Monoprints… again

I’m addicted to printmaking and monoprints. I always try to find a way to include some kind of printmaking in to my art class. I introduced the kids in Art Club to a type of monoprint I did at UF during my summer semester. You roll ink on a slab or non-porous table top, place a piece of paper on top (without pressing down!) and draw on it. Where ever the pressure is, the ink will transfer on to your piece of paper. For example, if you us a stamps, it will make a mark on the paper where the ink is.

After they are done drawing, they lift up their paper and see their image. We did this a few months ago and again for Valentine’s Day. These images are from a few months ago when we did it on plain white paper.

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I used Speedball Block Printing ink (waterbase) and a brayer. Rolled ink in front of each kids, place a piece of paper (I used white construction paper) and pencils to draw.

 

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Printmaking at the Library

This week we explored two different kinds of printmaking: monoprints & collagraph.

Preschool Project (3-5 year olds) is back this week! Ms. Laura decided to do a nighttime storytime to kick off the “Dream Big Read” summer reading theme. To follow this theme, I decided to do a fun project, something most kids don’t get to do at home. We made monoprints. We also worked backwards by starting with a slab of paint and children removing the paint with paintbrushes & palette knives. I used black & blue tempera paint and with a brayer I rolled the paint directly on the table (which kids just think it’s sooo cool!). Children then used the palette knives and paintbrushes and started moving the paint around, removing some of it.

Once they were done, we placed a piece of paper on top and the rubbed it to transfer the paint from the table onto the paper.
Keep in mind that our tables are made of laminate, which is non-porous and easy to wash. If you’d like you can use acrylic sheets or cookie baking sheet.

For Toddler Art we made a collagraph, which is a collage & printmaking mixed together. I used old cardstock flyers, but you can use any kind of material to create your collage. As long as it’s thicker than paper, it will work.
Toddlers cut and glued the pieces on to a bigger one. Once they were finished, they cam to me and I applied the ink over it and they use a baren to transfer the ink from their collage to the piece of paper. The results were fun and amazing.


Rosemary, age 3 cutting and creating her collage. Mom is watching and assisting with gluing and some cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levi, age 2, showing off his collage.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Connor, age 3, with mom helping him to use the scissors and cut the cardstock.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rosemary, age 3, using a baren to transfer the ink from her collage to the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levi, age 2, rubbing the paper, making a print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printmaking is not used often with younger children. Parents don’t always know what is printmaking or think it’s a technique for older children or adults. I don’t believe there’s an age to learn to have fun with art and stepping outside our comfort zone.