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Pregnant Belly Art: Paint Your Belly! Be The Work of Art.

Updated on June 8, 2013

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Pregnancy Art

Belly art is a wonderful way to celebrate, honor, and create a piece of art work reflecting the amazing journey of pregnancy. While someone else applies the paint, mother's usually feel relaxed and enjoy being pampered. Belly art allows for the mother to take time and focus on her belly, pregnancy, and new life within. The process offers a restful and joyous experience in the last trimester that can help women embrace and celebrate their transformation and express the work of art that she is.

A painted belly is ideal for mothers who have stretch marks and may be embarrassed of the marks. A painted belly would hide the marks under the paint so she can have a beautiful pregnancy picture.

Painted belly art is also ideal for mother's who do not want to keep a permanent belly cast. However, the pictures taken provides a lifetime of memories.



Paints To Buy

Use paints, glitter and gems that are FDA approved, hypo-allergenic, water-based, and non-toxic. I highly recommend Snazaroo paint. The quality is great and washes off leaving no stains.

For the mom to be, the smoothness of the warm water brushes and paint are soothing and relaxing as they are applied.


Painted Belly

Let your belly be a canvas of your imagination, capturing the special bond with the baby inside. Perhaps the image will reflect a season, a passion, or insights of who this little one may become.

Ideas for painted belly art:


  • Sunflower
  • Nautilus
  • Map
  • Globe
  • Sunrise
  • Rainbow
  • Flowers
  • Tree
  • Family tree
  • Stars and Moon
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Sun


  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer Ball
  • Tennis Ball
  • Volleyball
  • Favorite Sports Teams


  • Ornament
  • Pumpkin
  • 4th of July, flag and fire works
  • Hearts
  • Shamrocks
  • Easter Egg


  • Baby
  • Baby's Name
  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Twins
  • Hand prints of older children

Animals and Insects

  • Stork
  • Fish underwater
  • Fish bowl
  • Ladybug
  • Tiger
  • Butterfly


  • Watermelon
  • Peas in a Pod
  • Orange
  • Apple


  • Unicorn
  • Fairy
  • Dragon
  • Mermaid
  • Smiley Face


How to Paint A Pregnant Women's Belly

Here are some important reminders when getting ready to paint a pregnant women's belly. I have done this for years.


  1. Make sure mom is comfortable through the process. Either sitting, laying down or some might be able to stand if the painting will not take a long time
  2. Play music
  3. Have fun
  4. Mom dressed for photos before painting begins
  5. Mom's makeup and hair done before painting begins
  6. Have camera ready and ideas of where you want the photo to be taken
  7. Open and prepare paints on a side table near by
  8. Container of warm water
  9. Extra towels, wash clothes
  10. Paint brushes and sponges
  11. Have picture of the image you would like to paint (Pick a picture or theme you feel you are talented enough to do.)
  12. Be at a spot where there is good lighting

The Process

  1. Tuck towels or paper towels around the mother's clothes so they will be protected while you paint.
  2. Dip your brush or sponge in the water
  3. Start with the base color first
  4. Add details on top of base colors (For example if you are painting a baseball, you would completely paint the white in the circle. Than you would add the red threads on top of the white.)
  5. If you make a mistake, dip a washcloth or towel in water and wipe it off. You can always start again.
  6. Keep adding paint until you are satisfied with the image.

Picture Time

  1. Once image is completed it is time to have fun.
  2. Take multiple pictures in several settings
  3. This is a once in a lifetime event. With digital camera's you can not take too many pictures. You can always edit the pictures later.
  4. Use your flash at times, and do not use your flash. Play around and have fun.

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      Some of these might be a matter of taste. The first woman looks very beautiful.

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank You Todd.

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      4 years ago

      Those painted pregnant bellies are just too beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! I have not heard of this unique art till now thanks to you. This is a detailed hub filled with vibrant photos, interesting theme ideas, helpful instructions and handy tips. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Mary, I am glad you like it. The belly in the pumpkin patch is me. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, my! I guess I live under a rock! Never heard of such a things, but I like it!~

      I loved the belly in the pumpkin patch.

      I voted this UP, and you know the rest.....

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      This is really creative, Carly! And a great journalling outlet for all mums-to-be. Thanks for sharing!!

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      LOL! Yes, I can paint a man's third wheel if need be. But I would probably charge extra. LMAO.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      Great concept Carly! But..can you do one for the guys? The ones that love those burgers? This was fantastic...! Now I feel inspired!

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Made, yes it can be enjoyable for mom's who want to paint their belly. I am glad you liked the hub.

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I am glad you knowledge base is expanding with pregnant belly art, Josh. LOL

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      Madeleine Salin 

      5 years ago from Finland

      I would not show my pregnant belly to anyone - not even with paint on it, but it's a nice option for mothers who want to do this. Really enjoyable hub. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Wow! Talk about learning something new every day! This is one of those days! So very interesting Carly, thanks for sharing this unique art form. And I have to say I enjoyed the twins idea, I wonder why? Oh, because I am twin! LOL

      Seriously very interesting art form Carly!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I never heard of this, but I'm not surprised it looks kinda cool.

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri


      If you have a picture of yourself pregnant, perhaps we could photo shop a painting on your pregnant belly. :)

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      Teresa Davis 

      5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      I loved this hub..I wish they would have had that years ago when I was pregnant. I would so have done that. :-)

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you. Keep it in mind, in case you need to honor a women's belly someday. Thanks for sharing too. Yes, different, but also so much fun.

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      5 years ago

      Huh...I don't know about anyone else, but I think this is pretty cool! It's definitely different and unexpected LOL, but wow, it's definitely food for thought!

      I can't help but share this; awesome job, Carly!

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Hi Nell, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you comment. And yes, every pregnant women should be honored sometime during her pregnancy in a special way. Belly art is just one of those ways.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Wow! never seen this before! how beautiful! I would have loved to have this done when I was expecting my son, this is great and what a lovely way to capture the pregnancy!

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks Glimmer Fan. I hang out with a lot of pregnant women and midwives, doulas etc. I see this all the time, lol. But it is nice to share this with the world.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Wow. Very cool. I've never seen this before. Loving the nautilus. Thanks for an interesting hub Carly!

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Julie, I think? LOL, I can bring my paint when I come up to visit you.

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri


      I can paint all sorts of body parts. But pregnant belly's have always been my favorite. I also paint my kids faces. My poor kids anytime we go to a fair or amusement park, they want their faces painted, I tell them, NO! Mommy can do that at home. LOL

    • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Oh, Janine, I have painted mom's who have an older child that likes to help out. My son at the time was with me, while I painted a friend. I painted her belly and he painted her arm. LOL. It looked so neat though put together. I guess you are just going to have to have another one.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      5 years ago from Clinton CT

      This is crazy! You are crazy! It is beautiful and you are so wackadoo hilarious and perfect :)

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Well that's something now isn't it? I would never have expected that. Interesting hub, Carly. :) Great write up on something I've never heard of!

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      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      oh wow! I have seen body painting, but never pregnant bellies. What a great idea! nice photos too.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Seriously this is so awesome Carly. I would have loved to have had this done to my belly when I was pregnant. My older daughter was literally obsessed with my growing belly when I was pregnant with my second and used to lift my shirt to give the baby kisses. This would have been truly amazing to see her reaction if not else. Have voted and shared too!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh My! Oh My! Oh My!

      I don't know what else to say....Oh My!

      You did a great job with the hub, Carly, but....Oh My!


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