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Welcome to my colorful world. I am a happy (most of the time!) wife, mom, MeMaw, artist, and art teacher. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I also love to create, cook, nest, decorate, entertain family and friends, laugh, collect vintage stuff, snuggle my cats and dog, play outdoors, and so much more! In addition to all this, I also publish an online magazine with my dear friend, called Mermaids of the Lake. Oh, and I love a big cup of coffee with cream, a dry martini, red wine, blingy jewelry, pink lipstick, blue fingernail polish. I love color! Beautiful colors inspire, motivate, and move me!!! What's my favorite color? I can't choose. I love them all! Yellow, pink, red, turquoise, blue, purple, orange, green and every variation in between!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Grown-up Finger Painting!

I adored finger painting as a child. I remember when suddenly at about the age of six, it just wasn't considered grown-up enough to be finger painting any more. It was for preschoolers, not first graders.

Well, I don't like that at all. Finger painting should be encouraged well beyond the preschool years. It is a great way to create and experiment with color and blending, and teaches one to be very resourceful! I figured out real fast when creating this finger painted Composition Book, how to use my fingers and even a bit of my fingernail to get a bit more detail.
This is my first finger painting project in about 44 years and I am hooked! I loved the process and it really made me reconnect with my inner child by remembering and honoring something I used to love, but was encouraged to give up. Plus, it is just fun! Of course, I am not using actual finger paints anymore. Now I get to have a plethora of colors at my disposal by using acrylic paints. And, for this project, I simply used acrylic craft paints.
I slapped a quick coat of Gesso on the cover of the Composition Book. White paint would work too. I started out by sketching a quick idea. I didn't really follow it closely, but many people work better if they have a plan laid out. I usually tend to just wing it.

I still need to paint the back cover and the insides of both the front and back cover.

I look forward to exploring my rediscovered art form from my adult perspective and plan to continue using it with my preschool students and beyond. And, I can't wait to do some journaling in my new finger painted notebook. Have you done any finger painting since childhood?

I need to give a bit of credit to an amazing artist whom I have grown to love following for pure inspiration. I actually Googled finger painting, looking for some ideas for a homemade finger paint for my preschool students. And, Alisa Burke Redefine Creativity's post on her finger painting project came up. She is amazing! I knew I needed to try it right then and there! I turned off my computer and got busy sticking my finger in paint! I just grabbed this Composition Notebook because it was handy. Next time I am going to use some canvas. Follow this link to her finger painting  project.

See my Art/Craft Tutorials page for more inspiration!

Follow Debbie's board Art for Children on Pinterest.


  1. Oh that is so cool, Debbie! Great colors and fun project. I can't even tell you the last time I finger painted!

    1. Hi Deb. Thank you! As you can tell by my post, I loved it. You should try it.


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