Using a finger paint recipe that I found here, I mixed up some paint. (If you're too lazy to click the link, the recipe is 3 Tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup corn starch, 2 cups water. Mix them together in a pan, then heat and stir on the stove until it thickens. Let it cool, then spoon it into containers and add food coloring. Add more food coloring than you think you need, because it will look lighter than you expected when painted onto paper/canvas.) For the record, this paint came off of our skin really easily, and it also washed out of my clothes with no stains left behind, even though I didn't put the clothes in the wash until the next day. But don't wear your favorite outfit or anything. I can't guarantee that you'll have the same experience. It probably depends on the food coloring you use. Please don't sue me.
While I was making the paint, Lucas occupied himself by doing this:
I took the paint, canvas, Lucas, and a whole roll of paper towels; stuck them all in a giant box on my back deck; then climbed in myself. (It was a really big box.) At this point, I expected it to be like every picture I've ever seen of a child finger painting, ever. My child would be elbow-deep in paint, gleefully coating the canvas, box, and himself with all of the paint he could get his hands on. Instead, Lucas confirmed something that I was starting to suspect - he hates getting dirty. He tentatively stuck his fingers into the paint, immediately regretted his decision, tried to wipe his hand off on his shirt, realized too late that I had removed his shirt and that he was wiping paint on his chest, then just stared in dismay at his messy hand and torso.
I eventually got him to do a little bit of painting by doing it myself while making ridiculously over-excited noises to show how fun it was. The rest of the "painting" was from Lucas sitting on the canvas while playing with paper towels, walking across (and occasionally falling onto) the canvas while trying to escape the box, and halfheartedly wiggling his legs across the the bottom of the canvas.
However, we ended up with a gift for Dan that he can hang in his office until we can replace it with a piece of art that Lucas makes willingly (instead of one that his mean mommy forced him to make.)
|See the big red splotch next to the letter B? That's where I tried to put Lucas's footprint onto the canvas. He screamed like I was trying to chop his foot off.|
When it was dry, I peeled off the tape and then sprayed it with a clear acrylic coating to hopefully help preserve it. (I have no idea whether that last step was actually necessary.)
Lucas proudly gave his present to Dan (ok, he actually looked at it like he'd never seen it before), and Dan really likes it, so we'll classify this as a success.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day (and that no one else's gift made their children quite as angry as this gift did.)