I’ve been wanting to do this for some time after seeing it on a former classmate’s blog (she has a lot of artsy/creative ideas too – so go check it out), but haven’t had the time (an entire morning) to dedicate to it. Obviously this is pretty straight forward but I did learn a few things since we’ve done this more than once so I thought I’d pass along some tips (at the very bottom of this post) – thus pictures of Baby E in two different sets of PJs.
It’s a very messy and fun project (but please BE SAFE since paint should not be ingested and can be very slippery*).
What You’ll Need:
1 Baby in Need of a Bath: This is best to do when you have a morning free and a dirty baby.
Heavyweight paper OR Canvas paper (you can find at an art store): Regular printer paper isn’t ideal since it will curl/buckle due to the moisture from the paint, also with a baby you’ll want something not so easily destroyed.
Non-toxic paints: Obviously you don’t want to use anything that could be harmful to your little one. Soy paints are a good organic option (unless there is an allergy to soy).
Masking tape, a trash bag, LOTS of damp paper towels (to wipe little hands before they go in mouths).
OPTIONAL: A paint brush or two (if your baby likes holding on to things, if not they can just use their hands and/or feet).
What To Do:
1. Make sure you have no where you need to be for at least 2 hours.
2. Tape a trashbag to the floor – you’ll want to use a room that has easily cleaned floors since not all of it will stay on the trashbag. If you don’t have a good area use a large piece of cardboard (much larger than your trashbag).
4. OPTIONAL: Tape a design on your paper with masking tape. Something simple like a heart, a letter or just random shapes work best. Make sure you rub the edges well so paint doesn’t leak under.
(Difficult to get a clear shot with a camera wrapped in a plastic bag)
Baby E…not painting on paper.
The Artist with his work (this one is for me)
This one we did for his room since it matches. I created a custom monogram and used my Cameo to cut it out of white cardstock (sorry it’s blurred cause it’s Baby E’s name).
- Use paint colors that are similar (red, orange & yellow/yellow green & blue/pink, purple & red) – because once the paints mix you’ll probably end up with something that looks more like baby poop than baby painting.
- *Be VERY CAREFUL if you have a baby that is crawling or walking…paint is SLIPPERY! (Avoid cracked craniums and trips to the ER).
- Use several pieces of paper even if you only want to frame one “painting” because some will turn out better than others.
- If you’re taking photos…wrap your camera in a plastic bag lest it become a modern art piece.