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Art Lesson: How To Draw A Hand Print In 3 Dimensional Colors

3D HandPrint. Finished art work I drew of my hand. Colored with marking pens and a sharpie.

3D HandPrint. Finished art work I drew of my hand. Colored with marking pens and a sharpie.

I am on a hand-print 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 then colored. It's become addicting actually - who wouldn't love making 3 dimensional hand prints 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 hand-prints. 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 e-mail this who thought it would make a good lesson. And it does! It is so much fun.

Let the art begin!

Step-by-step instruction on drawing a 3-D hand

Step-by-step instruction on drawing a 3-D hand


How to Draw a 3-D Hand-Print

All you will need for your art lesson today is some drawing paper (printer paper is OK if you don't have any drawing paper), a pencil, eraser, Sharpie and a few colored markers.

This step by step instruction are in the photos to the right. 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 hand-print, 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 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 get a good arching line on the hand print part.
  • When you get to the fingers, do the same thing except each finger gets it's 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!

Ideas for Your Hand-Print Art

This would be fun art-work to not only frame and put on the walls, but would also be great for:

  • Mothers Day gifts (do your childs hand and give to Mommy or Grandma)
  • Fathers Day gifts
  • Birthday presents
  • Craft lessons with kids
  • An art lesson in a studio setting
  • Christmas gifts
  • A family craft (do all your hand-prints together)

Ohhh - The Really Fun Part Begins - Colors!

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" hand-print 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 2 or 3 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 3-D hand-print works of art!

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How to Make an Optical Illusion Hand-Print

Step by step instructions on how to make this optical illusion hand-print.

Step by step instructions on how to make this optical illusion hand-print.


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! :)