Fingerprint Art

Who knew such messy hands could create such adorable art. Grab some markers and let’s make some fingerprint art!


  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Fingers
  • Other options: Don’t have markers? Use paint or an ink pad instead!


Use your markers to color your fingers. If markers aren’t available to you, paint or an ink pad will also work. Prep your paint on your palette. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors outside of red and white. 


Press your fingerprints onto your paper. You can use a single fingerprint or multiple to create all sorts of creatures. For multi-print critters, simply place multiple fingerprints side-by-side or overlap them.

Using different fingers can also help you make different sized or shaped creatures or body parts. For example, if you’re trying to make a dog and her puppies, using your thumb for the mother and your pinky for the puppies will help show that the puppies are smaller.

Another technique to experiment with is making multiple fingerprints, one after the other, without applying a fresh coat of marker in-between. As you continue to add more fingerprints, they will become more faded.


Use a pen or marker to add line-work on or around your fingerprints. These lines can help you create all sorts of wildlife, people, funny facial expressions, accessories, and more. Adding lines around your fingerprints can also help you create the illusion of movement, like a fish swimming or an insect flying.

Music Credit:

Music from incompetech.com

“Funkorama” by Kevin MacLeod 

License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)