finished look when it’s done
Step 3: Layout a plastic tarp and place the paint and canvas on it then have your little ones completely cover the top of canvas. Try to get them to cover all the white spaces.
This is obviously the fun part. We let Micah do most of the work on this and then since Wren is still a little young for finger paint we just dipped her feet in it and then had her kick around on the board that way they both could make their marks.
Step 4: Once it’s completely dry remove the tape. and clean it up if necessary. Since I used a pencil to layout everything before I taped it there was still a little bit of pencil lines on the white section so I cleaned it with some white paint.
Step 5: Spray it with a sealant so that it lasts. And Tada! you have artwork worthy of hanging in an art gallery.