finger painting


Definition of finger painting

: a technique of spreading pigment on paper chiefly with the fingers also : a picture so produced

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And with a little more finger painting and a spray of perfume by Chanel, González is off. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Watch Eiza González’s 8-Minute Wake-Up-and-Go Beauty Routine," 24 Dec. 2018 For instance, these missing-finger paintings show up even in warmer climates where people really shouldn’t be suffering from frostbite. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Humans May Have Practiced Ritual Finger Amputation," 5 Dec. 2018 The book is messy as hell: full of insipid platitudes, trite homilies, and self-regarding detours delivered with the assurance of a man who fully expects to see his childhood finger paintings in a museum someday. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 The child, who lived in a world with that name carefully written into her clothes, scrawled on the finger paintings still hanging on the refrigerator, paused, then leaped back. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 The family, along with their daughter Kensie, 4, and the rest of the cast, spent the day finger painting and opening presents at the party. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Thomas Ravenel Defends Ex Kathryn Dennis After His GF Ashley Says Their Kids 'Weren't Planned On'," 7 June 2018 What did finger painting or building blocks have to do with the questions that haunted me? Pamela Jane Bell, WSJ, "My Long Recovery From Kindergarten," 13 May 2018 Random works of a kindergartner’s finger painting are more pleasing to the eye. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors-Spurs: No relation to Houston, thank goodness," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of finger painting

1885, in the meaning defined above

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