Today we are showing you how to make a rainbow handprint canvas painting keepsake for St Patrick’s Day. This vibrant handprint rainbow painting can be made with or without the black pot of gold palm print (see craft suggestion below). It can be displayed on the wall as a symbol of luck. Read on to see the full St Patrick’s Day canvas art tutorial.
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St Patrick’s Day Rainbow Handprint Canvas Painting Tutorial
Place all the paint colors needed, including black, on a paper plate or paint palette.
Painting Tip: When using acrylic paint with kids, keep in mind that it will stain clothes. Also, if you are using bottles that aren’t brand new, the paint sometimes thickens a little making it too dry for handprints. All you have to do is add a small drop of water to the child’s hand and mix it (or in the blob of paint before painting the hand).
Paint the child’s fingers – each with a different color. If you’d like to use all six colors, spread out three colors over two fingers.
Paint the child’s palm hand with black paint.
Firmly press their hand on to either the corner or the bottom-center of the canvas. Lift straight up in one quick motion. Set aside to dry.
Cut small circles from gold glitter foam and glue onto the black pal print. This creates the pot of gold. I love that the craft foam is glittery.
Cut a cloud shape from the white craft foam and glue on top of the end of the rainbow.
To create the grass, dip your child’s finger in green paint and then have them make prints along the bottom of the canvas. Apply more paint to the fingers as needed.
Kids are fascinated by the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as well as trying to catch a leprechaun. This rainbow handprint canvas craft is a fun way to enjoy exploring your child’s interest and teach them about Irish culture and the symbols that are often associated with St Patrick’s Day.
Craft Suggestion: Instead of adding a black palm print, make a palm print cloud instead. All you have to do is switch out the black paint for either blue or light gray with with swirls added in.
What creative rainbow painting projects have you made with the kids?