Release Your Inner Child: Finger Painting

Finger painting is pretty simple, and can be done with any wet medium. I like to use acrylic paints because of their viscosity and colour range, but as you can see in the video many types work – acrylics, water colours, acrylic inks, regular inks… the list goes on I’m sure (If you use something I haven’t, please tag me on instagram and let me know how it went!). If using your fingers just isn’t going to work for you from a sensory, or even clean nails point of view, don’t worry! You can wear gloves and still get lots of the same great benefits.

Here’s some hot tips to remember:

  • Layering is really helpful with finger painting!
  • Turn your finger over and use your nails (even very short ones like mine!) to scratch patterns into the wet paint
  • Try making prints – either of your whole hand or part of it
  • Think of your fingers like paint brushes – taking your pinky finger on the side can make a surprisingly thin line, and taking your whole index finger and scraping it down the pages makes a (not surprisingly) thick line!
  • Experiment with a range of different mediums – there might be some that you don’t usually use with brushes that might really resonate with you as a finger painting medium!
  • Don’t be afraid to mix mediums, layering different ones on top of the other.
  • Finger painting can make a great background to – either with found images pasted on top, or more detailed illustrations drawn or painted on top of the finger paint.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous then don’t be limited to your fingers and hands! You can get some fun, and liberating prints and marks by using lots of other parts of your body!

I really hope you give this a try, and by the end of this post feel confident to make this a “go to” artist recipe to deal with artist block, lack of motivation, or as a creative warm up. I also really hope that you feel the freedom even in a more structured art journaling page to just add a little whisper here and there of your finger painting!

Action Steps

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Let go on your inhibitions, grab some wet media, and let loose!

Today’s challenge: create an art journal page using nothing but your hands and your medium of choice.

Talia Carbis

Talia is an artist from Brisbane, Australia. She is a wife and mum to 3 kids, just trying to fit creativity into her life wherever it fits! Talia explores topics like Judaism, and mental health through her art and enjoys making youtube videos, and teaching kids art classes.

3 Comments

  1. Alyssa Rothwell

    Ah there is nothing better than connecting with your inner child and making a beautiful mess! Love this!!

  2. Maura Flood

    What fun! Thanks for all the great suggestions and examples.

  3. Jenna Ledford

    I love finger painting in my art journal! I also find it really enables me to get something covered faster than a paintbrush…