Handprint Canvas: A Yearly Tradition

Today Miss G and I continued on a little birthday tradition we started last year when she turned one – painting a handprint canvas together.  This year was even more fun than last because Grae was really able to get into it and participate in the process.

 

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After picking out our colour combination, we gave the canvas a few coats of pink paint, letting it dry in between each one.

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Then, once it  was completely dry, I brushed a thin coat of teal on Grae’s hand and together we carefully stamped in the middle of the canvas.

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With the project finished almost as quickly as it was started, Grae wanted to continue painting, so on she went…

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As she worked on her own project, I sketched out a number two on the canvas’ corner…

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Then carefully outlined it and filled it in with a paint pen.

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Tada!  A very simple art project that forever saves those little handprints I always have such a hard time wiping away from our mirrors and windows.

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And here it is next to last year’s.  Pretty amazing / heartbreaking to see the difference 12 months makes…

13 thoughts on “Handprint Canvas: A Yearly Tradition

    1. So true! I hadn’t even thought of that. If you go ahead and do it, one thing I’d suggest is buying a bunch of canvases and storing them for future years… That way you’ll be sure they’ll be the same size, thickness, quality, etc. 🙂

  1. Hi, I am very new to arts and crafts and being a first time parent i would like to do this too. It will definitely something memorable that I wouldn’t wanna miss it.
    Since I’m new to arts and crafts, may I know what type of paint you use on the canvas? Will the color stain on the kiddo’s hand? Can I use ordinary watercolor?

  2. This is awesome and you’ve inspired me to do the same for my little girl. Only wished I saw this earlier. One question: how did you remove the paint from her hands?

  3. I am going to use this brilliant idea for my daughter’s 1st birthday 🙂
    One question – what kind of paint did you use for the hand? Some kind of washable non toxic kids paint?

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