I think every Mother’s Day I have received some form of handprint art from my kids. Does it get old? Never. I have loved to watch the progression of their growth each year. I hope one day that my fridge door is filled with handprints from my grand-kids as well. Today’s twist on the classic handprint art involves watercolor. My kids LOVED doing this watercolor art project! Peeling up the liquid masking fluid was magical. The result was a beautiful art piece.
Supplies needed to make your own watercolor art project:
- Grafix Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket Kit
- Fold Over Watercolor Pad
- Watercolor Paints (liquid or pan paints, whatever your preference is)
- Paint Brush (your choice)
- Kids usually prefer a larger wash type brush like this one:
- Darice Bristle Brush (this is a must, for the Liquid Frisket, more on this later)
- Painter’s Masking Tape
- Cup for water
Tape the paper to a smooth surface using painters tape. Take care to tape the paper off evenly on each side. This will create a nice border for your finished painting. Also take note to place the paper right side up. Cold press watercolor paper has a front side that is a rougher texture than the back side, specifically to help the paint to soak into the paper.
Frisket, also called Masking Fluid is a liquid medium used by water-colorists to preserve the white background paper when working on projects. Also in the above linked kit, there is an art gum eraser. This is used to pull the dried frisket up from the paper. The art-gum eraser is also useful to remove stray adhesive from your craft projects.
Have your kids wash their hands and dry them completely.
You will need to work quickly with these next steps:
1- Using a cheap bristle brush, paint your child’s hand with the frisket. Make sure to get each finger! I just dipped my bristle brush into the bottle. (Note: a bristle brush is important. A foam craft brush soaks up too much of the frisket. The bristle brush will just be thrown away when you are finished, frisket is difficult to remove from brushes.)
2- Quickly “stamp” your child’s hand on the paper, press down on each finger, lifting the hand immediately. You should get a nice hand print if you work quickly. The frisket may be a little rough in some spots, that is just fine.The above photo might be a little hard to see? Can you see that perfect little print? If you miss a finger, you can brush it on with a little frisket. If it didn’t work at all- you can wait until the frisket dries and rub it all off with the art gum eraser. Then give it another try!
Allow the frisket to dry- it should only be a minute or two, then unleash your little artist!
The frisket helped capture some of the folds and fingerprints of my children’s hands- look at the detail we captured.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).