When you think of art supplies does aluminum foil pop right into your head? No? Well then, you’re pretty normal. Knowing me and my penchant for making art from household supplies this weird foil printing idea shouldn’t surprise you at all!
Do you encourage digging through the recycling at your house? How about the trash? Both are fair game here and if they’re not at your house you may change your mind soon. Found object printmaking literally turns your trash into treasure.
Printmaking is the bomb when it comes to art processes. There are SO many ways to do it that range from process art made with materials nabbed from the recycle bin to processes that require a lengthy list of expensive supplies and a highly skilled artist. This linocut portrait falls somewhere in the middle. Ya’ need a little “stuff” but the process and result are SO worth it!
Have you ever made linocut art before? Linocut is short for lino printmaking which is short for linoleum printmaking. It’s a traditional form of printmaking that’s gotten loads easier and safer thanks to new materials. This old fashioned process delivers super fun and modern results!
I love making something from nothing. That may stem from my days as a classroom teacher when I saw five hundred kids a week with a minimal budget. I love projects that use up scraps and bits and things that otherwise might get hidden in our craft cupboard never to be heard from again. Chalk prints are perfect for that.
If you’ve been the to The Kitchen Table Classroom before you may have caught on that printmaking is just about my favorite of all art process. There are just so many different printmaking techniques and materials that an artist can use; each of which produce dramatically different results. This styrofoam printmaking process uses materials you have on hand and is widely adaptable for age and skill level!
As a former art teacher in the public schools I am used to making something out of nothing. A tiny and budget and 500 kids a week will make a teacher resourceful. I’m no longer in the classroom but I still love taking junk and making it into something new! Rubber band prints do exactly that!
An “adinkra” is a visual symbol. This traditional African textile dates back to the 1800’s. Adinkra symbols were once printed on fabric in a grid pattern using a carved gourd. This special fabric was reserved for royalty or spiritual leaders. Today Adinkra cloth is widely available and commercially printed on fabric, t-shirts and jewelry for everyone to wear and enjoy.
Printmaking is hands down my favorite art activity. Little kids, big kids, professionals, and non artists can all find something they enjoy in the super varied world of printmaking. It is the least intimidating of art media (at least to me) because no drawing skill is required! It can be as simple as these potato prints; carve, paint, and print!