All kids have used their hands to create art. Whether you’re coloring with crayons, painting with a paintbrush or molding clay, your hands are usually an important tool in the creation of any type of art.

You may have even used your fingerprint or hand print to create a work of art in the past. But did you know that you can turn your hands into art? It’s true!

Hand art is a new and exciting art form that is like a combination of face painting and body painting. By painting your hands, you can create lifelike 3D works of priceless art that amaze and astound!

Probably the most famous hand artist is Guido Daniele from Milan, Italy. Although he majored in sculpture at Brera School of Arts, he began using a body painting technique to create unique hand paintings in 1990.

Since that time, his works of hand art have become more and more daring. When people first see his hand art, they can’t believe how simple hands can be turned into such realistic works of art.

Check out Guido Daniele’s online gallery of animals he has created with hand art. We challenge you to scroll through his whole collection. Can you find the following animals in his gallery?

  • Alpaca
  • Chameleon
  • Clown Fish
  • Crocodile
  • Elk
  • Flamingo
  • Hound Dog
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Owl
  • Python

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    • WOHOO, we think it’s SUPER cool that you’ve discovered something new and crafty at Wonderopolis!! It’s amazing when you can read about something you’ve never experienced and perhaps you’ll discover a hidden talent, too! Check out our past Wonder about finding things that you’re great at doing!!

      Wonder #684– Are You Talented? :)

  1. Hi wonderopolis. I really liked this video. I thought it was really neat. I think tommorow’s wonder is going to be about picture books. Keep up the wondering. :)

    • YIPPEE! We are go glad to hear that you were WONDERing with us today, Juliana.b123!! We Wonder if you have any artsy talents to share with us?

      Thanks for sharing your comment and guess with us– we hope you have a WONDERful weekend!! :)

  2. Saturday morning and already the MC students are up and reading Wonderopolis. I am so excited as I read the Wonder of the Day® to see there are already MC comments. I am not very crafty but I did learn some new ideas today. I am super excited and will keep checking back all weekend.

    • WOHOO, we are sharing your excitement to see all the MC comments, too, Mrs. Caplin!! We bet what you lack in craftiness you make up for in leadership, encouragement, smiles and energy! How lucky for your students to be a part of your AWESOME and WONDERful classroom! We can’t wait to see what your new ideas from today’s Wonder produce– we hope you have a SUPER weekend!! :)

    • Alright, Pickle Boy– we love your comment about today’s Wonder!! Thanks for getting crafty and finding the artist within yourself– we can’t wait to hear about what you’ve created on your own! Have an AWESOME and WONDER-filled day!! :)

  3. Today’s wonder of the day® is really cool, because you are being very crafty when it comes to this type of art. My favorite was the peacock. :)

    • We think it’s AWESOME that you enjoyed today’s handy Wonder, Siddman! There are so many ways to be crafty if you use your imagination– and think with your hands, too! :) We are having trouble picking a favorite– they were all so unique and AWESOME! :)

    • Alright!! You’ve learned something new already, Hockey2399!! Who knows what kind of cool discoveries you will find here at Wonderopolis! The possibilities are endless and we are oh-so-happy to have you here, WONDERing with us today!! :)

  4. Hi! I’m in Mrs. Caplin’s class. The animals in the video were really neat. I also thought that Guido Daniele was a pretty cool artist!

    • WOHOO, Mookie the cat, you’ve got us jumping for joy!! We think it’s SUPER that you enjoyed today’s crafty Wonder– we are curious to know if you have any artistic talents of your own? All those animals were amazing to see– it’s hard to believe they were really human hands! Thanks for continuing to Wonder on your own– we think you ROCK! :)

  5. I love to do art, I like to color, paint, ink, trace, decorate, and classify the ART. The art I like to do is 3D art, last time I did 3D art, it took 1 hour and 30 minutes. And it was a 3D art small car,and it took lots of time. :-( :-(

    • WOWZA, you are doing a great job of trying out all different types of art, Carlos! GOOD FOR YOU! We think it’s awesome to use your imagination and create beautiful works of art in different ways! 3D art sounds SUPER FUN– thanks for sharing you story with us! You are a very patient artist, Wonder Friend! :)

    • Not to worry about your incorrect guess, Tiauna! We think it’s a load of fun to WONDER with friends!! We are glad you liked watching the hand art video– we think it’s so cool to Wonder about the different designs you could create! We hope you have a SUPER day!! :)

  6. That was amazing! I would have never guessed you could do that with your hands! I think tomorrow’s will be about Egyptian hieroglyphics!

