In Your Hands: Exploring Multimedia Art

May 8, 2012

Mulitimedia ArtFor those of  you who follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed my growing fascination for multimedia art—especially when it involves photography. You can see some of my favorite creations from around the web herehere, and here.

After showing the girls those inspirational photos, they decide to create some art of their own. They thought it would be fun to start with their hands. Each one decided what they what like to be “holding” and we photographed their hands in the “holding” position against a white backdrop.

Hand PhotosNext we loaded the hand photos into the computer and converted them to black and white. Then, we printed them on 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of watercolor paper. We cut the paper down to size so that it would fit in the printer. We also had the best luck with 90 lb paper. We started out by trying 140 lb paper, but it would not go through the printer.

WatercoloringOnce the hands were printed, the girls enjoyed a relaxing and creative painting session. It was really fun to witness their ideas come to fruition.

Hand PortraitThe girls also experimented with using oil pastels to create the watercolor resist effect…

Watercolor ResistWatercolor Resist IIThis will be a fun new avenue for us to explore… I think a whole wall gallery of these pieces would be amazing!

Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. KT said on May 8, 2012 #

    LOVE!! What a fantastic way to make painting all the more exciting. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • mariah said on May 8, 2012 #

      Thanks KT! That is how we feel, it adds a whole new dimension to painting with watercolors.

  2. ~ joey ~ said on May 8, 2012 #

    These are great! I haven’t dipped my toes into multimedia art yet, but I will add it to the list of must tries!
    I love rainbows so I might need to copy your daughter’s idea! ;o)
    ~ joey ~

    • mariah said on May 8, 2012 #

      Thanks Joey! These are easy and fun…

  3. Cassi said on May 22, 2012 #

    I love this idea, Mariah! I’ll be featuring it tomorrow on The Crafty Crow :)

    • mariah said on May 23, 2012 #

      Thanks Cassi! I hope all is well with you and your family…

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