Fingerprint Art

Want to cross something off your list for a homemade Father’s Day or an end of the year teacher’s gift?

Grab a canvas, some paint and some little fingers.  Dip and dab. Make a legend/key to match color and fingertip.

We made this one for my mom for Mother’s Day, including my two kids and my nieces and nephews. I sketched an outline of the heart out in yellow chalk as a guide.  Any shape (think: a sun, a flower, a happy face, a fish or ocean waves), initials or a special number (birthday, house number, class year) would work.  Adults can join in too – so don’t dismiss this one if you only have one or two kids!  And you can include family from all over; once your family’s prints are dry (don’t forget to write your name next to your color), just pop it in the mail for the cousins across the country to finish.

Each family member can also paint their own heart, a la Jim Dine’s 1970′s “Hearts,” which hung above my bed on my Grandma’s Florida guest room wall for many years. Hey, I want one of these!

Idea inspired by Busy Kids= Happy Moms, via Craft Gossip.

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