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Mirror-image string prints with the Toddler Art Group

How to Make Mirror Image String Prints with Kids

We made some mirror-image string prints with the toddler art group yesterday.

It’s actually a variation of making ink blots or blottos, but using paint-covered string instead. The process is fun and the result is pretty cool!

Mirror Image String Prints

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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.

(Note :: We did mirror image string prints like this with art group #1 a few years ago.)

Mirror Image String Prints with Toddlers

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 string print art activity.

As I have a six-year-old who still likes to fingerpaint and body paint on occasion, I know how popular both are!

Mirror Image String Prints with Children

I really love how these string prints look, though. I want to say elegant and ethereal, but perhaps that’s going overboard.

Mirror Image String Prints with Kids

I’d like to play around with this string printing 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 more string art activities we’ve done ::

Any others you can think of?

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How to Make Mirror Image String Prints with Children


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    October 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

    We did this on butterfly-shaped paper once. Created some really cool looking butterflies.
    It’s been a while since we did string painting. I think it’s time to break out the string again.

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    October 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    This is such a simple idea that gets beautiful results! I have to try it.

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    October 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love this!!! I must admit, I really want to try it. It seems like a perfect family project.

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    October 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    This looks awesome! Thanks to your blog, we started a preschool art group and I think this will be our next activity. Thanks for all your hard work, this blog has really helped me be more like the mother I want to be.

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    October 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Just like Scott I’ve cut out butterfly shaped paper and done this with just paint and fingers. Then we talk about symmetry. science + art = pure awesomeness

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    The Artful Parent
    October 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I like the idea of doing this with butterfly-shaped paper!

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    The Artful Parent
    October 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Great! It helps me be more like the mother I want to be, too. :)

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    The Artful Parent
    October 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Fingerpainting would be a neat way to do this. Perhaps we’ll try that next time…

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    Mel Brammer
    October 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Great. I’ll definitely try this one. And to follow up on the butterfly theme – we got some different coloured glitter glues and made patterns on one half of a butterfly shape, folded over, pressed, opened and allowed to dry – a beautiful colourful sparkly glittery butterfly!

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