25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas

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Printmaking with kids is one of my very, very, top, all-time favorite things to do. Printmaking itself is rad, but when you throw kids in the mix they tend to become absolutely enthralled with the process and results. Unless you have a really bad project. Which is why I decided to troll for awesome printmaking ideas and put them all together, right here.

What makes printmaking compelling is its natural prompting for experimentation. Sometimes you can make a bunch of prints quickly and then add more to them later. Sometimes you can tweak prints a bit as you are making them to see what changes take place. Sometimes you take prints and cut them up and use them for collage projects. Endless creative opportunities here…


printmaking ideas1. Plastic bag printmaking? Nice.

2. Not a project per se, but some fantastic ideas for collagraph printing.

3. Linoleum printmaking. I think linoleum prints were my first introduction to printmaking, and a great intro to learning to carve.

20 way cool printmaking ideas4. Several ideas here for making prints with cardboard rolls.

5. Similarly, you can roll out prints by using rolling pins.

6. This is so my kind of project. It takes a few more steps/materials, but the results are gorgeous. Your kids will be so proud.

Tons of printmaking project ideas7. You know a project is good when an art teacher says it’s one of their favorite projects ever.

8. Drawing added to the top of bubble prints– an example of taking printmaking one step further.

9. Another linoleum printing project, clever, clever, clever.

So many awesome printmaking ideas 10. How can a printmaking ideas roundup be complete without a potato print project?

11. Monoprint Mandalas, for when your project needs to be quick and easy.

12. This project only looks complicated. Once you have the materials and get to it, it’s really quite easy and gives a fantastic result you’ll want to hang on up.

Lots of printmaking projects to try13. I am thinking really, really hard about whether or not this would really be considered printmaking, or is it a cool form of drawing/painting that LOOKS like printmaking? She has it tagged as printmaking, so I’ll just go ahead and include it in here, because it’s really lovely.

14. This one is slightly involved – but the results are great, plus you’ll hang it on your wall forever.

15. Printmaking using a glue gun. I MUST try this coolness. 

Tons of printmaking ideas16. City prints using foam boards. These are fantastic!

17. Multi-media printmaking projects. I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t love making these.

18. More cityscape printmaking, but with a different approach.

Tons of cool printmaking projects19. This is some crazy chalk-and-water printmaking technique that looks like all sorts of fun.

20. Easy printmaking idea using those little foam stickers you’re usually cursing for getting everywhere.

21. Preschoolers get to printmake, too!

22. Any project that uses up extra cardboard is golden, and this one is extra-golden because it’s like 2 projects in one: collage and printmaking.

All sorts of printmaking ideas 23. Monoprinting, baby.

24. Card stock printing- similar to the cardboard cut-outs printing, but more subtle.

25. Active printmaking – roll your prints with balls!

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Really cool printmaking ideas

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  1. 09/01/2014 / 1:34 pm

    Great resources – we love printmaking too. Looking forward to much more of it this year. Great round-up of ideas! 🙂

  2. 09/01/2014 / 2:19 pm

    Love it! pinned and off to share it on my FB page too *shines halo*

  3. 09/01/2014 / 8:40 pm

    Oh we love printing… and lots of new to us ideas here too! So much inspiration! Thank you!

  4. 09/02/2014 / 3:55 pm

    This is a fantastic resource! I feel like you made this just for me since I love your printmaking projects so much and they are all here plus more. I am bookmarking and sharing.

  5. 09/02/2014 / 9:58 pm

    Thanks so much for including my project in your list (#18)! I am looking forward to checking out all the rest. Printmaking is just the coolest, isn’t it?

    • 09/03/2014 / 9:17 am

      I love your project! Thanks for doing such a cool one, and yes, printmaking is the best. I can’t get enough of it.

  6. 11/16/2014 / 10:10 pm

    Hi Jeanette,
    Thanks for all the great info you have here! I am sure I will use some of these ideas in my art lessons.
    Also, just wanted to let you know that there is another book about printmaking (without a press) which is great for art teachers and kids. I am an art teacher and have used most of those techniques in class (and I wrote the book as well).
    It is called “Printmaking + mixed media” by Dorit Elisha. Check it out!

    • 11/17/2014 / 12:32 pm

      Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for sharing your book with me- it looks FANTASTIC, and I love your approach to printmaking. Congrats on such a lovely book!

  7. 05/13/2015 / 10:56 am

    cool ideas! pinning for inspiration that will be reqd sooner than later !

  8. Shelley
    08/22/2018 / 10:27 pm

    Love these ideas all together! Wish I had found this to use with my printmaking middle school class. Just retired, and still love to learn! Thanks!

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