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How to Make Watercolor Handprints

Hi, it’s Jackie from Teal & Lime here.  Today I have an easy and quick way to capture your little one’s handprints.

I will never get over how quickly my little boys hands grow.  I have a growth chart marking their height.  I see them grow out of clothes everyday.  But, how their tiny hands expand captivates me.  I remember how itty bitty and fragile those sweet baby fingers were.  Even at 4 and 6, their little fingers are still pudgy and uncoordinated, but they are so much bigger than those baby fingers.

I love using their handprints for gifts year after year.  It never gets old.  And, each time we do it, the end result is completely different.  Their little hands are always growing.

My mother and mother-in-law love nothing more than art my kids make for them, and they are just as smitten with their tiny hands as I am. With Mother’s Day around the corner, I came up with this special art project to do with the kids.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

I first learned about using rubber cement as a resist from Sand & Sisal. She did this fantastic stenciled water color project with her kids. I loved everything about it, but for a Mother’s Day gift, I wanted to make something a bit more personalized.

We decided to make watercolor “handprints”. These make pretty art prints, but would also be really cute on the front of a card.

My boys had a ton of fun making their rainbow colored hands. This project got rave reviews and they are begging to redo it with more shapes.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

How to Make Water Color Handprints

Supplies:

  • Watercolors and paint brushes
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil
  • Rubber Cement
  • And, cute little kids hands :)

Steps:

1. Trace your little’s hand onto watercolor paper.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com
2. Use rubber cement to mask off the area you don’t want painted. We tried these 3 different techniques:

  • Painting rubber cement inside the hand outline (leaving a white handprint inside the watercolor)
  • Painting rubber cement around the outside of the handprint (confining watercolor inside the handprint)
  • Half and half, where we drew a line down the center. On one side we painted rubber cement inside the hand and on the other side we used rubber cement outside the hand.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

3. Let the rubber cement dry.

4. Paint with watercolor, inside or outside the rubber cement lines. The rubber cement resists the watercolor, but try not to paint on top of it too much, because if there are any gaps in the rubber cement the color will seep through.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

5. Let the watercolor dry completely.

6. With your finger gently rub off the dried rubber cement revealing your watercolor masterpiece. As an added benefit, the rubber cement will erase the pencil when you rub it off.  Use the pencil eraser to clean up any leftover pencil lines.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

Here is what are final art prints look like:

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

How cool is the rubber cement resist?  The possibilities of this technique are endless.  And, it is a precious way to capture their tiny hands in one moment in time.

Easy Watercolor Handprints  | Teal & Lime for KristenDukePhotography.com

Colored Pencil Necklace Gift

My kids head back to school next week. As with most moms out there, I’ve got mixed emotions. This happens to me every year. I’m grateful for the opportunities to go into the world and learn and grow from others, but I’m sad to let them go. I love having them around.  Once we get into the groove of things, I’ll be much better.

The week before school starts, our area has a fun tradition of a Welcome Walk. We are asked to stay home from 5-8pm on a certain day, awaiting the teachers, and we generally don’t have any idea who they will be.  This year, we greeted the teachers with a little gift I’m so excited to share. I had pinned some fun things on my Back to School Pinterest Board, and went back to look for something fun to do. We decided on the cutest Colored Pencil Necklace, and wanted to make some ourselves.

Colored Pencil Necklace

Check out the tutorial on the link above. It’s a great gift, because it can be done all year. I shared this picture on instagram the night before of me drilling holes into the pencil:

Ryobi Power Tools

It was tricky to sharpen the extra short pencils, but it worked out just fine in the end!

