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.
I saw some of these images online, and thought I would try one. They look so cool. These things are supposed to be relaxing. I was frustrated and stressed by the end of it. If I had made it coaster sized and not 9 x 12-ish or if I had worked on over several days, maybe then it would have been relaxing. But this caused me tension. It just seemed to go on and on. Now I love the look. And next time, I will break the process down into pieces. You can find some cool pieces doing a Zentangle search on Google images. Here is a Zentangle web site.
I love this stage of drawing that children go though. Kids art is so unpretentious and endearing. I drew a potato person on the page and added some swirls. My potato person did not come out as well as a genuine kid version.
One of my favorite pages. I wrote the names of people and animals that have been in my life the last few years with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen. Then I washed watercolor over the page. I doodled the heart with wings and page border. I painted thinned red Folk Art metallic paint over the heart and polka dotted it over the page. I used thinned white paint for the wings and right page edge.
I doodled with crayons then washed over the page with black watercolor paints. This was a fun play page. I love watercolor resist. Wonder and magic do exist in the world, if you look through the right lenses. I finished off the page with some bright white doodles using a Bic Wite-Out Correction Pen.