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monoprinting craft for kids

I finally found some styrofoam sheets in a local craft store so this weekend MollyMoo and MommyMoo enjoyed some monoprinting. I chopped up a few sheets into smaller manageable squares and let her off to just draw, my only instruction was to use a pencil to draw on the sheet and lean just enough for her lines to make an impression, but not so hard that it goes through the sheet.

Once she called time on drawing she picked her favourite ‘sunshine owl’ to print¬† :)

jump on to see how she got on – a step-by-step tutorial for introducing children to printmaking-
Step One:
squeeze some acrylic paint (or monoprinting ink if you have) into the lid of a biscuit tin or similar and spread evenly with a small craft roller. Roll until there is an even film of paint on the roller.

Step Two:
use the roller to paint a thin even coat of paint over the styrofoam sheet. The trick is to ensure the paint covers the surface of the sheet and does not fill the indented drawing lines.

Step Three:
Place a sheet of paper over the styro sheet and gently smooth the sheet down to make sure it contacts with all surfaces of the poly sheet.

Step Four: then just gently peel away the paper to reveal your lovely monoprint and let dry

You can repeat the above steps until you’re happy you have the best result. You can wash down the styro sheet, dry and reuse with a different colour paint also if you like.

Step Five: leave the paper monoprint to dry for a bit and display on the fridge door for all to admire :)

I have a little slip-in art frame hung at Molly’s height on the kitchen wall and she slides her drawings in and out, most of her friends that come for playdates want to do a drawing for the frame while they are here. It’s one of my best buys in the last two years.

Monoprinting is also a lovely way for kids to make some handmade cards – from one drawing you can print multiple cards for family and friends for any occasion. It’s also a really lovely way to preserve your children’s drawings – monoprints look great framed.

……of course then I had to have a go :)

Have fun
mollymoo xx


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