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Welcome to one of the projects in our series 8 Awesome Handprint Art Projects to do With Your Kids! To learn more about the project and see a complete list of methods, materials and projects, click here to start at the beginning. (new tab will open for you) Affiliate links have been used.

Fish Handprint Art Project

3. Fish 
Supplies you will need:

  • Colored paper and paper with patterns if you choose to do the matted look and mount them for impact. (See photos.)
  • Glue sticks for mounting
  • Small paint brushes:  I recommend this brand of brushes.  They do not fall apart like cheaper brushes do, they hold up to frequent use and proper cleaning as well. 
  • Foam flat brushes
  • Colored acrylic paints:  This is the same set I have in my own home.  You get a nice variety of colors at a good price.  Plus, the box this set comes in is sturdy, so you can continue to use it for storage.
  • Black sharpie or nice thin pens for detailing

You will need whatever color you choose to make the fish in, pinks, reds, white, and blues are best. Underwater colors work best for the paper–greens, blues, gray.  

  1.  Start by painting any details like seaweed, shells, or sea creatures in first with paint brushes, leaving space for wherever you want to put your big handprint fish.
  2. Use foam brush to paint the entire palm side of hand in the fish color of your choice.  Press hand down slowly on the paper wherever you want your fish to go, being careful to press all fingers and the palm down well.  Slowly pull up.  Let the paint dry.
  3. After all the paint is dry you can come back with markers or pens to add details.
  4. Complete your artwork by mounting it onto a background page that peeks out around the edges to form a frame and give it a matted look.  Use glue stick on the back of your artwork to affix it to the background page.


All posts in this series:

  1. Intro to the series
  2. Red Poppies
  3. Handprint Trees
  4. Handprint Fish
  5. Fingerprint Dandelion
  6. Handprint Kite
  7. Handprint Peacock
  8. Handprint Birds or Chickens
  9. Hand and fingerprint creative scene