It Is Time To Fingerpaint!

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” – Pablo Picasso


We’re going to do a fingerpainting exercise today with your mind as a blank slate. The purpose of this lesson is to create based on total inspiration! Do not go into this project saying that you want to paint your backyard or the beach. Let your subconscious artistic mind guide you this time. There are plenty of brain-focused artistic exercises that we’ll talk about, in other blog posts. This, however, is not one of them.

As we begin, know and be prepared to get a little messy, while having lots of fun, so make sure you have some newspaper down and wear old clothes/an apron that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. When you’re ready, put down some drawing paper (preferably slightly glossy) and get the fingerpaint out!

Start by wetting your fingers in water, dip them in a few colors and put paint to paper. Feel free to use a few techniques: streaks, swirls, dabbing the page. It doesn’t matter how you get the image going, so don’t think about it too much. Just do it!

As you play around, you might begin to see something. Picasso saw the sun out of a yellow spot. Perhaps, you’ll see something if your creative mind is open to it. Can you get a glimpse of a forest from the patches of greens? Do you notice an animal shape from the browns you’ve added? It there a night sky in the blues and blacks you’ve smeared?

Once you’ve seen the beginning of something, you will know what you’re painting. From here on out, make sure your finger brushing techniques and paint colors serve the picture that you have subconsciously begun. You have absolute freedom here, paint away hassle free. There are styles of fingerpainting, but there is no absolute set of rules. Don’t second-guess yourself!

Once finished, put the drawing in a safe place to dry (fresh sheets of newspaper would work well here.) voilà: you have a new painting that is unique to your creativity! Congrats!

As always, have a Wackadoey Day….and don’t forget to check out my Meet the Artist books series on


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