Quarantine Activities: Printmaking!

Updated: May 3, 2020

It's all about PRINTMAKING this week! As a printmaking artist, I am so excited to share these activities with you! One of the challenges of curating project ideas is to find unique activities that don't require special materials or tools. Here is a variety of projects that you can do with supplies many of you will already have at home!


Muffin Tin Monoprints

Source: @kamini.kamdar

Supplies:

  • Tempera Paint

  • Muffin Tin

  • Paintbrushes

  • Paper

Ages:

  • Preschool to Middle School

Directions:

  1. Paint directly onto the bottom of your muffin tin.

  2. Press a paper on top of the muffin tin. Rub each "bump" to transfer the paint onto the paper.

  3. Peel the paper off to reveal your print!

Why I Like It: This is a great introduction to printmaking. Young artists can simply paint the bottom of the muffin tin with a single color. Older artists can enjoy creating more complex prints by adding multiple colors.



Cookie Sheet Monoprints

Source: @capturing_parenthood

Supplies:

  • Tempera Paint

  • Cookie Sheet

  • Paintbrushes

  • Paper (larger than your cookie sheet)

  • Optional: Q-tips to remove paint

Ages:

  • Preschool to Middle School

Directions:

  1. Paint directly onto the bottom of your cookie sheet.

  2. Press a paper on top of the cookie sheet. Apply gentle pressure across the surface of the paper to transfer the paint onto the paper.

  3. Peel the paper off to reveal your print!

Why I Like It: Though similar to the Muffin Tin Prints (above), working on a cookie sheet brings in more possibilities! Try working reductively (removing some of the paint) to create an image. You can do this with a Q-Tip, scrap of cardboard, cotton ball, or a variety of other materials. Experiment! Have fun!

Potato Stamps

Source: @dustandthings

Supplies:

  • Raw potatoes or root vegetables

  • Tempera paint

  • Paper

  • Cutting and/or carving knife

Ages:

  • Preschool to Adult

Directions:

  1. Cut a potato in half. You can either work with the potato's natural shape (oval), cut it in half (half circle), or carefully cut a design into the potato.

  2. Dip the stamp into a pool of tempera pa