16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Abstract Recycled Prints

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Back between my careers as a movie costumer and middle school art teacher, I was once a printmaker. Anyone else have a circuitous career path like that? In any case, I have an enormous passion for making all sorts of prints. While my daughter and I have made handprints galore, we've printed from sink mats, and stamps are a staple of our art table, this was her first foray into … [Read more...]

Spring Sink Mat Prints

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I spend a lot of time at the hardware store. And last week I spotted this flower mat -- the Blumz Sink Mat! -- I love that exclamation point! -- It's an exciting sink mat! -- and it looked like something that could be fun to print with! In honor of Spring's inevitable arrival (yes, it WILL get warmer) and St. Patty's Day (I married a "Doorley", after all), we used green … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Heart Prints

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"A life without love is like a year without summer." - Swedish proverb Now that our light-up snowman and twinkly lights have finally come down (yes, we're those people!), we've been talking up Valentine's Day and all things hearts. While I see it as a holiday full of commercial hype and overpriced flowers, I'm reminded that for children it can be full of play and joy … [Read more...]

Bubble Paint Recipe

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The bubble recipe I used in yesterday's post didn't live up to my expectations, so I went back to the drawing board (paint and soap laboratory?) and came up with something that creates big, rewarding bubbles that are easy to pull prints off of. While this worked for me, feel free to experiment with your own ratios and solutions. And if you come up with something good, please … [Read more...]