art with my no.2 {tutorial}

My #2 stayed home from kindergarten yesterday with a barky cough so it was the perfect chance to spend some time with him doing an art project. It was a fun one and easy for even the littlest artists.



:: paper, finger paint & glitter

:: leaf shapes {I used these, printed on thick paper and cut to use them as a pattern}

:: picture frame

:: paper to use as background

STEP ONE: finger paint to your heart’s content

finger paint paper

We use this washable finger paint. The colors mix well and it lives up to its name as washable. I appreciate that.

crayola fingerpaint

Baby girl loves to paint. I love her smib that keeps the paint off her clothes.

finger painting

STEP TWO: pour on the glitter.

glitter over watercolor

STEP THREE: make leaf patterns.

leaf patterns

I googled leaf template and found this image. Then I printed on heavy paper, cut them out and we traced on the back of the painted paper.

trace leaf pattern

Then cut out the leaves.

cut out leaves

STEP FOUR: glue leaves to background paper

glue leaves

STEP FIVE: place picture into frame

fingerpaint leaf project

Look at my proud, sick boy and his art.

brady holding leaf picture

Such a great project for us to do together.

I have wanted to do this for a while after seeing these from Sarah Jane Studios:


I think I will still use the idea for the playroom {someday}. You can download the templates for the sparrow, elephant and seal here.  It is such a great way to use your children’s art in a unique way.

16 Responses to art with my no.2 {tutorial}

  1. Lindsey R November 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Where did you buy the frame? We have been looking for similar white frames but can’t decide on a brand!
    Love this idea!

  2. Jamie @ charmingly ordinary October 19, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Just pinned this…for when my little Levi is big enough to finger paint. I love wall hangings that have their own stories. :)

  3. Laura October 14, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    What a cute project. I know my twin 2 1/2 year olds would love this project…I just have to get brave enough to let them try! By the way, I love the cute little BandAid in the pictures too!

  4. kathryn October 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Hello! I found you through Pinterest and LOVE your blog!!! The painted wallpaper is going to be my guest bath project, and I’m making a wreath that now know how to make fabric flowers for!! And then this jewel is posted today! Thank you and keep posting!!

  5. susan October 12, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    my son was home from Kindergarten for the same reason the last two days. i love this project would be really sweet for them to give as a gift to my mom & dad. susan

  6. Vanessa October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Hi, Emily
    I just love this idea. I love painting with my little one and I am going to do this with her. I know she will love it. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.


  7. Becky October 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    It looks like you had a pretty good day with your kids. The art reminded me of work by Eric Carle, he has some pretty neat books. It also reminded me of some snow days I had when I was their age. One day we pulled out all of my mom’s scrap fabric and sewed on her old, hand-crank sewing machine all day. Ahh, precious memories! Hope your little one is feeling better.

  8. Lindsey@ The Savvy Speechie October 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    So fun! We just did a version of this with my Special Ed. kiddos. A great book to go with your “homeade leaves” is Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. Hope No. 2 feels better!

  9. Michelle Webster October 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    You are a life saver. I was trying to find a leaf printout for my art class for grades K-2 but was having no luck. Thanks for sharing the printable, it is perfect!!

  10. {darlene} October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    feel better, sweet boy! {but isn’t it fun to be home and create with mommy??} Love your leaf art, Brady!

  11. rachel October 11, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Cute project! I hope he’s feeling better!

  12. Catherine at Design Editor October 11, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    This is as sweet as can be! How’d your toddler do with the finger paint? I’ve been thinking about breaking it out with my girls, but have been a little hesitant on the giant mess front.

  13. stephany October 11, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    We’re all home (me and baby girl are sick) on this rainy Tuesday and I think this project will be perfect. I think we will make some for the grandparents who live in Colorado and New York!
    Thank you for the great idea!

  14. Seriously Sassy Mama October 11, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    What a great craft idea for my girls. They could each make something for their rooms. I love finger paints!

  15. Andrea October 11, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    What a great idea! Hope No. 2 is feeling better today.

  16. Alli October 11, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    I’m totally doing this project this weekend!! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea! Hope your little man is feeling better ;-)

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