This summer, the Lloyd is showcasing books on anatomy and medicine. Anatomical and medical art can be beautiful, but we're going to start with something simple and fun for you!
Your bones help you stay upright, help you get a firm grip, run, play, swim, and all sorts of things. But, your skin is just as interesting, especially some of the wrinkles and bumps and textures it has. Nothing is more unique than the fingerprint - each person has their own individual pattern. And, you can translate that into something artistic.
Thumbprint Art - we're going to explore a couple of things you can do with your thumbprint. From turning it into art itself, to using it to make art.
Making Art from your Thumbprint
You can make anything from a smiley face to a foot-long caterpillar using just your thumb, an ink pad, and a pen or marker.
- Stamp pad - in several colors if you have them.
- A clean thumb or finger or all ten of your digits!
- Copy or printer paper
- Markers, pens, crayons, or whatever you want
- Ink your finger or thumb
- Press firmly onto the paper (once or many times - think about what you'd like the finished art to look like)
- Use your markers, crayons, or whatever you're using to fill in details - a face, wheels, legs, eyes...
- Now, go put it on the refrigerator with a magnet!
Turn your Thumbprint into ART - Now that you've made your thumb or fingerprint on paper, you can really examine it. If you have a scanner, you can scan it and blow it up. Or, if you have a magnifying glass, you can use that to really get a close up look at the lines and swirl patterns that make up your unique fingerprint. You can do this project on paper, or if you get really ambitious, use sidewalk chalk and take this project outdoors!
- Pencil, pen, chalk, or marker - preferably black
- Colored pencils, markers, chalk
- Magnifying lens (or a scanned and enlarged image of your thumb print)
- Examine your fingerprint
- Using dark ink or chalk, draw a rough oval that mimcs the outline of your fingerprint - you can make this as large as you want.
- Now, draw lines inside your oval that approximate the large lines of your fingerprint. (see example at right)
- Fill in the different sections of your drawing with a variety of colors.
- You have made your own unique abstract art based on your own fingerprint! This one will be suitable for framing, or if you did it large in chalk, take a picture. Feel free to post it on the Lloyd Facebook page! We'd LOVE to see what you did.
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