Friday, November 30, 2012

Making your own Printing Stamps

To make these little stamps I took some of the textures that I used in my post about rubbings and glued them to scraps of wood. They're a nice comfortable size for a child's hand.


1. Rippled paper from a gift box


2. The material that onion bags are made from


3. Rolls of liners for drawers


4. cloth doily


5. plastic doily


6. strip of plastic from packaging


7. I honestly don't know what this is. I picked it up in the sewing section of a craft store. Maybe someone can tell me. Anyway, it's plastic.


Printing ink was rolled onto the surfaces with a brayer. This would probably be another good way to make wrapping paper.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Make Christmas Wrapping Paper

This is a fun printmaking project for this time of the year. I drew the little hats on a sheet of Styrofoam making sure that I could feel the actual impressions made by my pencil. I cut the hats out and rolled printing ink onto the surface with a brayer. After I turned them over on my paper to print I used the back of a spoon to rub the Styrofoam making sure the image transferred. Some of the hats I printed twice before re-inking so that I got a lighter shade of red or a "ghost print".





Sheets of Styrofoam or scratch-foam, scissors, pencil, rubber brayer, roll of butcher block paper.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Printing Christmas Cards

I couldn't resist using printmaking to create some Christmas cards. These are at my Etsy shop and I will have them for sale at a Winter Festival that I am participating in on December 8. I'm also teaching the technique at three workshops at my local library on December 5. Will link to that a little closer to the event. Plus, of course, I'll be mailing them to friends and family.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sparkle Paints

Making and using your own homemade sparkle paints is almost a form of therapy. It is just so relaxing. I mixed equal parts white flour, salt and water in a large mixing bowl. I had eight plastic squeeze bottles that I filled with the mixture and then added a dollop of acrylic paint to each and shook. I cut out 8x10 rectangles of corrugated cardboard from I box that I picked up at the supermarket. I was ready for my group of eight pre-schoolers. They each started with their own color and I emphasized that they should just keep the bottles moving as they squeezed the paint out so that they didn't end up with a giant puddle. We wound up with some lovely results although they may take a few days to dry!


They are called sparkle paints because they glitter once they dry due to the salt. Since I had some leftover paint when I got home I couldn't resist making my own. Once the cardboard was covered with paint I gently moved a fork over the surface to give it that feathery look.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


I love to collect textures to make rubbings, but in the past I've always found it to be frustrating for young children. However, by chance I discovered two changes to my usual method that makes it infinitely easier for them. First of all, instead of using a lightweight paper I switched to tracing paper. This way, when they place a texture beneath the paper they are able to see exactly where they should rub. Secondly, I switched from crayons to very soft oil pastels, and as always, I recommend that they use they broad side of the pastel as opposed to the point. The oil pastels are richer and have more "pop" than a traditional crayon.