Fingerprint Doodles

Fingerprint Doodles Ink Ed Emberley

I wanted to do a page like this. I love the idea of turning fingerprints into “things.” I’ve only seen the cover, but I know Ed Emberley has a whole book about doing this. I painted a watercolor background first, then randomly made fingerprints all over the page using Staz-On ink. A recommendation to anyone wanting to try this: think about the color ink you want to use for the fingerprints. I didn’t. I would have used a light color ink. Because I used black ink I had to keep switching pens while drawing black to white and white to black. It worked out okay. Switching pens was a minor inconvenience. I also thought a few of the drawings looked a little strange because of the white pen work on the fingerprint (check out those people faces–scary). Maybe a different colored ink would/fingerprint would have worked out better.

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2 responses to “Fingerprint Doodles

  1. Lauren

    I really love the playfulness of this page. I think that the black and white fingerprints work well.

  2. Cindi

    Came to look at your zentangle journal page from the twopeas stamping board and found this! I definitely have to come back to see more of your blog! I’ve been wanting to start a journal, but was a little intimidated. This looks like so much fun! A great place just to try out stuff! Love the fingerprint doodles. I think the black and white was a good choice. Fingerprints are always black! But … now that you mentioned it, it might be fun to make bright colored fingerprints and see what they turn in to! I think I’m also taking your suggestion about how zentangles travel well. I think I will take them on the plane with me in a few weeks. I was going to cut some watercolor squares, but a binder like yours might be even better! Thanks for the inspiration!

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