Monday, July 18, 2011

Homemade Fingerpaint

On Thursday morning last week, I had a stroke of genius.  I was looking around my living room, thinking that it would be nice to find a way to display some of Jack's recent creations, when BAM! I got it.  Fingerpaint.  On a canvas.  Done.

Problem was, I didn't have any fingerpaint.  All I have are acrylic craft paints, and I didn't really want Jack dipping his hands repeatedly into that stuff.  So what did I do?  I took to the internet.  And the internet came through!

I found a SUPER simple recipe for fingerpaint (3 cups boiling water, 1 cup corn starch, food coloring) from this website, gathered up the few supplies I needed, and we got to painting!
 The paint did turn out a little lumpy in texture (see picture on the right), although I attribute that to operator error in this case.  I don't think I let it get hot enough after I added the cornstarch.

To my surprise, Jack really wasn't interested in actually painting with his fingers, but once I handed him a paintbrush, he got down to business (also - I am glad I used this kid friendly recipe instead of my craft paints, because one of the first things he did was to put a big brush-full of green paint straight into his mouth).
He painted for about a half an hour, which is a pretty long time for a toddler to spend on one particular activity, so I will definitely be repeating this craft!

Also?  My hallway 'art' is fabulous.  One of a kind.  Priceless (to me).

9 comments:

  1. What an excellent idea! My Q doesn't like to use his fingers, either...much prefers a brush. Thanks for the homemade idea, I'd much rather do that than use the noxious smelling store bought stuff. And your art is absolutely priceless!

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  2. We haven't tried fingerpainting (yet). But this is an excellent recipe that I'll totally keep in mind.

    PS- I totally agree about kid artwork being the best! I'm still contemplating a couple of options that would show off Lizzy's artwork in our house!

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  3. Awwwwww, the best art around, your children's!! Great job, Jackie!! Love to all, Oukie

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  4. I love this! totally going to have to try it!

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  5. I did mean to add that despite my fears, the paint didnt stain his skin at all!

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  6. What a great idea! I'm off to get food coloring today!

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  7. Meh I have seen better.

    LOL He is a genius! Photographer, Artist what next?

    Pap

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  8. Oh my goodness! As an artist and art therapist, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What a perfect way to spend time together! Excellent, work.

    Darling blog, btw. Totally diggin it :)

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  9. Such a cute idea! Might have to give it a try :)

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