Making a baby footprint painting

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on June 10, 2011

in Flowers, footprint flowers, Infant and Toddler

I finally had a chance to make a little footprint painting with my grandson!  Let me say right out of gate that this was no easy task to do all by myself…

I wanted to try and make a footprint painting while Kai was still just a few weeks old so I could have it to hang in my studio. The first thing I had to figure out was how to set Kai up so I could pull this off without a hitch. I didn’t want Kai getting mad at grandma…

I tried to think of everything I would need…

  • a wet wash cloth for clean up – check
  • a towel for drying – check
  • paint all ready to go – check
  • canvas set close by – check
  • baby secured in his seat – check
  • camera on, lens cap off, and facing the right way – check

All ready to go…

Painting the foot comes first. I just dipped Kai’s whole foot in the paint. Holding that little foot up with paint on it and manipulating the camera to take a picture was a challenge all by itself…

Then I gently pressed his foot on the canvas. The first time didn’t turn out so great. I had way too much orange paint on his little foot…

I got better by the time I got to the yellow paint…

Once all the flowers were on the canvas, I washed Kai’s feet the best I could but he was getting a little tired of grandma messing with his feet by this time…

So I took Kai out of his seat and while he took a little nap, I finished my work of art…

A little blue for the sky and a little green for the grass and flower stems…

My very first grand baby painting!  I now have a new appreciation for infant teachers when they have to make hand prints or footprints for a parent gift from every baby in their classroom. Whew!

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1 Amy Beukema June 10, 2011 at 8:49 am

As a new grandma and preschool teacher…I love this idea and will try it this summer with my precious Oliver.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

We sound like we have a lot in common Amy!

3 artsy_momma June 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Oh my gosh… I can’t believe you made this all by yourself and that many footprints! I usually have my hubby hold the baby :)

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I spilled paint on the little seat in the process – perhaps next time I should wait until I have help:)

5 Alyssa June 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Oh this is beautiful. I just had a baby girl and I think I’ll make one of her and one of my toddler son’s feet. What a precious little keep sake.
Thanks for the great idea!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Thank you Alyssa :)

7 Lil' scholars University June 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

This is so sweet! I love it! Th for sharing! :)

8 KM June 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Such a special first!! You could scan the masterpiece and make precious pack of mini thank you notes for your daughter. :) :)

9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Oh – what a cute idea!! I will do that:)

10 Mrs. Myra October 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

Aww, Deb! How beautiful. That’s going to be a treasure to share at age 18…see how grandma loves spending time with me!

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