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Create a Fingerprint Self Portrait with Words

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Activity Overview

Create a work of art that you will want to frame and save forever because it exemplifies who you are in a unique and wonderful way. In this art project, you will need to think of lots of ways that you identify yourself, so give that some thought or jot down ideas before you get started. This is a great lesson in self reflection. Some ideas for describing yourself include: sports that you like to play, music that you like, personality traits, hobbies, friends, family, pets, favorite movies, and other topics that make you...you!

In this activity, you make a thumbprint of your thumb and upload it onto your computer, enlarge it, print it and use it for a background guide for your artwork. In this case, the artwork is not in the drawing but in the words that you use. There is actually no drawing even involved. The words that you use to describe yourself will be written in different colors and will move with the natural lines of your personal thumbprint.

Materials Needed

  • Paper
  • Ink Pad
  • A finger
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Colorful Markers
  • A window

How to Do It

  1. Use an ink pad to stamp your thumb onto a piece of paper.
  2. Scan the print or photograph and upload the print onto your computer.
  3. Enlarge the thumbprint so that it fits on a regular sized piece of printer paper.
  4. Print a copy of the thumbprint.
  5. Lay another sheet of printer paper over the top of the thumb print.
  6. Tape both layers to a window. at the height that you can write comfortably.
  7. Using each line of your thumbprint as a guide, freely and neatly print, in sentence fragment form, snippets of information that is all about you and that describes who you are and what things you like.

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