Painting with Nana Print Recipe Print Recipe


Over the past few months, our hospice nurses have encouraged us to use this time with our mom to make memories. One of the ideas was to prop Mason up on Nana’s bed and have them do finger painting together. We all fell in love with this idea immediately.

I want Mason to have these memories with his Nana, whether he remembers them or not, he’ll at least have the evidence in the photos and up on the wall. We now have a nice little collection of their art, which I’d love to hang in the kids future playroom or maybe just around the house so everyone can enjoy them.



My mom, Linda Baker use to be the President of Art with Heart, a non-profit dedicated to support the emotional well-being of children that have been affected through hardship by using creativity and therapeutic books to help heal.

There’s something so beautiful and also magical about creating art. There’s no rules, boundaries or expectations. To watch the two of them get paint in between their fingers as they smeared it over the canvas, they couldn’t help but smile. Then mace would gather paint in his hands and clap until paint went everywhere causing us all to laugh.

This was a healing for all of us.

Mason also loved sharing the paint with his Nana. He’d transfer some off the canvas and then try and wipe it into the palm of my mom’s hands. He was very focused as you can tell in the first photo and the one right below here.

She loved every minute of it.



I had bought more canvases just a few days before my mom’s health took a turn. I was devastated at the thought they couldn’t do another finger painting. A few days later she came back to us with a whole new energy and awareness. She was getting emotional about Mason so I asked if she was up for another art project. Her face lite up and said that would be wonderful. The photo above is from their time together this past weekend.



I highly recommend this activity to those who may be losing a loved one or doing this before there’s even the thought of loss.

Here’s what you’ll need and what to do –


  • 2 large bedsheets – 1 that you don’t mind cutting a hole out of
  • Selection of washable finger paints – we bought our at Michaels
  • Canvases – we did various sizes, also bought at Michaels

What to do:

If someone is in a hospital or any sort of bed, you’ll want to make sure they’re fully covered. We took an old but large bed sheet and fold it in half, lengthwise, then cut a small hole in the top. You can also fold over the top and cut a half circle so when you unfold, you’ll have a full circle. With the sheet still doubled up (extra protection), it’s easy to slip it over the person’s head. We then took another bed sheet and draped it over the rest of her body.

Depending on the age of the child, it’s usually best to just strip them down to their diaper or maybe a onsie.

I picked out just a few paint colors and put them directly on the canvas (one canvas at a time) and let them mix them together.

When finished, put the canvases in a safe place to dry. One person takes the kiddo straight to the bath and someone else cleans off the adult and remove the sheets that will go directly into the wash.

That’s it!



We also did my mom’s handprints, one for each kiddo. We’ll put mason’s and the new baby’s handprint next to their Nana’s. I’m so happy we have these beautiful pieces to hang on our walls.

Again, I highly recommend this.





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  • Ashley

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is just so beautiful. I love the idea and love that those photos and paintings will be forever on the wall. So much love to you lady.

  • Erica

    Oh these pics just makes me smile so big Lisa. What a little bug!! Love his smile and hers together … What a moment!

  • claire

    What an amazing and beautiful thing to do. I love it. Such a great way to create and perserve memories.

  • azestybite

    I love this idea and it’s something that each kid can cherish!

  • Rachel Cooks

    I just love, love, love this idea. So beautiful.

  • Ashley

    Amazing x100. Love!!!

  • Katie Unger

    oh heavens. I’m crying. this is the best thing ever.

  • Agustina

    Done! I’m making all the grandparents do this with my son (16 months) while we still can! This is the most beautiful memory to create. Thank you thank you for sharing 🙂 sending all my best!

  • Linda Dresselhaus

    This is an absolutely beautiful idea…so meaningful to all involved. Thank you for sharing it with us…xo

  • Lindsay @ the Live-In Kitchen

    This is so sweet. My dad has never been one for art or a mess so I don’t think this would work too well for us. I appreciate the inspiration to look for a way to help him connect with the kids though.

  • Stephanie @ longdistancebaking

    Absolutely love this idea! So sweet!

  • jessica

    What a beautiful moment of joy to share with your mom. I’m truly touched by your story. I pray for your mom. I pray God gives you tremendous strength during this difficult time, and throughout your 2nd pregnancy {congrats}.

  • Sheila Johnson

    Lisa this is such wonderful moment…great memories for Mason. Everytime he walks my the pictures he will be reminded of his amazing Nana!

  • Julie @ Table for Two

    What a beautiful thing to do. The memories will be cherished forever! <3 you xoxo

  • Cindra

    Beautiful Pictures!! I love the wonderful memories they will carry over for years to come!! I am a Nurse and will share that idea with my patients and families;)) God Bless You for sharing that idea. Know you sharing this with us on the internet will be carried on in California too!! Thank you;))

  • Winnie

    So amazing, Lisa. Sending love.

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  • Aqiyl Aniys

    I love it. The pictures had me grinning ear to ear. Beautiful.

  • Aggie

    I have tears, I want to tell you how absolutely beautiful this is to be able to do for mason and your mom. Such priceless memories. I am praying for you all…

  • Kelby

    This is a lovely post. Sending well wishes to you and your family!

  • JulieD

    So beautiful, Lisa. I’m in tears for you…I don’t even know what to say. All I know is that you are the epitome of your blog name. You have so much grace and are an example for so many. I’m glad you’re my friend and soon I hope, I can give you a big hug. xoxo