Isn't it neat when kids make discoveries? Several shortcuts and unique
ideas that I use have been discovered by the kids. Well, here is the story!
My eighth graders were printmaking using the soft cut printing blocks.
They were doing a variety of printing experiments with different images,
combining inks, on assorted papers. I mentioned that I had a drawer full of old
mats they could use. I had saved from the boxes of matboard and foamboard scraps
that my framer saves for me. If the mats will fit in a drawer, I keep them!
One young lady had a terrific print of multiple flowers, with dragonflies
printed on top. She wanted a mat. After searching through the drawer for a
mat, she did not find a color that she could use. Frustrated with her
insistence, I said, "Well, just paint it the color that you want". The next time I
looked, She was rolling the mat with a brayer. She combined a couple of colors
and it looked fantastic! The smooth coverage by the brayer was awesome.
And then it began! Many students found mats that they rolled with brayers
to compliment their prints. Some even printed images on the mats to go with
their design. Our prints were moved to the next level, and the kids were quite
proud of their invention and accomplishment.
Probably the greatest additions I have to my art program are the boxes of
free matboard, foamboard, and mats that the framer saves for me. Don't miss
out on these freebies. We do all kinds of things with them!