Archive for the ‘Printing’ Category

Screen Print

March 10, 2011


For this activity you will need:

*  one piece of plastic screening (if it’s not in your shed, you can get a piece at the hardware store)

* painters tape (masking tape)

* small roller

* Construction paper

* Paint

First have your child use pieces of the tape to create an image on a screen(s). Then place the screen on top of the paper, roll a contrasting color over the top of the screen. When your child picks up the screen they will see their image on the paper. Have your child continue to print with the same screen or remove the tape and start again. This activity was done with children ages four and five.


even MORE fun with shaving cream : Marbelizing

January 5, 2011

Create marbelized papers with this simple technique using shaving cream.

You will need:

Shaving cream, a paper plate or tray, a piece of cardboard, paint, brushes and paper (construction paper will work best, but cardstock will also work.)

First: Put a 1 inch layer of shaving cream on your paper plate or tray. Level the shaving cream with your cardboard. Children should gently paint designs on top of the shaving cream. Demonstrate “gentle” for your child. You don’t really want them digging in to the shaving cream.

Second: Gently swirl paint and gently press a piece of paper on to the design

Third: Lift off the paper. You will see shaving cream blobbed all over the paper. Adult should then scrape shaving cream off of the paper with the cardboard. Once the shaving cream is dry you can rub off remaining shaving cream with a towel.

Warning: Activity likely to devlove in to a shaving cream explosion

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LIGHT: Parchment Paper Luminaria #1

November 16, 2010

Leaf rubbings are a “ye old art project everyone has done at least once in their life.”  The reason this project has so much history is that everyone likes to do it. When you uncover the leaves, ti is like solving a mystery.

Let your child arrange the leaves as they wish. Hold them in place with a piece of clear contact paper. Put a piece of parchment paper over the leaves, and let your child uncover the images as they rub crayons over the parchment paper.

Wrap the finished project around $1.00 veladora from the Hispanic section in your grocery store. If you want, wrap a piece of clear contact paper around as well, this will help hold the wax in place.

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COLOR: Parchment paper transfer

November 15, 2010

Not only is parchment paper great for baking, it has so many uses for art projects. For this project, tape a piece of parchment paper to your table. You can also put it in a baking sheet and hold it down with magnets.

Then have your child spend time coloring in the entire sheet. The more crayon on the paper, the better this works.

Finally, turn the parchment paper over and place it face down on a piece of white paper. Have your child scribble over the back of the parchment paper with a craft stick. When they lift up the parchment they can see that the wax from the crayon transferred to the paper.

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COLOR: Parchment Paper Mono-Print

November 14, 2010

A mono-print is basically a printing technique that can only produce one print; no two prints are ever alike.

There are many processes for creating mono-prints. In this case we started with a piece of parchment paper taped to the table. A small amount of paint (about 2 tbsp) was smeared evenly across the paper. Then the children used Q-tips to draw in the paint (similar to using a stick to draw in the mud.) When their pictures were complete, we pressed a sheet of construction paper on to the paint to create our image. The paint was then re-smeared evenly to create a totally fresh canvass.

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Romare Bearden Part II

April 24, 2010

Glue Prints


Always focusing on the process over the product, Romare Bearden often experimented with new ways of creating. As soon as I saw a collagraph print he created by dripping glue onto cardboard, I knew I had a process for our art center participants to try.  See the beautiful results below.

 Begin the process by having your toddler squirt/drip tackky glue over a piece of cardboard. If your toddler is not strong enough to squeeze the bottle, squeeze it for them, but allow their arms to move the bottle. Tacky glue will work best, school glue may dry too flat to create a clear print.

After the Tacky glue dries, roll or brush paint over the surface of the cardboard. Then lightly press a piece of paper over the top. Slowly peel the paper away from the surface, and voila….a masterpiece. Complementary colors will work best (ex. black paper/white paint, yellow paper/purple paint.)

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Peeps and More

March 26, 2010

This week at the art center we:

  • Rolled and stamped blue saltdough and mashed it into plastic easter eggs
  • Stamped with Peeps using puffy paint made from equal parts shaving cream and glue
  • Enjoyed a Megasized “Marble” roll with plastic easter eggs
  • Swirled paint to marbelize water bottles

One little artist decided to mix media, first she used the leftover paint from the marble activity to print on her paper, then she stamped with peeps, finally she found a pair of scissors and cut pieces of paper to stick to her masterpiece. Providing open ended activities and remaining flexible with our expectations can allow little artists to grow as independent thinkers.

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