Friday, December 9, 2016

Collograph Flower

I made these collograph prints with very young children. The one pictured is my example. They started with a piece of craft foam and scissors. I explained that they should try cutting out different shapes: some small, some slightly bigger, and to try and use some straight cuts and some curved or wiggley cuts. They didn't need to worry about it looking like an object that could be recognized. One little girl did opt to cut out a flower and a little boy did a house. We used white glue to attach the craft foam to a piece of corrugated cardboard and we let out printing plates dry until the next class.

 

For printing we just used tempera paint and little foam rollers that can usually be purchased in the home improvement section of the Dollar Store. I encouraged them to print many images on one sheet of paper.

 

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9 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this lovely idea and all the information around.
    Kind greetings from the EU.

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  2. You are quite welcome. Thank you for commenting!

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  3. This is pure delight! Thanks for sharing, Vicki. I'll have to play with this, too. :)

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  4. This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Can you please tell me about what size piece of cardboard did you use for each child?

    Thanks so much ! Ann

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    1. Hi Ann,
      They were quite small. Maybe 5x7".

      Vicki

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  5. I am a novice and want to try this with my grandkids.
    Can I use acrylic paints as I do not have tempura paints

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  6. I am a novice and want to try this with my grandkids.
    Can I use acrylic paints as I do not have tempura paints

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  7. Yes, acrylics will work just fine.

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