School’s out for summer so here’s an idea on how to make easy prints at home with children.
MEAT TRAY PRINTING
You will need:
- Washed Styrofoam meat trays
- Dull pointed pencil
- Tempera or acrylic paint (tempera is washable, acrylic is not, both are available at local craft and art stores)
- Foam paint brush (1” wide works well)
- Paper to print on (you can make cards, bags, wrapping paper, gift tags as well as single pretty prints.)
- Newspaper or plastic to cover the work surface
HOW TO DO IT:
- Cover your work area with newspaper or plastic tarp.
- Make sure Styrofoam meat trays are clean and cut off the curved edges so you have a flat sheet of Styrofoam on which to create your printing plate.
- Using a dull pencil draw your design or picture onto the piece of Styrofoam.
- Go over your drawing, pressing the lines in to the Styrofoam so you have cleanly indented lines.
- If there is writing in your print, it needs to be backwards.
- Select paint color for your print and pour out some paint onto a paper plate or into a paper cup.
- Coat foam brush with paint and lightly coat the entire surface of the Styrofoam printing plate. Do not get paint into the lines you have made on your printing plate.
- Place paper you wish to print on top of your painted Styrofoam print plate.
- Carefully smooth the back of the printing paper all over.
- Gently remove paper and enjoy your print.
- You can make more prints using the same “printing plate”. To change color, wash the “printing plate” and start again.
- You can use this method to print on fabric too. For permanent prints, use fabric paint or acrylic paint. Think of the options. . . .especially designed t-shirts, a fabric picnic cloth. . . the sky’s the limit.
- You can make a poster of your children’s prints. Get a larger piece of paper and print each child’s print on the same sheet.