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Freehand Scenery to Art Board

On a flat, level surface, use colored markers to sketch freehanded scenery to canvas art board.

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Try Trees

While many different types of scenery work well (such as cityscapes, front yards of houses and even campfires), large, graphic trees are often the easiest to draw, and they offer guests the chance to get creative using their fingerprints as leaves and/or birds. TIP: To keep the overall look of the sign-in from becoming too busy, stick with a neutral-colored marker such as black, dark brown, gray or navy blue.

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Create a Color Scheme

The color for the scenery will come from guests’ fingerprints, and therefore it’s important to limit the ink pads to no more than three colors. Otherwise, the finished look may end up unbalanced and messy. An excellent combination to stick with is one dark color, one bright color and one medium-to-dark neutral. In addition to ink pads, also supply guests with colored pens placed inside vessels. They’ll use the pens to write their names. NOTE: While the leaves and/or birds created by the fingerprints play a big part in the color scheme of the art piece, signatures are much smaller, and therefore a wider range of colors can be used.

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Set Up Sign-In

Place sketched art canvas on a flat, level surface alongside open ink pads, inviting friends to instantly make their mark on the drawing. Include some moist hand wipes so guests can clean the ink off their fingers.

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Add Fingerprints

Encourage guests to randomly leave their fingerprints on different areas of the sketch. If all guests place their fingerprints within the same area of the art board, the overall look may come across as uneven and unfinished.

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Sign Name

When each guest has left an impression of their fingerprint on the art piece, have them sign their name directly next to their print using colored pens. At the end of the event, place complete art piece into frame and hang.