Monday, May 13, 2013

How to Paint Fingerprint Stones: No Drawing Skills Required

I came across a fingerprint drawing book and wondered if the clever technique would work with rocks and acrylic paint.

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To my delight, the project was very easy and the results made me smile. 

Although you don't see the loops and whorls of a fingerprint, the simply-painted stones are quite charming. This would certainly be a fun, easy project for children.

Supplies you'll need:
  • flat stones
  • your finger (or thumb)
  • paintbrush
  • acrylic paint
  • paint pen or marker
  • sealer (optional)

Fingerprint Stone Painting Process
  • Paint one of your fingers or thumb
  • Press your finger onto the stone
  • Let the paint dry
  • Add some dots and lines
  • Seal the stone to protect it (optional)



Tips
  • It's better to use light-colored stones
  • Bright, saturated paint colors show up better
  • Paint your finger or thumb, don't dip it into a puddle of paint. (You don't want a glob of paint on the rock.)
  • Practice on paper first to test the amount of paint required for good coverage 
  • Apply more paint before each finger press onto the stone
  • If using more than one color, allow the first color to dry first 
  • Use a small brush and touch up (by dabbing) any areas where the fingerprint is light or uneven
  • I like to use acrylic-paint-filled pens, however, magic markers could work
  • Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book is a wonderful resource for fingerprint and thumbprint ideas for critters, people, and more
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No two fingerprints are alike and no two fingerprint-painted stones will look alike - prints will be dark or light, lines will be thick or thin, colors will vary.

Fingerprint painted stones are great personalized gifts to both give and receive. 


© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

2 comments:

  1. These are too cute. My daughter made a spider yesterday. I would love for you to see it. Not sure how to send you a picture.

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    1. Brenda, if that's you on Pinterest. I saw your daughter's spider and left a comment.

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