Fun Things to do on a Wet Sunday - Finger Painting.

Here's another in the Fun Things To Do on a Wet Sunday series. So far we've looked at making greetings cards on the computer, writing a limerick and writing short stories. I hope the creative juices are flowing and your wet Sundays are just flying by!

We grow out of a lot of fun things when we become adults and finger painting is one of them. But why not indulge and re-discover your inner child along with your creativity; do it alone or with the kids.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Plenty of thick paper or card.
  • Non-toxic paint. Tempera paint is good but any non-toxic, water-based paint is suitable. You can find these at art, hobby or toy stores.
  • A sponge
  • Paint brushes of different thicknesses (optional).
  • Glitter (optional).
  • Marker pens of varying thickness (optional).
  • Water
  • Small bowls for the paints.
  • Old newspaper or plastic sheeting to cover the surface you’re working on.
  • Apron to protect your/the children’s clothes.

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What to do:

  1. Dampen the sponge and wipe it over the paper so that the paint spreads more easily.
  2. Look at your hands and fingers before you start painting. If you have calluses and pronounced features they will make unique textures on the paper. When you're making pictures on the page, use the pads of the fingers, your nails, the tops and sides of the fingers to give different patterns. The video clip at the bottom of the page demostrates this amazingly.
  3. Here's an example of how simple this can be - a yellow print with black pen features and you've instantly got an Easter card!
  4. Mix and use the paints according to the maker's instructions, adding enough water to get the consistency you want. Different thicknesses of paint will give different results in terms of texture and density of colour.
  5. For ideas of what to paint when you're starting out, do a Google image search for 'finger painting ideas'.
  6. To make abstract pictures, use bold and bright colours. Don't be shy, don't hold back and don't take it or yourself too seriously! Get the paint pots open and let rip.
  7. Brushes will give different textures and add to the variety of what you can do. The same goes for marker pens to add finer features (like the eyes, wings and beaks of the chicks in the picture) and help with defining leaves or bark on a tree.
  8. Your first painting will be a get-to-know you exercise. Practise will colour, mixing, texture and style. Do you like abstracts or defined pictures? Or both? Experiment and enjoy.
  9. If paint is thicker in some areas and the picture is suitable, glitter will stick to it.
  10. Be sure to sign your work of art and leave it to dry on a flat surface.

This sort of craft - like any other really - is a great cure for boredom. It's absorbing and creative for any age group.

Happy painting!


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