Two Thumbs Up for Thumbprint Art

In these troubled times, we’re all looking for cheap entertainment options. Evolutionary biology has granted most of us humans with the perfect inexpensive distraction: our thumbs. That’s right; you too can amuse yourself at no cost by creating art with your thumbs!

I spent the recession of the early ’80s learning to draw all sorts of critters and objects using just my thumbprints and a few scribbles, dots, and lines. Now seems like the optimal time to resurrect this talent.

All you need to get started is an inkpad and a thin marker…and a thumb, of course. A pinky and an index finger wouldn’t hurt either, in case you want to get fancy.

Your artwork can be large…

…or small…

…and if you get really good, your can create a masterpiece…

Need some ideas to get started? Try Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book available on Amazon. You may also be interested in Thumb Christmas …perfect as a belated holiday gift…and Draw Thumb Animals.


Don’t look at the dogs, work the lock! You looked at the dogs!

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  1. Ed Emberely is awesome. Used to get his books from the library.

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