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.

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)

  • 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


  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.

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