So I've had a couple people on facebook tell me that they have been seeing my little project all over pinterest. I knew it had kind of taken off on tumbler, but was excited that it spread so much on pinterest. The only problem was...they saw it there first instead of seeing it here first - bummer.
Ah well, exposure is still exposure, right? Kind of?? If you are wondering, the footprints are simply made by using an oil based paint that I brush onto the bottom of baby's feet, a regular interior paint for the board, a piece of scrap plywood, tacks and a whole lot of contortion and patience with the bebe.
Basically, I painted out the scrap piece of plywood with leftover interior latex paint and let it dry. The entire piece is fairly lightweight and is attached to the wall with six little upholstery tacks. I take the board down every time I update the footprints and the tacks just stay in the board. To make the footprints, I use a thick, oil based paint that is intended for artists creating oil paintings on canvas. It works well because it is super thick and "cakes" the bottom of the foot so the footprint is clear and full in one press. If you use regular paint, the feet will slide around more and make more of a "smear".
This paint can take days to dry, so plan on leaving the board down (outdoors) several days after each footprint set has been stamped. Placing a wet art piece next to baby's crib is a decidedly BAD idea. If you look close at the photos, you will see a few little fingerprint arks where kiddos have made their unintentional mark on the board...even outdoors they still manage to find it... :)
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