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Children’s Handprint Art Based on Micah 6:8

Posted By Jocie On September 10, 2012 @ 8:40 am In DIY,The Better Half | 14 Comments

I m so excited to share with you my children’s canvas and decor based on Micah 6:8! Over the past week, I worked hard to spruce up and make the space more casual and kid oriented. Izzie (my three-year old) and I made two canvases to put in the dining room, above her small, wooden table. I had thought I would stop there, but once I hung them it seemed too small on the wall.

So I went through my pins, looking for ideas of what to do on the third canvas. I found really precious idea, based on Micah 6:8 – “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

This Glorious Day [1] put her children’s hand and foot prints on paper, wrote the phrases on top of the prints, and then framed it. So simple and beautiful!

I took Izzie outside to do the hands and feet and kept a bowl of water and lots of paper towels on hand for after she made the prints.

Izzie loved getting her hands and feet COVERED in acrylic paint. I used the same colors as used in the previous two canvases. And once covered, I very carefully placed her hands and feet on the canvas, being sure to go straight up and straight down.

There a bit of a smudge on one hand, but the smudge was easily removed with a wet paper towel. You could also use a wet Q-tip, just do it while the paint is fresh and wet.

After the foot and hand prints were in place, I went about painting the heart. I wanted it to look stamped like the hand and foot prints. So, I cut out a slightly asymmetrical heart using craft foam and glued it to the top of my large peanut butter container. I know, a peanut butter container…kinda weird choice, right? It was the only flat container I could find that was formed in a way that I could press and distribute the pressure evenly. It made a wonderful (and free) stamp.

Once the heart, foot prints, and hand prints were completely dry, I used a fine tip paint marker to write the words. This Glorious Day said she struggled with paint splatter using the pen. If you press too hard it will splatter as you go against the grains on the canvas. So, press lightly and retrace, if needed.

Once it was dry, I hung it next to the other two canvases. While pretty, it had too much white space compared to the other two canvases. So I took a dry paint brush and lightly brushed the edges with pink paint.

It is by far my favorite of the three canvases, in meaning and appearance!

What do you think? Which is your favorite?

Need some other ideas for using children’s artwork for decor [2]? Head on over to Heather at Setting for 4!

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