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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.

Make a Handprint Peacock Painting
6. Peacock 
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 dark cobalt blue, teal and a black fine pen.

  1. Paint the entire palm of hand with a foam brush, in the dark blue.  Press down carefully in the center of the paper, being sure to make good contact.  When removing your hand from the paper, roll it off to the side to gradually release it from the page, rather than lifting straight up. 
  2. Let it dry and then paint your pinky fingertip in teal, and add one fingertip dot to each of the dark blue fingertips on the paper.
  3. Once those are dry, go in and use the pen to add in feather details, face, legs, and so on.
  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

This project has also been included in the 2016 Paint-a-Thon project, which is full of a ton of great art ideas for you to use in your home!

2016 Paint-a-Thon