Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fingerprint and thumbprint art

Yesterday afternoon Evan fell asleep on the couch for an afternoon nap. So Ethan and I took the time to delve into one of his birthday presents. He got a book called Ed Emberley's Complete FunPrint Drawing Book. 24 out of 25 Amazon reviewers gave it five stars! It's SO much fun! It's a whole book about how you can use your fingerprints and thumbprints to create characters and objects. For most of the characters, it shows you how to do this, step by step. We were able to make all sorts of creatures! We had a blast doing it. We mainly used a red stamp pad and a palette of chalks. But the book says that you can also paint watercolors onto your fingers and thumbs so I think I will try that next. I happen to have a palette of watercolors that I haven't even opened yet. Now I want to get more stamp pads in fun, bright, colors. The possibilities are endless and I thought it would be fun to make cards and other things using this concept! The author has several other drawing books out and I want them all! Here are some photos. The frog and other characters you see were made by me. I actually took a photograph of my piece of paper. I had planned on scanning Ethan's into the computer but my printer is acting up. As soon as I can resolve the issue I'll scan it. Otherwise I'll take a photograph of it tomorrow in the daylight. I highly recommend this book!!

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