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Featured in 'Short Stories' on the Etsy blog! https://blog.etsy.com/en/2012/short-stories-thumbprint-portrait/

Thumbprint portraits use your own thumbprint to create a modern, colorful work of art that is absolutely uniquely you. This custom work is especially for the avid reader and the resulting artwork will be a truly one-of-a-kind portrait that captures you, through the things you've read and loved, been transported and transformed by. It will be created using your own thumbprint pattern and the titles and covers of your top fifty to sixty favorite books.

A testimonial from a recent client: "Cheryl was an absolute pleasure to work with. She gave quick responses to my questions and made me a true part of the creation of my thumbprint. She truly went above and beyond! The piece itself is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks to her advice, I was able to mat and frame it myself to save money. I cannot recommend this highly enough. The thumbprint is truly my most treasured possession!"

This listing is for the large (approximately 24" x 36") booklover thumbprint portrait. If you are interested in a smaller size, please see my other listings for the new 18" x 24" size.

When you purchase a booklover's thumbprint portrait:

1) I will mail an ink pad and cards to you to use for inking your thumbprints, along with a stamped addressed envelope for you to mail the inked thumbprints to me.

2) I will scan and enlarge your thumbprint.

3) In the meantime, you compile a list of the titles of your 50-60 favorite books and send it to me when you have it ready.

4) Once I have your list, I will gather together as many images as I can of the appropriate book covers, then crop out and size the strips of text, color and imagery from the images that I'll then use in the making of your portrait. I use your enlarged thumbprint as my template and create the portrait on engineering vellum, a beautiful translucent paper with a smooth, plastic feel.

5) When finished, I will trim around the piece to the thumbprint's shape, cut a piece of white mat board to the same shape and send it to you mounted. All you need to do is choose a frame and mount the piece onto a mat board cut to the size of your frame! The large size can be framed in a standard 27" x 40" or 30" x 40" frame if you like, eliminating the expense of custom framing.

The whole process generally takes no more than 2-3 weeks from the time I receive the inked prints and list from you.

My thumbprint portraits have been featured on a number of blogs, including PureWow (http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/books/8804/Turn-your-favorite-books-into-art.htm), UPPERCASE Magazine's, Plywerk's, The Library as Incubator Project, the New York Daily News books blog Page Views (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/pageviews/2013/01/cheryl-sorg-will-take-your-book-thumbprint-california-artist-employs-covers-to-stu), among others - google me!, as well as - most recently - in Leselykke Magazine in Norway (http://www.joomag.com/magazine/leselykkemagasinet-3-2013/0808367001370042773).

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I'm sorry, but I am no longer able to offer international shipping on the large thumbprint portraits. Please see my other listings for the half-size (18" x 24") version if you are an international customer. Thank you!

Large Modern Custom Portrait for the Book Lover / Avid Reader - Using Your Own Unique Thumbprint Pattern and Your Favorite Book Titles



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, adhesive, engineering vellum, mat board
  • Made to order
  • Only ships within United States.
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