Simple printmaking can be done at a very young age. Children can print with any objects that has a shape and a relatively flat surface.
- Potato printing is a traditional method of printing for young children, where by a shape is cut into the surface of half a potato. Other vegetables can be use for their difference in shape.
- Painting on half of a sheet of paper and then folding the paper over is another method of printing by mirroring the applied paint on the opposite side of the paper.
- Finger paintings also can be printed - a pool of paint on a slippery surface, such as a tray, can be swirled around and drawn in with the fingers then printed by placing paper over the top and rubbing firmly.
- Household objects can be printed with or any thing which had an interesting texture, such as cotton reels, potato mashers, toy cards, cups etc.
- Printing with sponge shapes
The value of a brayer roller in printmaking with children
Brayers are used for lino printing. Strength is required to cut lino and the tools are sharp. However, great results can be achieved once children are old enough to do it.
The brayer is loaded with ink or paint and rolled over the lino, once the design has been cut into the surface. Paper or fabric is placed on top and pressed.
This can be pressed by rolling with a clean brayer.
For younger children, a brayer can be used with stampers to roll the paint evenly onto the surface of the stamp.
|Rainbow Ink Pad|
Brayers can be used by rolling on an ink pad. Applying pressure to the paper with the roller will make a wonderful background which can be graduated in colour.
And last but not least, a brayer is an excellent tool for rolling on top of something that has been glued, while the glue is wet, to save lumps and bumps forming and spread the glue evenly underneath. Well worth the investment just for that!
|Cabbage leaf printing|
|Printing with foam dabbers|
|Printing with string|