All this chilly weather is making me yearn for Spring, so I grabbed a couple more canvases and some paint for another Spring-inspired art project. We love handprint crafts, so I wanted to incorporate fingerprints and footprints as well and continue my flower canvas art collection!
These projects are a lot of fun and offer great bonding time with your children as well as keepsakes that will last you and make for gorgeous decorations! Watch for one more canvas art project and a Spring-inspired art wall series coming soon! See also Handprint Flowers Canvas Wall Art.
What You Need
- Canvas(es) of your choice (I usually purchase these on sale or in the “as is” section at the craft store. I don’t care if they are marked up a bit or even have a pin hole, because it will be covered up with paint.)
- Paint (I used green, yellow, brown, white, red, and a little blue acrylic paint.)
- Paint brushes, various sizes (I used a larger, flat brush for the background, a medium to paint onto hands, and a small one for adding details.)
- Damp washcloth (for messes!)
- Dry washcloth/towel
- Cup of water (to rinse brushes)
- A sink nearby
- A hairdryer (or time–this is to get the paint to dry between layers)
Handprint and Fingerprint Lilies Canvas
1. Paint the background of the canvas. You can do this any way you wish. I decided to use white and green. Let dry (or briefly blow with a hairdryer on low heat, low power.)
2. Paint the flower stems. Keep in mind where the actual flower will be on the canvas and how big your child’s hands are. Know what types of flowers you are painting and how many. Easter lilies have many long leaves along the long stem while lily of the valley flowers have thick leaves about as long as the stem and the stem droops with many little stems coming off for the flowers. Let dry.
3. Paint the base of the Easter lilies at the top of the stems using white paint.
4. Paint the palm of your child’s hand with a thick layer of paint. I used white. This will be the Easter lily petals.
5. Quickly have your child place his/her hand, palm down, on the canvas near the stem, fingertips pointing outwards, making a “W” with the fingers (think of Mork and Mindy, “nanu nanu,” or Star Trek) If this is difficult for your child, you can help them by holding their fingers apart. Press down gently so the full handprint shows.
6. Repeat step 5 overlapping the first print but in the opposite direction. Your lily should have six petals (some petals will be made by two fingers.) Let dry.
7. Let your child dip his/her pointer finger into white paint and make dots for each flower on your Lily of the Valley flowers.
8. Using a thin brush, paint three white lumps on the bottom of each little lily to make the petals.
9. Paint a light green center on your Easter Lily, from the center outward.
10. Use darker green paint for the style and filaments and yellow for the anther with pollen.
Fingerprint, and Footprint Flowers Canvas (Daffodils and Violets)
1. Paint the background of the canvas. Again, you can do this any way you wish. I decided to use green and blue and white (together on the brush at the same time, but not specifically mixed) and leave some brush strokes to give the look of grass. Let dry (or briefly blow with a hairdryer on low heat, low power.)
2. Paint the flower stems, grass, and leaves (for the violets.) Keep in mind where the actual flower will be on the canvas and how big your child’s hands are. Place the stems for the large flowers a little off-center to give it some character. Let dry.
3. Using bright yellow, paint the petals of the daffodil. Daffodils have 6 petals, but I painted only 5 so that the other would not show under the footprint. Keep in mind the size of your child’s feet when painting the petals. Don’t worry, if they aren’t big enough we will fix this later.
4. Using a slightly darker yellow (I added just a dab of brown paint), paint the sole of your child’s foot with a thick layer of paint.
5. ;Quickly have your child place his/her foot gently on the canvas near the center of the flower petals, toes pointing up. Press down gently so the full footprint shows. Let dry.
6. As I mentioned, we would come back and fix the petals we painted earlier. If your kids are like mine, those footprints didn’t land quite where they needed to be. Paint the petals a little larger with the bright yellow paint until they are how they should be and fill in the footprints with more of the golden yellow paint. Let dry.
7. Give the daffodils some accents. Add some shading around the leaves and the base of the trumpet (the footprint), some scalloping around the toes and the top to make a round opening for the corona, some darker shading in the center of the corona and yellow dots for the anther.
8. Let your child dip his/her pointer finger into purple/violet paint and make dots in groups of five to make little violets.
9. Paint little yellow dots in the center of the violet petals.
Bonus tip: Do not forget to sign and date your artwork! This is an important step in any keepsake craft. You do not want to forget those memories with your children, or how old those handprints are. Take lots of pictures too!
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-Which flowers will you start with? If you decide to do this project, I would love for you to share on my Facebook page or email me at [email protected]!