I made this Footprint Christmas Keepsake with my son the other day....it's a Penguin Santa. I bought the plate from Dollar Tree. I used black, red, and yellow Folk Art Enamel Paint and white acrylic paint (all I had). Start by making a black footprint on the plate and set aside to dry. Then, add on the details keeping in mind that the heel is the penguin's head. I used his fingerprints for the white parts of the Santa hat and the eyes. After it completely dried, I sprayed it with a protective sealant spray I bought from Wal-Mart (in the above picture). After using it, I wouldn't recommend this particular sealant spray (FolkArt) because it leaves a shiny, textured look and would have preferred it to be smooth. Next time, I will have to look at user reviews beforehand ....
*UPDATE* I was just reading a comment someone had left and it brought up a good point that I forgot to mention (Thank you Katie!). This plate is for display only and can not be eaten off of. I was told by a friend that the only way it can be eaten off of is by firing it in a kiln. I have made mugs in the past, but was careful not to put the paint in a spot where it will touch the lips while drinking. I also did not use the sealant on the mugs. Please see my previous post about painting with enamels. It includes a direct link to Michael's (where I bought mine) with a detailed description of the instructions found on the back of the paint.
I made a footprint lion plate awhile back and bought a little stand to hold the plate.... I removed this one for the time being so I could display this ADORABLE penguin plate. Click HERE to see the plate with the stand.
See also: Footprint Penguin with a cute song ~ can hang on the wall. too!
& the Mommy & Me Handprint Penguins we made last year (there's also fingerprint snowman).