Printmaking Art Activity

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Updated on Aug 16, 2012

Your child can be a Master Printmaker! This super-fun and easy method of printing encourages kids to draw as many patterns as they can imagine, trace them with yarn, paint and press their very own masterpieces. This is a great way to learn a centuries-old trade, while always have beautiful and successful results.

What You Need:

  • White Construction paper, 11"x17” (as many sheets/prints as you like)
  • White Cardstock, 11” x 17”
  • Yarn
  • White Glue (squeeze bottle with small nozzle)
  • Pencil
  • Tempera paint


What You Do:

  1. Have your child name off all of the different patterns she can imagine.
  2. Hand her a pencil and encourage her to recreate her favorite patterns onto a sheet of cardstock.
  3. Help her cut pieces of yarn to different lengths so they are easy to control. Trace a section of the pencil drawing with glue, while squeezing it from the bottle directly onto the drawing.
  4. Have her carefully set down the yarn directly on top of the white glue, creating a yarn drawing. After all yarn is affixed to the cardstock, allow it to dry completely.
  5. Brush tempera paint directly onto the yarn drawing until all yarn is coated in wet paint. Press the cardstock, painted yarn side down, onto a piece of newspaper to test out the print. Determine if you need more or less paint to make the print you want.
  6. Match up the cardstock with the white construction paper and carefully lay down the cardstock yarn side down and press firmly on the back of the cardstock to leave a colorful print.

Make as many prints as you like, adding more tempera paint as you go. Sign and number each one just like a master printmaker artist!  

Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.

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