Frequently Asked Questions

What sources did we use to create these footprint images?
There are a number of different sources for most of the living animal tracks, and the renditions in these sources (photographs and drawings) are understandably quite similar, but not identical. Our renditions typically capture elements from each source.

For example, consider the Grizzly Bear. Most sources show the heel pad on the front foot, but some report that it does not always mark. We chose to show it marking. Many animals use a number of different gaits depending on the speed the animals are moving and the terrain, just like it is with humans. We have chosen the gait that gives the clearest images. Some animals register (put the back foot in the mark left by the front foot) all of the time, others register some of the time, and some animals never register.

If the front and rear prints are different, we show them not registered so both outlines are clear. Our original sources include photographs of the tracks of living animals and of fossilized dinosaur tracks; drawing and sketches of tracks; and sometimes photographs of the living animals themselves. Some references are published books on tracking, and others are websites with photos and / or descriptions of animals and their tracks.

If you have another animal whose tracks you would like to see, let us know. The chances are good that our resources and our experience finding the tracks of our current animals means we have a high probability of finding the footprints you want.
Are the vinyl sticker-ons available in different colors?
Yes, other colors are available. Black on a white background is the standard, but we can use just about any other color you might want. We use 6-color digital equipment with UV resistant, non-fading, weather-resistant inks, so almost anything could be possible. Contact us if you need something different.
Why did we select these particular animals?
We chose animals with interesting or unusual footprints. We also chose footprints that would be large enough to reproduce well when using paint and a stencil, even on a moderately rough surface. If you are interested in another animal, such as a school or team mascot, let us know. Custom projects are always welcome.
Why did we select these materials?
Durability. The vinyl stick-on materials have been used for many years in industrial, commercial, and retail operations, inside and out. No doubt you have walked on the stick-on materials in a local store promoting some product. We simply applied this proven material to our artwork.

The stencil material is PET (polyethylene terephthalate) film, which is ideal. It is strong, light, easy to handle, lays out flat every time, and is easy to clean and reuse. Paper stencils don’t last. We want you to be able to make as many prints and trackways as you need without worrying about the stencils degrading. By using a cleanable and reusable material, you only need one stencil per animal. You apply the right footprint, clean the stencil, turn it over, and it is ready to make the left footprint.
Why do we offer life-size stencils and stick-ons for small animals, but smaller than life-size stick-ons for the larger animals?
Cost. With stick-ons you must use multiple pieces to build a trackway. With stencils, you can make as many prints as you like from one stencil, so the cost to decorate an area becomes much less. Suppose you wanted to put down a T. Rex trackway. The T. Rex print is so large (34 inches long and 34 inches wide) that a single life-size vinyl stick-on footprint would sell for nearly $350. The same size stencil sells for $76, and you can make as many prints from it as you choose.

We can make other sizes of any print very easily. Please contact us if another size is of interest.