finger painting

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The application of colours to a surface with the fingertips, this is now particularly encouraged in young children's art classes with the aid of specially developed finger paints. Chinese artists of various periods have also practised finger painting. Traces of the manipulation of the surface of the paint are also found in the works of a number of distinguished artists through the ages: for example, Nicolas Poussin's fingerprints are clearly visible in the paint surface of his masterpiece of c.1638–40 A Dance to the Music of Time (Wallace Collection, London).

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