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    • Amanda B.

      Fingerprint art (A second example)

    • Jainki *

      thumbprint self portrait. wish i had this art teacher

    • Kristin Graffeo

      Thumbprint Self-Portrait -- great art project add into one of the new mystery - science badges as a extra craft

    • jeanne hartrich

      Thumbprint Self-Portrait by Cheryl Trowbridge on January 24, 2012 in Calligraphy, Colored Pencil, Drawing, Lessons, Lettering, Markers / Pen and Ink, Micrography, Middle School Art, Portraits / Self-Portraits Here’s a great idea I found on Pin­ter­est.… You can see lots of inspir­ing exam­ples here and here.  I tried this les­son with my mid­dle school stu­dents and they really had fun with it!   For more detailed instruc­tions with pho­tos, tips, writ­ing prompts, a stu­dent gallery, and fas­ci­nat­ing fin­ger­print facts, check out my pdf on Teach­ers Pay Teachers! Mate­ri­als: Black stamp pad Copy paper  Black (F) and (UF) Sharpies Col­ored pencils Exam­ples of the 3 types of fin­ger­prints: loop, whorl, and arch. Direc­tions: 1. Col­lect a thumbprint from each stu­dent.  Iden­tify the 3 dif­fer­ent types: loop, whorl, and arch. This was more chal­leng­ing than I expected!  You need thumbprints that are clean and crisp… if they’re blurry at all, they only get worse when you enlarge them.  You’ll find that some thumbs just print more clearly than oth­ers, but keep try­ing and even­tu­ally you’ll get a thumb print from every­one that’s good enough to work with! (Another option for col­lect­ing fin­ger­prints is to rub a soft pen­cil on some paper, rub your fin­ger onto the pen­cil, and then press a piece of clear tape onto your fin­ger.  Lift the tape off care­fully and stick it onto a piece of white paper.  This works amaz­ingly well!  See more detailed direc­tions here.) 2. Next, you need to enlarge your thumbprints.   First, cut them out and write stu­dents’ names in pen­cil, then enlarge them one at a time.  Make the first enlarge­ment at 400%, then enlarge that one 250%, and you should end up with the desired result… a thumbprint roughly the size of your face! 3. You’ll notice that your thumbprint enlarge­ments will be very pix­e­lated.  So, take a (F) Sharpie and trace over the lines of your thumbprint to smooth the pix­e­lated lines as much as possible.   Don’t worry if some lines start and stop, or run into each other.  Just do your best to darken them and smooth them out. 4. Next, cen­ter a clean sheet of light­weight paper over the top of your thumbprint.   You may want to tape the two papers together to keep them from slid­ing around.  (Tip: Before tap­ing any­thing that you’ll want to remove later, first stick the tape onto your pants, then when you lift it off, the tiny fibers that are stuck to the tape will cause it to be less tacky and less likely to tear your paper when you remove it!)  If you have trou­ble see­ing through your paper to trace your thumbprint, tap­ing the paper to a win­dow or light box (if you have one!) will be a huge help. 5. Now, use your (UF) Sharpie and start writ­ing along your thumbprint lines!   Begin at the top and use the lines of your thumbprint as guide lines for your writ­ing.  You don’t need to retrace the lines onto your paper — you want your writ­ing to cre­ate the ‘illu­sion’ of lines in your draw­ing.  And don’t worry about fol­low­ing every line exactly — this won’t be used for I.D., you just want to get the gen­eral idea of the thumbprint!  So, start writ­ing a nar­ra­tive about your­self… how old you are, things you like and don’t like, your hopes and dreams for the future.… that kind of stuff!  If you feel more con­fi­dent writ­ing in pen­cil first, you can do that, but you’ll need to care­fully erase any pen­cil left show­ing after you trace with Sharpie! 6. Optional… use col­ored pen­cils to lightly add some designs in the back­ground before trac­ing over your writ­ing with Sharpie.  This will per­son­al­ize your self-portrait even more!

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