String Painting – Mirror Image Prints with Kids

String Painting Ideas :: Mirror Image Prints with Kids

String Painting Ideas for Kids - Mirror Image String PrintsWe tried out some string painting ideas with the kids art group yesterday.

The materials were simple:


Washable tempera paint

And white paper

And the ideas were pretty simple, too…

The kids started out by dipping pieces of yarn in paint then dragging it across their paper.

This quickly progressed to hand prints and fingerpainting (as often happens these days).

Finally, I showed them how to make string blots or mirror-image string printing which they really seemed to like doing.

But first, let me show you a photo of the girls doing the first two of the string painting ideas…

Printmaking Ideas for Kids - Mirror Image String Prints

Once we washed their hands, we started the mirror image printing:

We handed them folded over pieces of paper for them to set or arrange their paint covered piece of string on one half, then they folded over the other half of the paper on top of the string and pressed down with their hands.

Printmaking Ideas for Kids - Mirror Image String Prints

Here’s one of Marlise’s string blots, above.

Printmaking Ideas for Kids - Mirror Image String Prints

And one of Maia’s string prints.

Like so many of the activities we do, this one came from one of MaryAnn Kohl’s kids art books, although I can’t remember which at the moment. Either Scribble Art, First Art, or Preschool Art since those are the ones we use most at the moment.

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    August 7, 2008 at 9:03 am

    oh those are really quite interesting! I’m filing this one away in my “toddler art to-do” folder.

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    August 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Could you tell us what paint you use? Is it without toxic pigments?

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    August 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    thanks another idea to do!! I have started a toddler art group after being inspired by yours!!
    here is what we have done so far
    thanks for the inspiration!

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    The Artful Parent
    August 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Bobbie – Your art group sounds great. Kudos to you for starting one! I love the little houdini photo!
    Nicole – Yes, I always buy nontoxic tempera paint to use with the kids. Right now I’m using Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paint ( from Discount School Supply. It’s my favorite so far!

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    Mozi Esme's Mommy
    August 8, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I’v got this on my list for when we get to “S” week – looks like fun!

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    August 13, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! My 4 y.o. is at our dining room table doing her own version of this right now.

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    Three Girl Pile-Up
    August 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    […] project this morning was string painting, orignially a Mary Ann Kohl project, rendered for me by The Artful Parent. Anna started in right […]

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    August 22, 2008 at 5:43 am

    I have used one of MaryAnn F. Kohl’s books and will definitely have to search for more in my library system. What a fun activity!

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