Making a baby footprint painting

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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Comments

  1. Amy Beukema says

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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

  2. says

    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!

  3. KM says

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