To: the simple heart
I have a huge passion for anything art! So it was a no brainer that I wanted to create something meaningful with my son. My son and I created this art together when he turned one last year. It is a mix of his handprints, footprints, and fingerprints. I originally saw this idea from a friend of mine who saw it on another blogger’s page (credit listed below). I decided to put my own spin on it and execute it a little differently! I broke it down into 3 parts.
PART ONE- Create the art (the fun part)
Here are the materials I used for the art:
- paint brushes
- cardstock cut to fit your frames
- paper cutter
Prepare by cutting your cardstock to fit your frames. Cut extra as you will have mess ups!
Make a list of what each letter will be and what you will need to create that image (i.e. handprint, finger, footprint, palm only, tip of fingers, etc). **This is where I did my own spin on it. Instead of doing full hand/foot prints for each image, I sometimes used parts. For example for the apple, queen, and sun I only put paint on his palm and did a palm print. For the bunny, I only put paint on his palm, pointer and middle finger. For rain, I only used his fingerprint. For the vulture, I only put paint on his fingers and palm, not his thumb. For the nest, I did paint on the a foot minus his toes. This is where I let the creativity flow!!
Once you have your list and materials ready create with your little one. This may take an additional person and don’t plan to do it all at once. We did 2-4 prints each day until we had them all.
After we got the prints done on my son’s part, I created the rest to make the image. For example, I added a stem to his palm to create an apple. I added faces to the animals etc etc.
PART TWO- Label the art (the tedious part)
Here are the materials I used for the letters:
- Cricut Explore 2
- Straight edge (I used a piece of paper cause I wing stuff but you can use a ruler)
- Black Vinyl
- Contact Paper
Start by creating your letters and words on cricut. I did my letters 1.5 inches tall and my words 1 inch. If you do not have a Cricut you can skip this step. Alternatives to Cricut: printer, handwritten.
Once you have your letters and words weeded and ready, start placing each on the image. I started with the letters and then did the words towards the end. To keep them consistently placed, I precut a strip of paper to have in place as shown above.
Use contact paper to place your words and letters, and the straight edge to keep them straight. Do this for all of your images.
PART THREE- Hanging the art (the frustrating part)
Here are the materials I used for the gallery:
- 1 inch frame nails
- painter’s tape
- measuring tape
Place your frames on the floor first in the format you want them, and measure how tall and wide your grid will be.
Use a measuring tape to mark the top, center, and bottom of where you are hanging the gallery. I used painters tape for this and I put a long strip in the middle to know where I would start. Side note: I never mark anything with a pencil as it leaves marks and is not easy to erase. Always painters tape!
Start your top row, starting in the center first! The thing I LOVED about these poster frames from Michael’s is that you can take off the glass and basically use the actual frame as a guide for the placement and where to hammer the nail (see picture below).
Create your top row first starting in the middle and working outward. My grid was 4x6 with the extra letters making a 5th row.
Once you have your top row, the rest is pretty simple. Keep working from the center outward for each column. Use the leveler to be sure, or eye it using the frame as a guide.
EXTRA: you can place sticky tack behind the frames so they don’t move back and forth.
And voila! You have a beautiful and meaningful art gallery made by you and your loved one!
Hope you find some inspiration from this project. Happy creating!
inspiration credit: Katie Sturg