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Painting With Baby E

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).

3. Tape your paper to the trashbag – the point is to make sure nothing moves ones baby get going

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.

5. Strip baby down to his diaper…you will also want to make sure you’re wearing something you don’t care about getting paint on because this is MESSY!

6. Squeeze a few ribbons of paint on the the paper and then let baby go to town.

(Difficult to get a clear shot with a camera wrapped in a plastic bag)

Baby E…not painting on paper.

The Aftermath:

The Masterpieces

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).


  1. 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.
  2. *Be VERY CAREFUL if you have a baby that is crawling or walking…paint is SLIPPERY! (Avoid cracked craniums and trips to the ER).
  3. Use several pieces of paper even if you only want to frame one “painting” because some will turn out better than others.
  4. If you’re taking photos…wrap your camera in a plastic bag lest it become a modern art piece.

Have Fun!

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    April 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I LOOOVE these paintings, and I am VERY jealous of your label – don’t even look at my handmade labels – eek. I need a cameo stat.

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      April 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      I just thought this was such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing. I had a hard enough time taping off a heart so that’s why I made the label. 🙂

      I told my husband I HAD to have a Cameo for Christmas…so now I have to find every excuse to use it doesn’t just collect dust in our office.

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    January 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    How did you adhere the designs to the paper so that it didn’t tear the paper when you lifted them off?

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      February 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      For the heart I used masking tape and slowly peeled it off when he was done – if you use heavy cardstock it shouldn’t rip. For the other I actually did the designs on vinyl and attached the OVER the painting since it was more detailed.

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    February 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the tips. One tip I could offer is using rubber cement to paint your design. It’s what watercolour artists use to keep their white areas white. You paint it on and when you’re done you just rub it off.

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