    • WOHOO! We’re so glad you enjoyed today’s handy Wonder– we think it’s a super cool way to express artistic talents! We love your comment today– we think you can create art even when it’s not on paper! Thanks for sharing your comment and your guess for tomorrow!! :)

  7. I love art. My favorite kind of art is painting with a paintbrush. I bet you guys must love art also. :-) This wonder is interesting and rocks. :lol: :D

    • YOWZA, Julie, you have certainly brought out the artist in all of us here at Wonderopolis! Your interest and passion for painting is AWESOME and we are super happy you shared that with us! We appreciate art of all kinds– especially when it’s painted on a hand! Thanks for WONDERing with us today, our artistic Wonder Friend! :)

  8. Guess I am going to have to find out all of my students wonder names on Tuesday! So excited to see all of the MC comments rolling in over the weekend. Hockey2399 remember we learned at Wonderopolis you can’t always judge the book by it’s cover or title!

    • We think you’ve got some SUPER creative students, Mrs. Caplin! We have loved spending our weekend WONDERing with all of them– and discovering fun facts, talents and interests they’ve developed, too! Great lessons are learned here at Wonderopolis– with great Wonder Friends, of course!! :)

  9. I think the video was amazing. I liked the flamingo hand best. I was WONDERing who had thought of the idea to make hand art? My sister is very fond of art. She writes and draws pictures all the time. Please answer my question.

    • Hey there Ayush, we bet you were doing some WONDERing of your own after watching that cool hand art video today! We think that is super AWESOME and we bet you can find some more information about the origin of hand art with a bit of research! It may be difficult to pinpoint the original creator of hand art, but there are some really cool artists and their websites included in today’s Wonder! We bet you and your sister could do some WONDERing together, too! Thanks for posting a comment today– have a great day!! :)

    • We like your artistic style, Jocelyn! Thanks for sharing your WONDERful comment with us today! We can’t wait to see you soon, Wonder Friend! :)

  10. C O O L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could keep doing exclamation marks all day!!!!!

    • WOHOO, we LOVE your enthusiasm, Bryce N! We are lucky enough to have found a great video all about hand-art! We hope you have a SUPER time checking out all the different types of creations, and reading about hand art, too! :)

    • HOORAY, we’re thrilled to hear that this artistic Wonder was right up your alley, Kenzie! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Great question, Reanna! We Wonder if you remember finger painting when you were little? You probably used your hands a lot as a little kid, because that’s how we learn. First we learn how to eat with our hands, then we try eating with utensils! It takes some time to get the hang of it, but kids can catch on quickly. The same is true for finger painting– holding a brush can be tough when you’re little. So instead, kids use their hands! We think it’s still lots of fun to paint with our hands once in a while! :)

  11. Hi wonderopolis!!! Loved this wonder! So awesome, and I loved this video! My favorite hand was probably the flimango or the peacock hand. They were awesome! The other hands were quite impressive like the runner one. Thanks!!!

    • Thanks for sharing your comments, Wonder Friend Madison! Isn’t it cool to check out the different ways that art can help us grow our imaginations? We are glad you told us about your favorite parts from our Wonder video! Thank you for visiting us! :)

    • We did some extra WONDERing and found that blue is the favorite color worldwide, according to an international survey conducted by Dulux® paint in 2013! Is blue your favorite color, Gracie? :)

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Have you ever wondered…

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  • Who is the most famous hand artist?
  • Can you create your own hand art?

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Try It Out

Ready to try your hand…sorry, we couldn’t resist…at some hand art? Depending upon how much you like art and how skilled you are, you might want to try one or two of these simpler projects that use hand prints or thumbprints to create art:

If you’re up for a challenge, though, watch these instructional videos and try to create your own unique works of hand art:

When you’re finished with your art projects, share them with your Wonder Friends. Post pictures of your hand art projects on Facebook. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Still Wondering

Trace the outline of your hand on a piece of paper. Remove your hand. Now what can you do with the shape that’s left? Check out ArtsEdge’s Hand Art lesson to learn how to use the outline of your hand to draw something entirely new!

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