This was one of the very first pins I ever pinned on Pinterest, was this preschooler masking tape painting. I loved the simplicity, I loved the texture, I loved the art. Having two art loving boys, this was a really fun project for them to do together, and create something beautiful and permanent for their room. It’s one of the most remarked on pieces of artwork, and they proudly tell everyone that “I made that!” when people ask about it. Due to the layers (and layers, and layers!) of paint, it took a few days to dry, but totally worth it.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- canvas (I used a 12×12)
- acrylic paints
- masking tape or painter’s tape
- baby wipes (to help clean up your children, and anything they touch, afterwards)
- plastic sheeting or something on the floor as the painting area
I took the canvas and taped out the letters to the word LOVE. I was cute and made the O into a heart.
Then, I put different colors of acrylic paints in paper plates, and let the boys go to town. I did regulate it, one color out at a time. (otherwise, you just end up with a big brownish blob).
They really enjoyed the feeling of the squishy feel of the paint between their hands.
Then, they put their handprints all over the canvas.
Finished with the layers of handprint painting! I loved the bright colors so much. You can see the edges of the tape slightly under all the paint. It took a couple of days to dry since there were several layers of paint.
I then peeled off the tape to uncover the L O V E, and let the boys put a final handprint each on top after everything had dried.
Here it is displayed in their room. They are proud of their artwork, and I love how it looks.