The normal way to make a handprint is by covering the palm
of your hand with water-soluble printer's ink and then putting
your hand carefully down on to a sheet of good quality paper.
The problem with this method is that your handprint comes
out back to front.
Philena prefers the method shown below, as it enables the
hand to come out the right way round. The description below
helps you to make a print by this method; it also produces
a good quality print when made with care.
Charcoal or very soft pencil; newspaper torn into approximatley
8" squares; sheets of white paper; transparent sticky paper,
matt, (which is used for covering books). Cut this into rectangles
a little larger than the size of your hand; a spoon, and another
You can buy charcoal in a good art shop. It looks a bit like a
crayon. It is not the type of charcoal on which you burn incense.
Rub the charcoal or soft pencil over 2 or 3 pieces of
newspaper. Transfer the charcoal from the newspaper to the palm
of your hand by rubbing. Ask the other person to peel the back off
a piece of matt sticky paper and to put the sticky paper on to the
palm of your hand. Make certain that the middle of it sticks to
the middle of your palm first, then stick the rest of it to your
palm and fingers with care, ensuring that there are no air bubbles.
Press firmly down on to your hand and fingers; then ask the other
person to peel it off your hand and stick it very carefully, middle
first, on to a sheet of white paper, so that there aren't any wrinkles.
Smooth over the handprint with the back of a spoon.
(This method can be rather difficult at first, as well as very
messy, and you may need to try it a few times before you get a good
print. Matt sticky paper is thicker than glossy sticky paper and
so is easier to manage.)
Please Note: When sending handprints,
mark carefully which is your right hand and which is your left hand.
State whether you are right handed or left handed and write down
your name, your date of birth and the date on which the print was taken.