Here’s a cool project that doesn’t take many supplies to create. I tried it myself and the steps and pictures of my progress are below.

To create your 3D hand art, you will need:

  • A pencil.
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils. (I used markers…which I now have all over my hands. Anyone else have trouble using markers without getting it on them? No? Just me?)
  • Ruler.
  • Paper.
  • A larger piece of paper, paper bag, or newspaper to put under your artwork while you are making it to prevent getting marks on the table.
A pencil on a table

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Step 1: Trace your hand using the pencil.

A close up of a whiteboard

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Step 2: Using the ruler and a black marker, crayon, or colored pencil, draw straight lines around the hand and between the fingers, like this:

A close up of a sign

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It should end up looking like this:

A picture containing object, comb, white, sitting

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Step 3: Draw curved lines across fingers and hand connecting the straight lines.

A picture containing object, comb, measure, clock

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If you get a little smudgy during the step, don’t worry about it. When you color it in you will hardly see the smudges. You can see I got a smudge near the wrist and there are some up by the fingers, too. When you’re done, you should have something like this: (Looks 3D already, doesn’t it?)

A picture containing standing, bird, white

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Step 4: Color in the stripes. It helps to use a pattern of colors because it sort of “tricks” the eye. However, I encourage you to try lots of different things and as many colors as you like! I used 4 colors in a rotating pattern.

A close up of a device

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Ta da! All finished! What do you think?

A close up of a logo

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When the library reopens (and we sure hope it is soon because we miss all of you!) bring in your hand art. We’ll make an art display of all the fun things we made while staying Safer at Home.