Fingerprint Bird Painting

What a sweet way to welcome spring or to give as a gift for Mother's Day--a painting full of sweet little finger prints.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We used an inexpensive 8"x10" canvas for this project. There is something about using canvas for paintings that makes Emma feel so grown up, and it ensures better survival of her artwork for me!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    First, she used small pieces of masking tape to make a bird image on the canvas.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    I loved seeing how her bird came out. So cute.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Next, the fun part. She dipped her little fingers in the paint and started making dots, slowly filling in the bird.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Oh, how she loved this step and enjoyed seeing her fingers in several different pastel colors.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    She picked out these colors, but you could do any sort of color scheme. I was thinking it would be neat to have her do a chicken image in the colors of my kitchen.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    As the dots covered more and more area they started to blend together. It was looking really beautiful.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    Once dry we simply removed the tape and had a beautiful bird painting. Emma was so proud of her work and even more proud when I asked her to sign it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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