Finger Paint Recipe and Finger Painting
What you will make:
This project features a simple technique for making finger paints. The recipe is based on the finger paint created
in Rome by Ruth Shaw, originator of modern finger painting, and includes some of her tips for using finger paints.
Modern-day finger painting was developed by Ruth Faison Shaw during the 1920s for the children in her school.
She was looking for a more imaginative way for children to express themselves.
"Finger paints are direct descendants of mud pies. All I have done is add the rainbow," said Shaw.
She developed a paint that washes off easily, feels like mud to the touch, spreads smoothly, and does not dry too
quickly. It was basically liquid starch mixed with dry tempera (ground pigment) or crumbled chalk.
Finger painting isn't just for the younger crowd. Join in with the kids and see how much fun it can
be to use your fingers and hands to create images.
Related craft: Kid's (and adults) can make
Bubble Print Paper while blowing bubbles.
Here's what you need to make finger paint:
- Poster paint or acrylic paint
- Corn starch
- Optional: Oil of clove or spearmint
- Small saucepan and tea kettle
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Stove or hot plate
To finger paint, you'll need:
- Freezer paper or shelf paper
- Sponge and water to wet paper
- Optional: Smock and plastic sheeting
This project is rated EASY to do.