Post # 1
I would like to do the Wedding Thumbprint Tree idea to use as our guest book. I would like a friend of mine to paint the tree. I have asked her to paint the tree and said I would buy all the material for her to paint it on. I want to be able to frame this and hang on display in my house later. I am not much of an artist, so am unfamiliar with the best products out there for art that I want to display. Can anyone tell me would type of paper/board/canvas would be best to paint on and sturdy for people to put their thumbprints on? Also, can anyone recommend a size to fit 250 thumbprints?
thanks for all your help!!
Post # 3
I am wondering the same thing. I have seen some done on canvas but I didn’t think the ink from the stamping pad would stick to that well.
Post # 4
You can do either paper or canvas for a thumbprint tree.
14 x 17 or 16 x 20 should be a good size for that many thumbprints, I would make the trunk a bit on the short side if that makes sense. That will make a lot of room for all the thumbprint leaves.
If you want to use paper, I would get a thick smooth vellum paper, and frame it with a matte border, but leave the glass off so people can just put their thumbprint on. The frame will keep it looking nice but will also add a sturdy back to protect the paper.
If you want to use canvas, I recommend also buying some white gesso, a large brush, and some fine sand paper. Because the canvas is textured you’ll want to paint a layer of gesso on, let it dry and then sand it smooth. For best results do a few coats, and you should be left with a nice smooth surface. This way you’ll be able to get clearer thumbprints, but also have the perk of wrapped canvas so you won’t have to frame it later.
I hope I could help! 🙂
Post # 6
yes, thanks for the advice. I would like to do some type of paper, matted and framed sounds nice.
Post # 7
I made one for my friend’s guest book and I used Bristol paper from Michaels, along with those thumb print ink pads. You could also get it framed at Michaels with on of their custom framing coupons!
Post # 8
you can use illustration board instead of canvas, hot press illustration board is smooth and takes ink/design/drawings a lot better than canvas does.
Post # 9
we ordered a poster from vistaprint :/ but we’ll see, might ask our friend who’s also an artist to put it on canvas for us… you just never know what vistaprint looks like