It’s been over a year since we last used fingerpaints, which means that I had enough time to block all of the memories of attempting to clean a slimey, gooey, multi-colored, covered head-to-foot toddler without turning into a slimey, gooey, multi-colored, covered head-to-foot Mommy.
And, the weather has been so gorgeous this week that Ali and I have been looking for any excuse to get outside.
So, we decided that today was the PERFECT day to explore our creativity.
Well actually, all she knew was “we’re going to do something really fun!!!”. But it was enough to get her to be patient while I gathered up the LONG list of supplies that one needs to create a toddler fingerpainting experience.
I got it all set up, including, of course, dressing her and I in pre-stained clothes, and then pulled out the paints.
Apparently, a year is long enough for her memory to fade, too. She just sat there, next to the paints and the canvas, as if she were waiting for me to hand her a paintbrush or something:
I was determined to give as little instruction as possible to see where her creativity would lead her, but I finally had to give in, after staring at her, staring at ME for at least 5 months in toddler years.
“Just use your fingers and paint.”
But she got over it and jumped back in with both fists:
It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. She abruptly picked up her hands from the canvas, looked up proudly, and asked me to please put all the tops back on the paints.
“Are you all done?”
“Yes, I’m all done.”
“Okay, but you need to do one more thing first: You need to sign your name.”
“Okay….A…..L….I. I signed my name!!”
Yes, it MIGHT look like a hand shooting the bird at me.
I suppose it COULD be a subliminal message (especially since she’s always been quite prone to using her middle finger).
Or maybe it is just a result of our short-sightedness in naming choices. We went through every rhyme for her name to prevent bad nicknaming, but the SHAPE of her name – we never considered that…
At any rate, I’m sure you’re ready to see the complete finished picture.
And finally, a short clip of the artist hard at work:
And THAT is how masterpieces are created. Oh – and how slimey, gooey, multi-colored, covered-head-to-foot toddlers are made.