the artist admiring his piece
Projects that document this fleeting time with my little guy are a must, so when I spotted this hand print art in the background of a lovely interior, I knew we needed to shamelessly copy it! It's actually not our first time at the hand print rodeo... we love to experiment with hand prints and from experience I knew that I wanted ours to be a little more abstract (aka messy). I like each one to have it's own personality and to let it wiggle and flutter and not necessarily look like a clear hand in the end. It's also easier that way. Of course this is a matter of preference (that's the fun) and if your children are older they get to be in charge which is even more fun (at least I think it would be?).
Our process was very simple, we used a large sheet of cold press (smooth) watercolor paper and some water-based paint. Any color(s) would do but we stuck with black, hence that minimalism. I put a sheet of wax paper on a baking tray and smeared it with the paint in a thin and even layer. Then I used my kid as a giant paint brush! Again, if your child is older this could be more interactive but at his age speed was our friend.
It was finished in no time but we also let Little Smith do some extra painting on the side just to be fair. I stamped the date on it and then we headed straight for the tub, luckily the paint washed out of our clothes very easily.
Little Smith actually very much enjoys his painting, he stands in front of it and makes the 'sign' for butterfly, which either means that he thinks it looks like a bunch of butterflies or he just knows it has something to do with his hands.
I really love it. I can still see the whole process in each hand print; where Little S attacked it with a paint brush, where he backed out and decided he was done. I think this kid has some real talent in those palms!