Easy Salt Dough Prints for Father’s Day!

If (like me!) you’re having a last minute panic about Fathers Day gifts then here’s the answer…..salt dough prints are fun to make and a lovely keepsake! Plus MUCH more personal than a pair of socks or undies!!!

 

To make the salt dough :

a cup of flour

half a cup of salt

3/4 cup of water

a squirt of ready mix paint to colour your dough

Mix the dry ingredients well first then add the water gradually, stirring until a dough begins to form. Squirt in your paint then get your hands it – knead the dough well until the colour is spread evenly and you have a smooth firm dough.

If it’s too sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly make a small well and then add in a teaspoon of water before kneading again

Flatten and shape your dough to the required shape!

Now it’s time to take your prints! Reading our blog post on how to get a good print from a baby or toddler might help – that was all about painty prints but some common principles apply! Press the foot/hand gently into the dough and press down to get a lovely clear print

If you have older kids you could get them to decorate the print at this point – you can press in beads or sequins or sprinkle with glitter in true ARTventurers style!

And if you are going to add holes for hanging as a hanging plaque then do this now too – you can do this by pushing a pen or pencil into the dough or using something thin like a skewer

To dry your print – you can air dry it for a few days in a warm and sunny spot OR you can bake it on a low heat in the oven for a couple of hours. Please keep checking it carefully if you are oven drying and DON’T use this method if you have decorated it with beads or sequins as they will just melt!

A layer of clear varnish is recommended to seal your finished plaque!

You can also add name/age with a sharpie marker – or any other Father’s Day message you like!

 

Christmas Hand and Footprints!

There is nothing lovelier than a home-made Christmas card…and even cuter if it’s got a little person’s hand or footprint on it! Here’s a little round up of our favourite festive hand and footprints……there’s a fingerprint one thrown in for good measure too!

If you’re struggling to get a good clear print (and we know it can be tricky!) check out our blog post all about how to get a lovely clear print!

And of course if you fancy joining in the arty fun at our classes in the New Year…..pop over to our Find a Class page to find out all about joining in the ARTventurers fun!

Baby Footprints – how to get a good clear footprint from a baby or toddler!

It’s that time of year again when a lot of grown ups are keen to paint those gorgeous little feet (and hands!) and transform them into something super cute for Christmas cards and keepsakes! However….it’s not an easy feat to get a lovely clear painty print from a wriggly baby or a toddler! So here’s our little tip on how best to get a good clear print from your baby or tot….

Before we start though – it goes without saying that you need to make sure that your baby or toddler is in a happy and settled mood before you start to take a print! So make sure that they aren’t overtired, hungry or in need of a nappy change or drink before you get started and make sure that wherever you are doing the prints that they are somewhere that they feel safe and secure – sat on your knee for example.

Most children don’t mind having their feet painted, some of them love it and some find it quite relaxing BUT if your baby or toddler isn’t quite in the mood for it today – don’t stress either of you out….just take a break and try again another time!

(TV, music, a biscuit for older children or a comforter can also provide a good distraction)


 Step 1 :

Get a large flat sponge and paint it using a brush. You could do one block colour or stripes!

Step 2 :

Press the little foot gently onto the sponge to transfer the paint from sponge to foot!

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Step 3 :

Press the painty foot down gently onto the paper – make sure you have the heel onto the paper and gently press those little toes. You can also rock the foot – again very gently – from side to side to make sure you’ve got the full print

And that’s it – hey presto! Lift the foot away from the paper and reveal!

Best paint to use? Get some ready mix water based paint – its easy to wipe or wash off, comes in a wide range of lovely colours and will produce a nice clear and long lasting print

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