Monday, October 17, 2011

Little Pink Hands

Okay so they really aren't pink hands, but I really liked that title so I had to stick with it :-). I got the inspiration for this project after seeing all these word arts everywhere. I really do like them, but I've been thinking of doing something with the same feel but more personal. I got this idea last week and I already had bought a frame from the local Goodwill store for $7.99 for a different project that never happened, so this was really meant to be.

I have to confess that things didn't turn out exactly as I pictured, but I am really happy with how it turned out, imperfections and all. I think it turned out beautifully, and really how can it not with my babies as the subjects :-).

First I thought I'd dip their hands in paint, and have them on the frame, but after careful consideration I had several holes in that plan. One, Zahra is 8 months, has her hands in fists most of the time, especially when you prompt her to open them up.  Then there's the safety issue, cleaning up, and I know I can't have her do it without having paint all over the board.

I used matte finish for the pink background and a high gloss white that I had left over from a previous project. I wanted the hand print to have a "wet" look effect, and it does, even though it doesn't really translate in the pictures.

So my solution was to do a tracing of their palms, cut it out, then paint the trace on the board.
It was a longer project than anticipated, but you know things don't always go as planned, and thats okay too. The old me would have gotten frustrated that things weren't as perfect as I planned, but I've learned that letting things be just as they were supposed to, is even better than whatever master plan we might have.


via artylicious
 I kept calm and wished I had a cupcake :-).

(Images by Fatou Bah except as noted)


Marian said...

I really like the graphic feel of this Fatou! I don't think you could have picked a better shade of pink if you had tried! The hands worked perfectly, it looks wet and I like the contrast of that to the matte finish of the canvas.

I like how you took inspiration from something but ended up with something very much your own.

Enamored with 'Little Pink Hands'!

Kudos darling

Big kiss

Fatou said...

Thanks love! It was a fun little project and now Jalika loves pointing out that its her hands and sister's :-).


Bren said...

I love this! Even with the pink. ;)

Jankeh Dibba said...

Now this is GORGEOUS!!! Did u get it patented???? Only two hands that look like that in the whole entire world!