Creative Family Portrait Ideas: Hand Tracing
Who said that family portraits should only be taken using a camera and printed on a photo paper?
As we take the next step towards another year, it would be a fantastic idea to document a moment and preserve it to last a lifetime. One way of doing this would be to do a hand print family portrait.
It is fairly easy to make and does not cost a dime (that is, if you have the materials lying somewhere in your home).
Materials you need:
- Photo frame
- Linen/Felt/Paper of any color (optional)
- Threads of any color (optional)
These materials are not compulsory. Since this is necessarily not science, creativity is the keyword. You may have the option of:
- Taking the "easier" path by choosing to do it on paper.
- Or if you are up to the task of stitching a bit, you may want to do it on felt/linen cloth.
OPTION 1. Do it all on paper
Taking this path is fairly simple and hassle-free (almost)!
- Use colored construction paper. Any color will do.
- Trace the hand prints starting with the largest hand in the family (which is usually the dad).
- Trace the next hand on a different angle (either to the right or left-- it does not matter) as long as you can still see the first hand print.
- Do the same thing on the third, fourth, fifth... hand.
OPTION 2. Do it all on cloth
This path may take a little more time to finish but it will all be worth it!
- Trace individual hand on paper first (1 hand : 1 paper)
- Cut it out
- Trace the cut-out hand on to your desired cloth very lightly using pencil
- Overlap the tracings by varying the angles such that you can still see all the hand traces
- Start the stitching process
- Frame it
So the next steps after the photo above would be stitching and framing and you are done!
I have compiled what some amazing people has done in order to spice up their own family portrait using the hand tracing method. Here are just some that I loved:
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