For the holiday, I made the grandparents artwork using only paint on my son’s hands and feet. As I pushed his little hands and feet into the paint and put them on the canvas, I oohed and aahed; I felt proud that this was going to be a gift that will be cherished and loved by them forever. I’ll get to see it hang in their homes for years to come, and each time I see it I’ll be reminded of how those hands and feet of my son were once so tiny. As I handed the artwork off to the grandparents, I couldn’t help but feel some sadness because I wanted some of my own! So, I purchased more materials and my little man was my new art project again.
This project is done best with two people, one to hold the infant and the other to position and press the print down on the canvas. For my son, I decided to make his footprints into trucks. A helpful tip before you get started: keep in mind this can be scary for a little one. Make silly noises while you’re making the print so it’s a fun experience for the infant. When you’re finished, be ready with a warm paper towel to remove the paint. It will also feel nice on the infant and likely calm them down if upset. Make sure to embrace after each print them and give plenty of hugs and kisses to reward them.
Paint the bottom of the infants foot the desired color. Use a brush so you can get all the little toes.
Have one person hold the infant and the other paint, position and press for about 3 seconds. Make sure you push gently but firmly on the foot and each of the toes. They like to squirm so don’t worry if the print isn’t perfectly shaped.
Tip: If you push the center of the foot, they tend to flex the foot rather than curl up the toes.
Let the paint dry.
Paint the additions onto the print (tires, ladders, windows). For the dump truck, I used his finger prints for the boulders.
Write on the back of the canvas the child’s name, age and year, so you’ll always be able to look back and remember the age they were when you created the piece.
These are great gifts for family and for yourself so create your own masterpiece and enjoy the memories being made!