I love using the foam for that - at the same time I hate that foam
(can't stand the smell or feel) - I had younger students use wood glue
to put the foam on blocks... easier to grab for them. You can use them
on clay too. I read in a magazine about someone that used foam from a
garden kneeling pad and a wood burning tool to create stamps - has
anyone done this?
One year I had cut 50 - 75 erasers for stamping. Just simple geometric
designs. I lent them out and forgot about them. One year housekeeping
said "we found some things in the garbage you might like" - the
teacher I lent them to was retiring and threw the whole bag out. I was
happy to get those back... and grateful to housekeeping for grabbing
them. We use them all the time for printing and clay.
From: San D Hasselman
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 8:12 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] alternative to linoleum
I am sure many of you have done this, but just to let you know that
you can use those colorful foam sheets (the really thin ones) to make
"stamps" that work great as printmaking assignments. With my beginning
high school students we made a calendar where everyone "stamped" a month
using multiple stamps. You cut out the shapes and glue it down onto
cardboard, then roll ink over them to use as a stamp. You can use many
stamps to make one image, or many stamps on top of each other.