I have done this with 5th graders but use dry tempera mixed with fingerpaint
and I have rolled out a smooth surface of ink on the formica counter top by
the sink. They have a pre-drawn picture that they trace over.
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I'll try to explain this as clearly as possible. I'm
better at doing it visually than verbally.
First cover a rectangualr area of a sheet of acrylic with
printing ink. (We used water-based and it worked fine.)
Then place the printing paper over the inked area. Do this
gently so there is little or no pressure on the plate yet.
Draw whatever is wanted on the outer (or back) of the
sheet. Many different tools can be used. They will create
different kinds of line and texture. If more control is
desired, a preliminary drawing can be sketched on the
paper before placing over the ink. Or graphite or charcoal
pencils can be used. If the desired effect is of a
lithograph, the paper may rubbed with the side or the heel
of the hand. Old, stiff brushes give a nice effect. For
fine lines, used-up ball point pens are effective. In
fact, experimentation is the best. It allows spontaneity.
I hope I've been clear and didn't skip anything. If you
have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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