How to Paint Hand Prints


The easiest way to paint a hand print is to actually cover your hand--or the hand of someone else--in paint, then apply the paint-covered hand to the surface where you'd like to see a hand print. Luckily, there are other ways to realistically paint a hand print (without covering yourself in wet, sticky goo). This method is great for decorating walls, painting posters or just messing around at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Outline your hand with a pencil, very lightly. Do this on whatever surface you'd like to paint the hand print on such as a wall, sheet of paper or canvas.

  • Paint a thick line around the outer edge of the palm, leaving the center of the palm and the area between the pointer finger and the thumb unpainted.

  • Paint each finger in oval-shaped segments. For example, the pointer finger would be represented by three ovals shaped to fit inside the outline of the finger. The first oval would be the largest and would span from the palm to the first knuckle. The second oval would be medium sized, and would span from the first knuckle to the second knuckle, and the third oval should span from the second knuckle to the tip. Repeat this for all fingers.

  • Paint an oval at the end of the thumb that spans from the knuckle to the tip of the thumb.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you wish to paint hand prints that aren't the size of your hand, you can use this method to teach yourself to make realistic hand prints. Once you feel comfortable with the process of painting the hand, wean yourself from using the outline, and simply repeat the same pattern over and over, in different sizes.

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