with halloween just around the corner, i get to display one of my favorite "print"works from my own personal collection.
my sons and I made this in 2008, and i can't tell you how much i love it every fall when i pull it out. my youngest son's birthday is near halloween. those are his sweet baby footprints on there! so i thought i would do a new one this year with him, using his hand prints this time.
the hand print and foot print ghosts are pretty simple to make. the key is to get a great print. that can be tricky with acrylic paint because it dries so quickly. and it's even trickier with white, which seems to dry the fastest of them all. so, for this project i recommend a craft white acrylic and a slow-dry blending medium. these are the ones i used for mine. the liquitex medium will run you around $6, but you can buy it at any one of the craft stores using a coupon. and you can use this medium any time you need to slow down the drying time on acrylic paint. you will also need a black canvas or canvas board (i paint mine black ahead of time and let it dry thoroughly) but i know they sell canvases that are already black at the craft stores now too. you could also use black paper, but keep in mind that it may warp some with the paint on it. let me also just add quickly, especially if you do footprints, you may want an extra pair of adult hands to help out!
on your palette or plate, you want to mix equal parts of the paint and the medium.
use a palette knife to mix the two together until they are blended completely. paint the precious little hand or foot until it is covered completely with the paint. do not use too much paint though. you don't want any globs.
i let the fingers and thumb on mine overlap a bit. after the last print, set it aside and let it dry before trying to add the faces or text. you also have the option to let it dry in between hand prints too, if you are worried about messing up prints you already made. once dry, use a pencil to lightly draw the eyes and mouth on each ghost.
then carefully paint in the eyes using a small brush. if you don't feel comfortable painting those, another option is to use a black sharpie marker. the first picture below is with marker and the second is with paint.
after that dries, you can add text if you want. i always paint my text too, which can be very tricky. in this case, i still am not sure about which text, if any, that i want to use. so i used white stickers as a temporary solution. maybe the stickers will become permanent, who knows?! you could absolutely use stickers or glue chipboard letters on though if you don't want to paint text. or you could leave it blank with just the prints, which is what i may go back to. the idea is to capture the prints, make it your own, and treasure it!