finger painting

   finger paint
   or fingerpainting
   Finger paints are formulated to be applied and manipulated by the hands. This process is called fingerpainting, typically done on glossy white paper, strong (60-pound is good), coated on both sides, and non-absorbent, having a smooth, bright surface that resists running, smearing or bleeding. Although done by finger-painting little girlartists of all ages, fingerpainting is traditionally associated particularly with painters at the early-childhood level. Finger paints can be purchased, or they can made from other ingredients. If you have tempera, all you need to do is to thicken its consistency by adding cornstarch (also known as cornflour) — either in powder (cooking ingredient) or liquid (laundry supply) form. Each pint of paint could be improved with the addition of a half-cup of starch. A glossy finish will result if you add a tablespoon of glycerine per quart. Artists wearing smocks are less likely to stain their clothes. Plan ahead for clean up too!

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • finger painting — ☆ finger painting n. 1. the art or process of painting by using the fingers, hand, or arm to spread, on moistened paper, paints (finger paints) made of starch, glycerin, and pigments 2. a painting made in this manner finger paint vi., vt. * * * …   Universalium

  • finger painting — ☆ finger painting n. 1. the art or process of painting by using the fingers, hand, or arm to spread, on moistened paper, paints (finger paints) made of starch, glycerin, and pigments 2. a painting made in this manner finger paint vi., vt …   English World dictionary

  • finger painting — n. Creating pictures using finger paint. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • finger-painting — noun 1. a painting produced by spreading paint with the fingers • Derivationally related forms: ↑finger paint • Hypernyms: ↑painting, ↑picture 2. painting by using the fingers to spread the paint • Derivationally related forms: ↑finger pai …   Useful english dictionary

  • finger painting — noun 1. : the technique of using finger paint 2. : a picture or design made with finger paint * * * finger painting, 1. a method of painting pictures or designs with thickened water colors on large sheets of paper, with fingers or hands instead… …   Useful english dictionary

  • finger painting — Synonyms and related words: acrylic painting, aquarelle, canvas, coloring, easel picture, encaustic cerography, encaustic painting, flower painting, fresco painting, genre painting, gouache, grisaille, illumination, illustration, impasto,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • finger painting — noun a) The technique of painting using the fingers instead of a brush. b) A painting made using this technique …   Wiktionary

  • finger painting — noun Date: 1937 a technique of spreading pigment on paper chiefly with the fingers; also a picture so produced …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • finger paint — finger painting. a jellylike paint, used chiefly by children in painting, usually with their fingers. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • finger-paints — n [plural] special paints that children use to paint with, using their fingers >finger painting n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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