Monoprinting with kids

Monoprinting with Kids the Easiest Way

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The easiest and best way to do monoprinting with kids involves spreading the paint on a plexi sheet or frame with a roller and drawing a design with a Qtip.

Monoprinting with Kids the Easy Way

Monoprinting has been the perfect printmaking technique for my kids.

It’s super easy, for one thing, and instead of making many prints of the same image (which they have no interest in doing) they can do something different each time. They can use different colors and imagery, experiment, see the results right away, and more on to experiment some more.

Plus, with this technique, we get nice crisp edges to the print and a professional-looking border—which I like more than the kids care about, frankly.

So here goes…

First, I created a brief video of the monoprinting process as well, demonstrating this printing activity.

Monoprinting with Kids - Activity Paint

Monoprinting with Kids the Easy Way

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roll the mini paint roller in the paint to coat it evenly with paint.

2. Roll a layer of paint over the acrylic box frame.

Monoprinting with Kids on a Pie Pan

3. Use a Q-tip to draw on the paint-covered plexi frame.

Monoprinting with Kids the Easy Way - Making the Print

4. Center a sheet of paper over the frame and press it lightly but firmly with your hands.

Monoprinting with Kids the Easy Way - Lifting the Print

5. Lift the paper to reveal your monoprint!

Monoprinting with Kids the Easiest Way

6. Roll a new layer of paint over the plexi frame and repeat.

Note: If you’re using a different color, you might want to rinse the frame off first.

Monoprinting with Kids the Easy Way - Finished Prints

How about you? Have you tried monoprinting with kids?

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  • Reply
    Carolyn Lucento
    June 2, 2015 at 1:44 am

    This is just so simple yet beautiful! I’ve done many different printmaking activities with children, yet this one caught my eye…I’ve never thought of the q-tip as a design material in quite this way. The prints turned out so nice. I am a big fan of your site and look forward to your emails. There is always something beautiful and helpful!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      June 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

      I’m so glad you find this post inspiring, Carolyn! And thank you so much for your kind words about my site and my emails!

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    Shelley
    August 10, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Please add me to your email list….I am just getting back into art after MANY years. and want to explore some of your ideas to bond with my granddaughters who have been estranged from me by dysfunctional parents.
    Rgds

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    Julie
    November 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I’m working with an artist to do printmaking with my preschoolers. How can I incorporate math and literacy objectives?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 14, 2018 at 5:30 am

      Hi Julie – I don’t focus on math and literacy objectives at The Artful Parent. I’m sure you can find that information elsewhere, though!

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