Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Print Art

Time for some art ideas!  These little messy things are made by a simple printing process.

  • First, use masking tape to tape the corners of a large sheet of waxed paper to your table. 
  • Next, spread printing ink (available at stores like Hobby Lobby or a craft store) evently with a brayer (also available at craft store).  Make sure it is thick, but not globby.
  • Then have your child scratch a picture onto the waxed paper with various tools to include paper clips, pencils, toothpicks, whatever you can think of.  Make sure you don't press too hard, or the ink will go through to your table.
  • Finally, gently press a piece of plain unlined paper on top of the ink, making sure to press all parts of the page as evenly as possible.

A few tips, the more you roll it out with the brayer, the drier the ink becomes, and the transfer process isn't as sharp.  The print ink is very thick and doesn't dry extremely fast, but you still need to work steadily and as quickly as possible without rushing.

I hope you enjoy doing this with your children!  Why don't you dig in with them to encourage and inspire them?


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