16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Printmaking is one of my very favorite processes to explore with children. Seeing how a texture or pattern repeats itself is full of magic, and a delightful process to witness and experience with kids. Here are 16 super easy, and very fun printmaking projects that are sure to inspire children (of all ages) to experiment with printing. Dip nuts and bolts into paint … [Read more...]

How to Set Up an Apple Printing Station

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Have you tried your hand at apple printing? I suppose it's a traditional Fall craft, but since apples find a way into our pantry year-round, I thought this was a fun project to share in these weeks leading up to Summer. You know, when you might need something fun to keep the kids entertained during the long summer days. Apple Prints are an old stand-bye that my children … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Print Like Ellsworth Kelly

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Today we're joined by illustrator and art educator Amanda E. Gross, who's here to share another fun episode of Explore Modern Artists!  In the spirit of modern artist, Ellsworth Kelly,  your child might enjoy exploring nature’s shapes to create a stencil and make a painting! Ellsworth Kelly (1923 -) is a master print-maker.  His plant drawings and screen-prints of … [Read more...]

Art Tips: Low-cost Stamps made from Cosmetic Wedges

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Have you ever made a stamp from a cosmetic wedge? A few weeks ago I shared this art tip about how you can salvage paper scraps that are left behind on the art table, and I invited you to let me know here and on Facebook if this was a series worth exploring. Enough of you said "yes," that I thought I'd launch this new series and give it a whirl. Today's art tip Upcycle … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Butterfly Prints

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When my 1 year old naps, my three and a half year old non-napper and I like to pull out some of our favorite messy materials that don't normally surface when baby hot-hands is awake. The other day N wanted to paint, and we ended up making butterfly rorschach paintings. BTW, every time I have to spell that word -- rorschach -- it stumps me! Anyone else? We called these butterfly … [Read more...]

Styrofoam Prints and Baby “Painting”

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Printmaking is one of my passions, so we invariably make a lot of prints in my house. I was about to recycle a styrofoam tray (I think it was from a pack of corn) when N asked if we could print with it. Why yes, we can! We've printed with these before (Abstract Recycled Prints) and the technique is the same except this time we printed the pattern found on the tray instead of … [Read more...]

Cookie Sheet Monoprints

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When I discovered printmaking after college, I learned how to make everything from intaglio prints to screen prints. I simply adore working in this medium!! Children and printmaking haven't been an easy combination for me -- the inks can be toxic and the materials can take over a space, but I've been taking every opportunity I can to bring printmaking down to my child's level, … [Read more...]

Bubble Print Lunch Bag

Bubble Print Lunch Bag

We made prints from some bubble wrap I rescued from a recent package. It was one of those projects that came together quickly -- I can't remember why exactly, but I didn't have my camera ready. The good news is that I collected lots of good material on this topic...scroll to the bottom for tutorials and inspiration. But this is really about what we did AFTER making the … [Read more...]

Cardboard Box Splat Printing

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Did you hear the buzz? TinkerLab turns ONE tomorrow! To celebrate my one-year blogiversary (silly me --can you believe I thought I made this word up?!), I invited about twenty of my favorite bloggers to join me in a cardboard box challenge -- right here -- tomorrow! And wouldn't you know that they said "yes!" I'm excited. Please accept this as my formal invitation to pop back … [Read more...]