Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lino Printing with Kids

The printing of lino printing would be another good art technique to try with young children (aged 3 +). I tried it with my 2.5yr old and she is not quite ready yet.

  • Buy a piece of lino (blue one side and green the other) from your local art store. 
  • Buy a lino cutting tool or set
  • Hard or soft roller
  • Brayer or use the back of a spoon
  • Printing ink (works best as it needs to be thick -you could try acrylic if it's thick)
  • Paper or fabric
  • Palette
  • Apron
  • Spatular /Paint scrapper

 1. Choose design and transfer to lino, I outlined mine in nicko -Remember, the carved out lino areas will remain white and the raised lino will be the printed area.

2. Ink up your lino using your hard or soft roller -If you hear the sound of velco and your paint looks like velcro you have it right.

3. Roll ink into lino -get your child to help with this. Do a test on newspaper or cartridge.

4. Get your child to place the paper on top of the lino and smooth over with brayer (alternatively get them to use their palm...this isn't going to be a masterpiece it is all about the interaction).

5. Print as many as you like and try different surfaces e.g. fabric like cotton or calico, print onto a pillow or library bag etc.

6. Here is the finished piece your child has helped with. Get your child to colour in the background with pencils or watercolour pencils or watercolour if on paper.
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