- No mess finger painting – Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paint is amazing! The paint goes on clear and then turns color (like magic) when it hits the special Color Wonder paper.
- Art that doesn’t look like a 1 year olds finger painting – don’t get me wrong, I love anything my little artist creates but it is nice to have something on the walls that can be there for years to come without looking like everyday finger painting.
- Bing animal silhouette – there are tones of silhouettes available for free online. I picked a few that I liked and printed them on my home printer, cut them out, traced on the back of the finger painting (with pencil) and then cut. I also did one of the animals without a template – can you guess which one?
- Stationary as background – I wanted to use something other than the plain white printer paper as the background but also didn’t want to go out to buy special paper. Solution: plane white linen stationary, I cut a card in half, it is heavy and looks better than plain paper.
- Name and date on the back – one of the classic things to do with kids art work is to write their name and age on their work (typically with a big black marker). For this project I wrote my son’s name and age on the back of the frame so that I will remember what a great artist he was at 1!
- Simple version – I love cut and paste so I enjoyed this project and found it pretty simple to complete. However an even simpler solution (and great gift) is to cut a large piece of artwork into smaller pieces (4×6 or 5×7) and put in a nice frame. The art looks entirely different and is easier to display compared to a large piece of art. Here is an example – this is my son’s first finger painting, his grandparents also have parts of the painting.
- Thanks to my little artist – none of this would have been possible without Carter’s newly developed finger painting skills
- Thanks @sarahjanestudio for the great blog post (& templates)
- Thanks Pinterest for all the inspiring ideas. Still haven’t checked out Pinterest? Send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @thnxpinterest and I’ll send you an invite
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