We did some string printing with the toddler art group yesterday. It's actually a variation of making ink blots, but using paint covered string instead. The process is fun and the result is pretty cool.
To make these string prints, fold a sheet of paper in half then open back up. Dip a length of string or yarn in a bowl of tempera paint, then arrange on half of the paper. Fold over the other half of the paper and press. Open, remove the string, and admire your print! Easy peasy.
(We did this with art group #1 a few years ago — here's the old post.)
The kids had fun with this (as did some of the mamas).
And, as often happens, a couple of the toddlers were more interested in fingerpainting…
and body painting than in doing the planned activity.
As I have a six-year-old who still likes to fingerpaint and body paint on occasion, I know how popular both are!
I really love how these string prints look, though. I want to say elegant and ethereal, but perhaps that's going overboard.
I'd like to play around with this process myself and I bet Maia would enjoy it as well. Perhaps we'll give this activity a try as a family soon…
Here are some other art activities we've done with string:
- Yarn painting and printing with liquid watercolors
- Action painting with string
- Painting over yarn and glue pictures
- String suncatchers
- Crazy string sculptures
Any others you can think of?