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)
- 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.