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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!), modern, colorful work of art that will be absolutely YOU. I will use your own thumbprint and recreate its unique patterns using snippets of imagery, text and color from your favorite things (you’ll provide a list and I’ll pore through the library, google image search, pinterest, etc. to gather pictures). Your favorites could include much-loved books, music, films, poetry, quotes, places traveled and lived, recipes and much more. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind portrait that captures your personality and passions. It makes a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one.

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. Picture #5 shows the two sizes next to one another and also gives an idea of what the large one will look like once you frame it.)

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 a list of all your favorite things - anything and everything! - 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, movie posters, album covers, maps, etc. etc., 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 (, 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 (

Let's collaborate!

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!

Let’s collaborate!

Large Modern Custom Portrait Using Your Own Unique Thumbprint Pattern and all your Interests, Faves and Passions


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, adhesive, engineering vellum, mat board
  • Made to order
  • Feedback: 31 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from California, United States.