Dorsi is a freelance writer/researcher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a photographer, art educator, and artist.
I am on a handprint kick—drawing them that is. Not only drawing them but coloring them with markers in all kinds of bright and lovely colors. Lucky family members who get in my path get their hand grabbed, traced and colored. It's become addicting actually . . . who wouldn't love making 3D handprints that are worthy of an art gallery?
In the spirit of sharing, I have prepared a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw these incredible handprints. I have also included some in different colors so you have some color ideas when you do yours. Don't be afraid to try this, really anyone can do it. It just takes a fairly steady hand and a little creativity.
I can't take credit for this thinking up this craft, I actually had a friend email this who thought it would make a good lesson. And it does! It is so much fun.
Let the art begin!
- Drawing paper (printer paper is OK if you don't have any drawing paper)
- A few colored markers
How to Draw a 3D Handprint
The photos above illustrate the process. I will also walk you through the steps here:
- Start by tracing your hand in pencil. Make sure you can clearly see your lines. Try to hold your wrist as straight as possible (you'll see why this makes it easier when you get to the other steps).
- Next start with a straight line at the bottom of your paper and draw straight across until you get to the print. Now make a slight arching line over the handprint, then draw a straight line the rest of the way across the paper. You may want to do these first few lines with pencil until you get the hang of it. If you are really confident, go for the Sharpie at this point. Don't worry about your lines being perfect or going all the way to the edge of the paper.
- Lather, rinse and repeat until you get to the thumb. This part can be a little tricky and you may find your line leaning downwards. That's OK, you will get them straighter as you go up. This does not have to be perfect. The main thing is to get a good arching line on the handprint part.
- When you get to the fingers, do the same thing except each finger gets its own arch then go straight across to the next finger and so on. If you are still using pencil and not satisfied with the results, you can correct them as you go.
- After you get to the top and have drawn all the fingers and the print, make a few more straight lines at the top to complete your drawing. You are done with the first part!
Time to Color!
Pick out some favorite colors from your markers and start layering above your Sharpie lines with color, one at a time. You can change colors midstream, experiment, mix color combinations, whatever feels good to you.
As you can see, I have been experimenting with different color combinations, including rainbow colors and even an "abstract" handprint with wavy lines on each side (I don't recommend starting out with that one though, do some practice first)
Layer your colors one by one until you are done. I found myself using either two or three colors between my black Sharpie lines. You can also not use black at all, this is entirely up to you.
There, that's it! Enjoy your 3D handprint works of art!
Ideas for Your Handprint Art
This would be fun artwork to not only frame and put on the walls, but would also be great for:
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- Mother's Day gifts (do your child's hand and give to Mommy or Grandma)
- Father's Day gifts
- Birthday presents
- Craft lessons with kids
- Art lesson in a studio setting
- Christmas gifts
- Family craft (do all of your handprints together)
More 3D Handprint Art
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on July 03, 2013:
@PaisleeGal) YW and you are going to have so much fun making these Paislee!
Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on June 26, 2013:
This looks like so much fun!!! I can't wait to get creating fun handprints with my family and friends ... Thanks for sharing !!
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on June 18, 2013:
@dianagamzinai) I am so glad you tried it and enjoyed it! Thank for coming by, reading and doing the project. That's awesome!
@Rich W2K) Thanks Rich. This is such a fun project - definitely one of my favorites.
Rich from Gold Coast on June 18, 2013:
This is brilliant, and you make it look so easy. To me it really looks like you've put a brightly-colored glove on a piece of paper and then drew lines of the same color beside it to act as camouflage! Great idea for kids too. Thanks
Diana on June 13, 2013:
Hello, this is really cool article and I read it and try to do this not on my own but with my little cousins. We have so much fun ! Also, I tw.eet this because I thought that this is the main idea why 3D handmade products are better that the printed 3D products - they can make so fun for the people to make it by itselfs.. not only modeling it by the computer.. :) Cool ! Thanks
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 11, 2013:
@Vacation and randomcreative) Thanks. This is one of the most awesome crafts I have stumbled across lately. Fun to do for any age!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 11, 2013:
What a cool technique! Thanks for sharing.
Susan from India on May 11, 2013:
This looks good. Your instructions and pics are so clear. Thank you Dorsi for sharing. Voted up.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 10, 2013:
@NornsMercy) Thanks, I've been having so much fun with this one!
Chace from Charlotte, NC on May 10, 2013:
This is so cool! Voted up/awesome/beautiful because it really is! :)