Pineapple Fingerprint Art Tutorial

Most kids love using paints and they don’t seem to mind using them a bit during the process, which makes this pineapple fingerprint art project great for a lesson afternoon art.

This project combines the fun process of drawing on your thumb and using printmaking to create a great work of art.

Pineapple fingerprint art ideas

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When teaching this class, give kids an example of something, with step-by-step instructions on how to do it, then let them do some more on their own and get creative.

This gives them the foundation of the lesson so they know how to do it correctly, of course if they choose to follow the instructions but then they can still come up with their own ideas.

Make pineapple fingerprint art

Younger children may need a parent or adult to assist in this process but love it just the same. Around 5th grade, children will draw a picture and then just want to draw it themselves.

If you are teaching multiple children, I would mainly focus on elementary age for this.

Supplies for fingerprint art

It doesn’t require a lot of supplies and is generally an easy lesson, so if you have a week where you know you’ll be stressed with other things, include this lesson in there to lighten your load.

Pineapple Fingerprint Art for Kids

What you will need:

  • Acrylic paint in yellow, green, orange… Just choose inexpensive brands, they work well.
  • construction paper or multimedia paper.
  • palette or paper plate
  • Paintbrushes in many different sizes. Thin ones help with small details like adding eyes to something, but they also require wider ones.
  • paper towels and/or hand towels.
  • Disposable tablecloth for easy cleanup.
  • glass of water.

Fingerprint art supplies

Instructions step by step

If possible, make your own example to show your child, one yellow and one mixed paint.

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Colors for fingerprint art

For the pineapple, I personally showed them where and how to draw the thumb so they knew exactly what I meant by creating the shape they needed, and I just used a piece of paper to show how to “seal ” fingerprints down.

Ask them to turn the paper vertically so they have plenty of room for the entire content to fit into the space around it.

Step 1-1

Explain at the beginning that they will have time to try other fingerprints or prints, so this one just use the same thumb for each stamp so it looks like a pineapple Real.

I give my students the option of making the fruit a yellow background, then adding a layer of orange on each stamp if they want, which helps give some dimension to the fruit or create a marbled look rhinestones by using three colors of paint and stamping those. .

Pineapple fingerprint art

Show them a few examples. If you don’t have time to make your own in advance, you have the pictures here to show them off.

Create a yellow pineapple

Take a flat, square brush at least ½ inch in size, paint yellow from top to knuckle, making sure to brush off any excess paint.

Color palette for fingerprint art

If it is thick paint, it will not show any print. It needs to be smooth and thin, but not see-through or it won’t be enough.

Step 1-2

Step 2-1

If you see someone having trouble with the print not transferring to the paper, they are painting it too thin.

Too thick and the print will blur, but it’s better than no print at all.

They need to start at the bottom of the pineapple so that as they make more prints, they don’t smudge the ones they’ve already put down. And I suggest they work in whatever direction they use.

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A right-handed person will start from the left and work through..etc

Then make sure that before they start stamping, they leave room for the green top on the fruit that they will paint last.

Create the first row.

Step 2-2

It’s a good idea to leave a little space between prints, but some people like to place them right next to the next print and the only difference is that it takes more prints and time to complete.

The best way to make the pineapple look symmetrical is to create an odd number of stamps on each row and make the top and bottom rows smaller so it has a more rounded shape.

Step 3-1

Then move on to the next part…

Step 3-2

… and continue…

Step 4-1

…until it’s done.

Step 4-2

When they get to the top row, they can continue painting the top part green.

Step 5

I used dark blue in a medium sized brush as my color and then added a thin highlight on a few of them using a lighter blue.

Or they can choose to add the next layer of orange or coral, which you paint half the size of the yellow, painting just the bottom half of the thumb.

Step 6

Make a marble pineapple

Instead of painting the thumb like yellow paint, this is more effective than dipping it in paint. You will need a large enough space to do that on the disk.

Take the brush and dip it into each color you want to use. Dip one at a time, putting all the paint in one spot, but don’t mix it completely.

Step 1-3

I used yellow, coral and teal.

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Step 1-4

You want some areas of paint to blend naturally and they will blend as you work, but don’t mix the paint up.

Let it happen naturally.

Then, dip your thumb in the paint and press it onto the paper in the same way as the yellow paste.

Step 2-3

These will have more edges on each stamp because you are not removing the excess. They still come out really cute.

Step 3-3

You will have to change the paint along the way and if it goes too deep, the print won’t come out, so just do a little at a time and then add more.

Step 4-3

For the green part, I dipped my brush in the mixture and painted as it appeared on the brush. So it’s green as a mixed color, along with some flecks of teal.

Step 7

For the rest of the lesson, let them choose what they want to do.

Simple pineapple finger print art

All the pineapples will turn out great.

DIY pineapple fingerprint art

Children come up with great ideas.

DIY finger print art for kids

Imagination has no limits.

Easy fingerprint art for kids

You can do all kinds of amazing things with your fingers and hands used as paintbrushes.

Fingerprint art for children

Layering different colors or using a normal brush to add detail also looks great.

Easy Pineapple Fingerprint Art

We like how this turned out.

Pineapple fingerprint painting for children

Create pineapple fingerprints

Create as many as you like.

Pineapple finger print art for

It will look great in a variety of colors.

Pineapple Print Art

There is no need to stick with “natural” things.

Simple Pineapple Fingerprint Art

Enjoy creativity!

Pineapple Fingerprint Art for Kids

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