highlighter, charcoal pencil
“I wanted to try recreating the CMYK printing process with my thumbPRINTS (ha, get it?), so I used highlighters in layers to create a self portrait. Using just my thumbprint, it was interesting that I had both more and less control over where the ink went.
For the charcoal one, it was an attempt at a subtractive fingerprint piece. I used my fingers to pull up the charcoal pencil, and had to rinse my fingers with water to keep a clean surface. My fingers didn’t work as well as I had thought, so I used a kneaded eraser to pull more charcoal pencil up. It was moderately successful and could possibly work with a different type of medium. I think it looks like a fat hummingbird among the stars, but it’s open to interpretation.
The last one was another attempt at a printing process using highlighter and marker, but I used my palm more like a stamp pad where I drew and transferred shapes. The image is the Philadelphia hockey mascot, Gritty. It was really difficult using only my palms and I realized I used it like a transfer stamp because I really like having control over everything. Thanks for this art dare! It was a lot of fun to do.”