Rudy and I like to give each other surprises for Christmas. For me that often means giving him some kind of art or something made by hand. This year I wanted to bring Reed into the tradition using his handprints or footprints in some way.
I decided on a butterfly and here is the most adorable little butterfly we ended up with!
Here is the how to in case you would like to make one with your little one.
I decided to do it on water color paper rather than a canvas. I figured if I messed up I could just get a new piece of paper. That wouldn't be so easy with a canvas. I also picked water color paper because I thought I was going to paint around his feet to make it look more butterfly-ish...I tried and that didn't turn out so cute.
I picked several colors of acryllic paint and a soft brush.
I took Reed's socks off and rolled his pants up...he has been kind of squirmy lately so I knew I had to work fast! I also timed it right after a meal so he would be content.
I painted one foot and then the other trying to make each foot a little different from the other.
Then I stamped each foot on the paper one at a time making sure to do a thorough cleaning between feet - especially in between the toes!
The finished products looked like this:
I even put his initials on it so years from now everyone would know it was a Reed Baldwin Hayden original. :)
Merry Christmas Daddy!