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Collagraph Printmaking with Little ones utilizing Wooden Blocks


Jennifer from Compact Hands Significant Art is back! She is sharing this Beautiful collagraph printmaking project that she did with her students. They employed massive wooden blocks and created these totally gorgeous quilts utilizing warm and cool colors. Can we just get in touch with Jennifer the queen of colour, please? Let’s obtain out how she created this all occur!

(And verify out Jennifer’s layered abstract paintings which also employed warm and cool colors and was the most common post final summer time!)

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Right here is Jennifer…

We like a excellent printmaking project!  This no-fail course of action includes the best mix of pattern, shape, repetition, colour theory, composition and movement.

At a glance, you may believe this is a “block printing” project since we actually employed blocks. But do not be fooled! With true block printing (commonly utilizing linoleum) the damaging space gets carved out with tools. The approach we employed right here is in fact called collagraph printmaking since we made a raised style by applying foam shapes to the surface of the wood.

When we do a printmaking project, we normally commence by introducing the definition of printmaking at a level that the youngsters can recognize (i.e. “making a stamp”). For this project, the printed squares joined collectively in a grid pattern that reminded us of a fabric quilt, so we took a moment to speak about quilting and why the repeating patterns of a quilt are so visually pleasing.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

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Supplies for Collagraph Printmaking with Blocks:

~ Massive wooden blocks (we bought 4″ x 4″ x 8″ wood posts at our regional lumberyard, and reduce them into 4″ x 4″ cubes, or you can obtain blocks on Amazon or via Casey’s)

~ Tempera paints pre-mixed in warm and cool colors (we only use higher good quality tempera paint with a super excellent opacity, viscosity, and pigment — these brands are greatest: RAS or Blick)

~ Brushes

~ Massive format paper (we employed a heavy weight 90# sulphite drawing paper, pre-reduce to accommodate complete rows &amp columns of squares with a small space in involving)

~ Self-adhesive foam (we pre-reduce a wide variety of shapes, but youngsters could reduce their personal shapes if time permitted)

~ Black archival ink pad (massive sufficient to accommodate blocks)

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Methods to Generating Collagraph prints:

Aspect A single

1. Tape the paper down to the table or floor to preserve it from wiggling.

two. Choose a colour palette of either warm or cool colors, and stick to it all through the course of action.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

three. Paint 1 side of of the block, and then transfer the paint onto the paper. We set up a painting table and a printmaking table, so there was a lot of movement for this project!

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

four. Apply paint once again utilizing a different colour from the very same loved ones on best of the very same side that was just painted. We applied paint more than and more than once again on a single side of the block for a quantity of causes. The block gets as well slippery if all the sides are painted (also the foam sticker shapes will not adhere if the block is wet). And by layering the paints, the print is so considerably additional vibrant since you can see various colors mingling collectively!

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

five. Repeat the course of action of printing 1 square at a time till the complete quilt is completed.

The youngsters function at truly distinct paces on this project.  Some fill a giant sheet of paper relatively immediately other folks are additional meticulous and only print a couple of rows &amp columns. In these situations, we just merely trim the excess paper when they attain a excellent stopping point.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Aspect TWO

six.  Subsequent, every student starts assembling patterns utilizing self-adhesive foam shapes. (If the blocks are super wet, take a speedy minute to dry them off with a paper towel.) We challenged them to style a repeating pattern on 1 side of the block. Considering via repetition, visual balance, and visual interest, every student tends to make two to 4 exceptional patterns.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

7. Press the block firmly on a black ink pad to choose up a lot of colour. Pick squares that are largely dry to apply the print. We coached them to spread the stamped styles randomly on their squares (small ones will want to just do them all side by side). 

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

This aspect is exciting and quite physical as it requires all of their strength (and from time to time complete physique weight) to transfer the stamped print.

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

We just like the way the paint captures the grain of the wood in the print!

Collagraph printing with kids using wooden blocks to create a quilt pattern.

This would be an great project to make on fabric, by the way! Just take an old sheet and tear it into a square and use acrylic paint as an alternative of tempera paint.

We loved these so considerably, we kept their printing blocks so we could turn them into a further project. So preserve an eye out for these!

~ Jennifer

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Jennifer Bryant from Small Hands Big Art in Charlotte, North Carolina

A small about Jennifer:

As the founder of compact hands massive art, Jennifer discovered at an early age the energy that art and inventive (albeit deviant) pondering can have. Other than that 1 time she strategically scrawled “Jenny is a Pig!” on her bedroom door &amp let her brother take the blame, some of her fondest childhood memories involve generating art.

A college art scholarship naturally led to a 17 year profession in economic solutions compliance, exactly where she memorized SEC regulations and honed invaluable abilities implementing out-of-the box enterprise deliverables &amp driving for consensus. (huh??) Just after stepping on that little shelf thingy on the best of the corporate ladder labeled “Not a Step,” she’s spent the final nine years merely enjoying what inspires her most: Young children &amp art.

Jennifer opened her studio 2009 to offer fine art enrichment applications for young children &amp young adults up to age 14, via age and developmentally proper classes, parties, camps and workshops.

Comply with Jennifer on Instagram (you will be blown away) and Facebook.

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Did you like this post? Right here are some additional printmaking projects for youngsters:

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