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Re: [teacherartexchange] block printing


From: Barbara Marder (marder621_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 26 2011 - 06:08:49 PDT

Hi Frances,

I was in my classroom yesterday and found some wood blocks being and math tools being discarded in the hallway and claimed the box of items to be used as possible forms for bock printing. The tempera paint still does not give good even results-perhaps there is a mix-in to make the paint more evenly coat the bock. At any rate I ordered squeeze tubes of block printing ink.

I also received some bolts of fabric in solid colors from an interior designer. They were leftovers from drapery orders. How lucky is that!

I am very excited about block printing and thinking about applications for the finished projects ie block-printed fabrics may be covers for handmade sketchbooks!

I'd love to keep the discussion going for more ideas.


On Aug 26, 2011, at 8:51 AM, Frances Rice wrote:

> Hi Barbara and the rest of you list folks, I have successfully used tempera paint on construction paper to do printmaking with gadgets. I have also used acrylic paint on fabric with my gadgets. (I made a mural of an Olympic mountain scene on a white bed sheet and used sword ferns and other plant matter to print with.) Things like potato mashers, foam stamps I picked up at a garage sale, plastic grid which is used for needlepoint, an old rubber toy that reminds me of a limp sea urchin and kind of ends up looking like a flower head, pvc pipe (it makes circles on the ends or interesting texture effects if you roll it like a rolling pin), sword ferns, cedar branchlets, an old wooden meat tenderizer, spatulas, plastic forks, all kinds of odds and ends you can find around the house or at thrift stores and garage sales will work. I have done this with toddlers up through middle school and students love it! You might try it as a center though
> rather than a whole class project. I also last year bought some balsa foam squares that are easily carvable for a relief sculpture unit, but apparently you can use them to make printing blocks too. I have yet to try that, but want to especially after seeing the Indian wood blocks! Frances Rice, Sequim, WA
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