I stumbled across this idea for a thumbprint hyacinth on Pinterest the other day and decided to give it a whirl. It seemed easy enough. Famous last words… Nothing about precision finger painting is easy with a toddler.
First I drew the stem and leaves on with a green marker. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you should go ahead and take the trouble to find one of your nice markers to do this. Using whatever partially dried up old thing you find in your child’s art drawer is probably not going to cut it. Oh well.
Then you dip your child’s thumb in purple paint and stamp it up and down the stem. Huh. Yeah, that probably works a lot better with an older kid. It probably also works a lot better if you’re not trying to take pictures at the same time. You know, I’m not even going to bore you with our final product. Check out the example if you want to see how it should look. Her’s looks awesome. 🙂 Incidentally, Michael wanted to know why I didn’t use blue paint for the bluebonnet. Hmm… Maybe we’ll try again next year, but make them bluebonnets instead of hyacinths.
Luckily, Kate and I are not ones to let something as trivial as a failed thumbprint craft get us down. Especially not when we already have paint out!
Kate had a great time making handprints. In fact, she demanded “Kate’s hand! Kate’s hand!” until I finally acquiesced and covered her hand in paint so she could stamp it. I really need to get some paint brushes to facilitate this. Mommy is not a fan of getting her own hands covered in paint.