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Styrofoam Printmaking for Children (Block Printing)

Styrofoam Printmaking for Children (Block Printing)


Discover exactly how to do Styrofoam Printmaking (or obstruct printing) with a styrofoam create tray and also a paint roller. With this enjoyable and also simple method, you can make several prints of the very same picture and also utilize them for homemade welcoming cards or art that can be mounted and also provided as a present. Wonderful art task for youngsters of every ages, from young children throughout to teenagers.

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My childcare youngsters have actually delighted in numerous types of printmaking given that they were kids. When they were young, we made prints with self-made stamps, corks, blossoms, apples and also leaves, and also they constantly enjoyed the procedure.

Just recently, nonetheless, we attempted block printing (likewise understood a monotyping) for the very first time, and also oh my benefits, I do not recognize why we waited as long to do it.

The procedure went beyond every one of my assumptions. It was so enjoyable, and also the outcomes were attractive. It’s so amazing to change an easy pencil attracting right into a stunning, vibrant print, and also recognize that you can do it over and also over once again!

square image valentines block print

We initially attempted styrofoam printmaking last month to make Xmas cards (see picture listed below), and also recently, when we were crafting for Valentines Day, we made Valentines cards making use of the very same procedure.

various christmas card prints by kids

If your youngsters have actually never ever made prints in this manner prior to, you need to attempt it. It’s such a remarkable and also pleasing procedure.

No Brayer, Ink, or Unique Plate Required

The wonderful point is, there’s no expensive devices needed to make prints in this manner. You do not require an ink brayer or ink or perhaps an unique plate for your theme.

We made use of points we currently had around your house: a styrofoam grocery store tray, a thick foam paint roller and also acrylic craft paint, and also they functioned magnificently!

High Thickness Foam Roller

You’ll wish to pick a high thickness foam roller such as this (associate web link) for printmaking. It’s company and also will certainly permit you to use the paint to your styrofoam “master plate” uniformly. If you make use of soft, mushy roller or an unclear microfibre roller, it will certainly hold way too much paint, and also it will certainly be also “squishy” to use the paint uniformly.

high density rollers blue, red, green paint

What’s truly enjoyable is that you can make numerous prints from the very same theme, so you can change up your colours and also make a number of cards in various colours. You could likewise wish to trying out several colours or with layering your colours to make each print distinct.

I have actually made a video clip to show the procedure from beginning to end, so you can enjoy that, or if you prefer to, you can miss to the created guidelines listed below.

Styrofoam Printmaking– Video Clip Tutorial:

I wish your youngsters have as much enjoyable with this task as we did!


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Note: If you do not have empty cards, you can make use of card supply or watercolour paper folded up in fifty percent.

collage step photos making prints with styrofoam and paint roller

Time required: half an hour.

Just How to Make Prints with Styrofoam

  1. Prepare your styrofoam tray

    Laundry and also completely dry your fruit and vegetables tray and also remove the rounded sides of the tray so you’re entrusted to simply the level base.

    Cut all-time low to fit the card (or paper) that you’ll be publishing on.

  2. Attract your style

    Utilizing a pencil, attract your picture on the styrofoam, pushing securely to etch your picture right into the foam.

    Additionally, you can attract your picture on a slice of paper and afterwards map it securely on your styrofoam

    Note: Keep in mind to create any kind of letters/words in reverse as the completed print will certainly be a mirror picture of your styrofoam style (see picture).styrofoam print christmas card words backwards

  3. Collect your printing products

    Location the complying with on a level, also function surface area: empty welcoming card, your styrofoam picture, paper plate, paint roller, paint.

  4. Lots roller with paint

    Press a great quantity of paint on a paper plate and also roll the roller to and fro via it till it’s totally and also kindly covered.

  5. Make your print

    Roll your paint roller to and fro over your styrofoam style, seeing to it the whole surface area is covered with paint.

    Turn the styrofoam over and also push it down on your card. Remain to push and also massage the styrofoam securely with your hands, making sure not to disrupt the positioning of the styrofoam.

    Meticulously raise the styrofoam off the card to disclose your print!

  6. Repeat to make even more prints

    Permit your styrofoam theme to completely dry momentarily or 2 and afterwards duplicate the procedure with a various colour.

Exactly how fantastic (and also simple!) is that?

horizontal valentines cards prints

Block printing is such an enjoyable art method to trying out and also a fantastic method for youngsters to make collections of welcoming cards for all celebrations.

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. . . . Jackie is a mother, spouse, residence childcare carrier, and also the imaginative spirit behind Satisfied Criminals. She focuses on youngsters’ crafts and also tasks, simple dishes, and also parenting. She started blogging in 2011, and also today, Satisfied Criminals influences greater than 2 million moms and dads, caretakers and also Very early Years Experts throughout the world.

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