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!
Printmaking is hands down my favorite process because it can take so many forms. You can use practically any found object to make a print. Any size or shape of rubber bands will work for this project so empty out your pencil drawer and get started on these rubberband prints.
Rubber bands Baby…..
Here we used plain old rubber bands to make some super bold, graphic prints. And easy, so easy.
Are you ready to take notes on this complicated process? Chop up rubber bands. Glue them down to some hard surface. This could even be a piece of cardboard. We used the back of small cardboard boxes such as jewelry comes in. The raised edges of a box give you something to hold onto when you flip it over to make prints.
Now you’re ready to glue the rubber bands on to your cardboard. Big rubber bands work great because they make a wider print but you can use literally any shape or size of rubber bands depending on your desired outcome! I tried a hot glue gun first because, instant gratification. You guys, my handy glue gun failed me. Hot glue would not adhere to the rubber bands. As the glue dried the rubber bands popped off. Boo.
Plain old Elmer’s glue worked well. Let the glue dry then trim any excess length of the rubber bands off of the edge of your cardboard and you have your stamp ready to go.
The fun part…
I used this acrylic paint because its thick and bright. However, it’s not washable so you have to know your kid! Brush it on and stamp away!
It’s fun to try taking the same stamp and rotating it each time it is printed. This makes a design that is way more intricate looking than the original stamp.
We experimented with stacking stamps one on top of another for a cool, offset printing type of image. We also printed on some plain note cards. I really like these blank cards because they are a little larger than average and are nice heavy paper that stands up to printmaking!
(Handmade note cards tend to inspire handwritten notes at my house!)