Okay parents — what do you say we make this a foam-craft-project-free holiday season? Instead let’s have our little Renoirs and O’Keefes creating artwork on canvas that they can feel proud to create and to give.
The credit for this idea goes to my friend Shannon Gibson. Every year she has her kids create new Christmas paintings using handprints on canvas. Then the kids give them as gifts to their grandparents for Christmas. Love it!
- Tempera or acrylic paint
- Small canvases (sometimes they come 2 to a pack)
- A permanent marker to add detail
Step One: If you would like a color other than white for the background, I would suggest doing a wash. To do this you combine the desired background color with white and a bit of water. With a brush or a sponge apply the paint to cover the canvas evenly and let dry.
Step Two: When you have picked a design, paint the child’s palm with paint. Show him to fan his hand open, press it down firmly and not to move it around. Lift it up and repaint if doing more than one handprint. Wash child’s hand well.
Step Three: To make ornaments, lights, etc, pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate. Have the kids dip their finger in the paint and press onto the painting. Wipe finger clean after each color.
Step Four: Have the child sign, date and title his/her painting on the front or back. For younger children you may have to help. The funny titles they come up with are half the fun. My eight-year-old wanted to create her own painting rather than make a handprint painting, so I let her do her own thing while my four-year-old was happy making handprint paintings.
Questions? Just Ask Holly in comments.