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**PLEASE NOTE** At the beginning of May, I'll be taking an extended vacation from my Etsy business to focus on a few other things. Please get in touch before then if you're interested in working on a custom piece. Thanks so much!

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Thumbprint portraits use your own thumbprint to create a large (three feet high!) work of art that is absolutely uniquely you. I will ink your thumbprint and recreate its unique patterns using snippets of text provided by you. This could include passages & titles from much-loved books, poetry, quotes, proverbs, horoscopes, recipes, you name it! The result is a truly one-of-a-kind portrait that captures you, not through what you look like, but through the things that feed and inspire you. It makes a wonderful gift for a booklover, writer or wordsmith!

This listing is for the large (approximately 24" x 36") 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 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 your text (word count varies - usually somewhere around 2,000) and send it to me when you have it ready.

4) Once I have your list, I will format your text to 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 (, UPPERCASE Magazine's, Plywerk's, The Library as Incubator Project, the New York Daily News books blog Page Views (, among others - google me!, as well as - most recently - in Leselykke Magazine in Norway (

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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 B&W Custom Text Thumbprint Portraits - for the Booklover, Reader, Writer, Author, Wordsmith


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, adhesive, engineering vellum, mat board
  • Only ships to United States from California, United States.
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