Back to the welcome walk, it’s  a fun tradition our school does, often filled with anxious anticipation. This year, I wasn’t too stressed out, because I knew for sure my sons teacher, and my daughters teacher, I was 95% sure about. You see, my 5th grade son “looped up” with his 4th grade class and teacher. Our school seems to like to shuffle teachers around to different grades, and at the end of last year, his 4th grade teacher was asked to teach 5th, and our class had the opportunity to decide if we wanted to be in the class again–with the same kids. I LOOOOVED his teacher, so jumped at the idea. I had already done this “looping” with my daughter (her kinder class looped to first grade together), and at that time, I had lots of apprehension about the idea. Mostly because I think classmates changing from year to year is a good idea: Get to know different people, don’t get too set in the ways of the classroom. But I’m so glad I did that with her, and I think my son will enjoy it as well.  Here is my son with his awesome 5th grade teacher.

welcome walk

So that one I knew 100%.

With my daughter, I was PRETTY sure that she’d get my older sons third grade teacher. I loved her and she knew it. At the end of last year, I saw her in the hall and said, “I’m crossing my fingers my daughter gets you!” She said to put in a request on my teacher info form, and she will do the same, and it’s pretty likely it will happen. I don’t think requesting a teacher works unless you’ve had another child with that teacher, and you know that teaching style and personality is a match. SOOOOO, I was pretty sure, and VERY happy to see her on my doorstep again! Yipeee!

 

meet the teacher

{my son with the same teacher at the welcome walk 2 years ago}

pencil vase

It’s so nice for me that I already have a repoir with both of them, too. I was on several group texts with my friends during the Welcome Walk to see who others got, and happily my daughter in in class with a few of her friends, yay! That was my big uncertainty. My kids are both pretty easy going and flexible, so I don’t worry about them too much.

My oldest hits 7th grade–his second year of middle school–and I’m not too worried about that, either. He did great last year, and we found out that he’s in the Honor Band with his tuba, which he is VERY excited about (there are 4 levels and that’s the highest)! I am surprised being that both 7th and 8th graders are together in that band and they  only take 4 tuba players (out of the 16 or so), which blows me away. I am not a great enforcer of home practice, I think piano background helped a lot for him. He will also run cross country and track, excited to cheer him on there, he’s a great runner (after his dad).

middle school locker

My baby has one more year with me, I’ll do a co-op preschool like last year.

We are as ready as we are going to be for school to start on Monday!!!

If you’d like any back to school ideas, I’ve got a few (click on the image for the posts):

Printable Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers

Lots and Lots of lunch jokes!!

Back to School Ideas Our Back to school dinner, photo shoot, and a few crafts.

 

Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art

We’re back with our talented group of 10 creative bloggers to share June’s themed hop. Head on over to their blogs to see and save their projects after viewing ours. Last month’s hop theme was CITRUS (where I shared Citrus Photography Art Prints), and there were so many other cute ideas! Pin this collage below, and make sure you come back on the 10th each month! June’s theme is MASON JARS, I’m loving all the fun ideas!

10 mason jars projects and recipes

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To see each contributors Mason Jar posts up close, join the Blog Hop!

(If the link doesn’t work, click on the home page, it should be at the top!)

1. Little Miss Momma sharing Quick and Easy Painted Mason Jar Vases

2 .Landee See, Landee Do is sharing DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jars

3. Thirty Handmade Days shares Kids Summer Jar Ideas + Printable

4. Simply Kierste is sharing an Easy Mason Jar Lanterns tutorial

5. Your Homebased Mom shares Mason Jar Picnic ideas

6. Lolly Jane shares some quick Mason Jar Vases

7. Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Rainbox Cake in a Jar recipe

8 .Eighteen25 sharing their Laundry Room Mason Jars

9. Or So She Says sharing a DIY Bug Jar Caddy

10. Capturing Joy shares Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art for the home

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MY Mason Jar Project

I’m laughing at myself that I’ve now shared photo art two months in a row on the blog hop. Yes, I’m a photographer at heart, but I love all sorts of other projects, too! This time, I printed out my photo art, and mod podged it onto a piece of wood as a large statement piece for my mantel.

I’m organizing a 90th birthday party for my grandparents, and I planning it all around the Mason Jar theme, so they’ve been on my mind a lot lately! When I saw this mason jar clip art from Graphic’s Fairy, I knew I wanted to make a big statement piece for the party, and to save for my home afterwards.

Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art with a blog hop of 10 creative bloggers sharing Mason Jar projects www.KristenDuke.com
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I didn’t take too many pictures of the step by step process, because it’s so easy, and I shared how to mod podge prints on wood a while back on my blog (check the link for more details).

Here is what I did:

  1. I printed the Mason Jar art onto a 20×30 piece of photo paper–I like BIG! When I initially uploaded the image to my local lab, it appeared to be too odd shaped to print the size I wanted, then I brought the image into my editing system (Photoshop) and created a blank 20×30 canvas and plopped the image onto it, made it bigger, and it uploaded fine.
  2. Cut out Mason Jar picture
  3. Stain (or paint) a piece of wood to your liking, let it dry. Mine is 20×30
  4. Adhere Mason Jar cut picture to stained wood with Mod Podge between wood and print, as well as on top of print and all over the edged of the print.
  5. Place in a visible spot for eye candy!

mason jar print

That’s it! It’s a super easy project, and I love the look. I hope you get a chance to “hop” to visit all of my friends and their Mason Jar projects today!

 

Don’t forget to stop by each month on the 10th- snag a button and place it on your sidebar so you’ll remember!

10 Creative Blogs 10th each month


Citrus Photography Art Prints

I’m so excited to share both my Citrus Photography Art Prints along with a fun monthly collaboration starting today with 10 creative blogs.  Each month on the 10th, the same 10 blogs will share a project around the same theme, and you can hop to their blogs to see and save their projects after viewing mine. Pin this collage below, and make sure you come back on the 10th each month! In May, the theme is CITRUS, below are the fabulous shares.

10 Citrus projects and recipes

To view and download prints from my share, the Citrus Photography Art Prints, scroll down below the hop.

citrus photography art

To see each contributors Citrus post up close,  join the Blog Hop! {In the event that the direct link to their posts don’t work when clicking on the title, click on the blogs main page link just before}. They are numbered according to the links below.

1. Capturing Joy shares Citrus Photography Art Prints for the home

2 .Eighteen25 sharing their Orange Party Punch recipe

3 .Landee See, Landee Do shares a  Crusted Lemon Cream Bars recipe

4. Little Miss Momma sharing diy Typography Mantel Art (Using Lemons)

5. Lolly Jane shares a diy Chevron Citrus Wreath tutorial

6.Or So She Says shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Gems

7. Simply Kierste has a recipe for Lemon Cupcakes

8. Six Sisters Stuff sharing a  Creamy Lemon Bars recipe

9. Thirty Handmade Days shares When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Cookies! Printable and recipe

10. Your Homebased Mom shares a Lemon Cream Cake Recipe

 

Citrus Photography Art Prints

I love photographing food lately, it has become a new art medium for  me. I’ve photographed people for so long, it actually is a challenge to stage food, just so. I love the way citrus colors blend together: limes, oranges, and lemons are so cheery and happy.  I shared my Fresh Squeezed Limeade post earlier in the week, and mentioned that I use limes several times a week with almost any Mexican meal. I also shared my Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip which has lime juice in it, and with my cheesy Queso, I liven up my chips with lime juice, too!

The citrus colors have always made me  happy, and I’d wanted to pull them together for some art prints for my home.

Citrus Photography Art Prints

{To download this vertical high resolution print without the ribbon on it, click here}

citrus photography art

{To Download this citrus photography art, without text, click here}

I’d love to see if you print them in your home! I suggest printing a 16×20 or larger if you are placing on your wall. If on a table top, an 8×10 or 5×7 will work. Sams Club or Costco 16×20 prints are very economical at around $5 each, just remember to un-check the box that says to color correct or it will likely turn out dark.  Do you like this stuff? More photography art prints in the future?

If you are trying to get better at photography, and want some tips, check out my beginner and intermediate photography books !

Make sure you don’t forget to stop by each month on the 10th, go ahead and grab a button and place it in your sidebar!

10 Creative Blogs 10th each month
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