After a bit of research, I found out that hand prints were used years ago (around 30,000) on cave walls. Cave painting was a way of communicating, decorating and simply recording things. Hand prints were the earliest signs of humans on the walls, and it would be created by placing the hand on the wall then blowing pigment over it to uncover a negative print on the wall.
I tried to create a similar piece. I was focussing on the process as opposed to the image, so I used a relatively small canvas and tried to blow paint over my hand. I found out it was a lot more difficult than I envisioned. I struggled to get the right consistency of the acrylic paint; too thick and it didn’t spread easily around my hand, too thin and would run too much under my hand and over other parts of the canvas.
Although the finished product doesn’t look particularly impressive, I am quite happy with it because I feel like I learnt in the process. It was fun to experiment with a new way to use paint (I blew the paint through a straw). I also found a few problems that I didn’t plan for, such as I didn’t consider the paint travelling under my palm where my hand doesn’t touch the canvas, I also didn’t put much thought into the consistency. So whilst making this piece, I enjoyed trying to overcome these little issues.