Handprints are synonymous with a paint-your-own pottery studio. Gift giving seasons are filled with people wanting to capture prints as a keepsake on pottery. Whether you’re offering handprints in the studio, in to go kits, or custom finished projects, you will want to help your customers get the best prints possible.
Our website has a variety of projects in the Project Gallery in addition to these books that provide inspiration:
It is always easier to get a baby’s handprint if they are sleeping! Handprints show up best if you select colors that are medium to dark intensity. Pale / pastel colors do not show up as well since these prints are essentially one coat of glaze. Note: Some of the darker colors, such as black or dark blue, can be harder to remove from bisque that does not have a base coat of color.
Options for the Background
Leaving the background white and apply prints onto bare bisque gives a simple look. If you decide to apply color around the handprints, it looks nice to leave a halo of white around the prints. Paint the background a lighter color with a darker print on top for more pop. Alternatively, you can apply a print then use a Foundations Sheer or Speckta-Clear glaze on top of the entire piece for a different look. We do not recommend applying a dark background color as the prints will not show up as well.
Typically, children under 6 months are grippers. If the child is a real gripper, you can use this method to get a good print.
Using a babys feet or bums are also popular as well. Overall, this is a very playful and interactive decorating effect for parents and their children to make in your studio! Have fun and happy printing!