At my daughter's elementary school we have an Art Docent program to acquaint the kids with different types and methods of art and to also get hands on time in our art room. A few weeks ago, we did this type of a project and I instantly fell in love with the technique and look of using foam plates for creating printing "plates."
I have a few other ways in which I have used this technique but for today, let's talk about hearts and arrows and Valentines! Since this project began in the classroom, my daughter and I decided this is how we would make this years Valentines.
- Foam plates (in picnic aisle at grocery store - they come in different sizes)
- Ball point pen
- Card stock
- Ink and brayer (NOTE: You can also use paint and foam brush - but I personally think the ink looks way better. The paint is just not that thick and seeps into the design...but paint is less expensive)
- Solid surface for craft and newspaper to protect the surface.
- Trace off the outline of your card on the plate - just for reference when creating your design.
- Determine design - I sketched mine out on paper. Simpler is better and you need to realize this creates a mirror image - so if you want words - you need to write them backwards on the printing plate.
- Use the ball point pen to "carve" the design into the plate - be careful not to dig or go through the plate entirely. You do need to put some pressure on it...but I assure you that we had success with 24 first graders - this is totally doable.
- Place a small amount of ink on a paper plate (on top of a hard surface) or on a piece of wood or plastic; Use the brayer to roll out the ink, horizontal and vertical rolls will spread the ink and cover the brayer.
- Roll the ink on top of your "printing plate."
- Press the inked plate onto the card.
- Press all over to make sure the plate makes contact with the entire card.
- Peel off (you finger may get messy) and let dry!
- Continue to apply ink as needed as you make the cards.
- Clean your brayer with alcohol wipes.
See wasn't that easy and so cute!
Stay tuned for some more amazing ideas (at least I think so!) using this technique.
Did you make your Valentines yet?