Kids and printmaking go hand in hand. The experimental nature of printmaking lends itself so beautifully to exploring all sorts of different materials, techniques, and ideas with kids to get them creatively revved up.
If you’re looking for printmaking ideas for kids, look no further. I’ve compiled a big old bunch of great printmaking techniques for you to choose from, whether you’re looking for quick and easy, or more involved printmaking ideas.
Don’t be surprised if you get caught up in the fun and make a bunch of prints yourself. Printmaking is incredibly addictive.
1. Plastic bag printmaking? Nice. This is one of those techniques that you can do with multi-aged kids and everyone will have fun. If you watch her video, notice the layering she does with flowers over the printed backgrounds.
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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. Fir younger kids, you can carve their linoleum for them, and older kids can do it themselves. Just remember: always carve away from fingers!
4. Several ideas here for making prints with cardboard rolls. So, like, keep collecting those paper towel rolls. Printmaking doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated!
5. Similarly, you can roll out prints by using rolling pins. This is a reminder that you can use printmaking techniques to make wrapping paper.
6. This is so my kind of project. It takes a few more steps/materials, but the results are gorgeous. This could be a great precursor to linoleum carving, since kids will be carving erasers to make their shapes for printing patterns.
7. You know a project is good when an art teacher says it’s one of their favorite projects ever. I love the color exploration and different steps in this one.
8. Drawing added to the top of bubble prints– an example of taking printmaking one step further.
9. Another linoleum printing project, and she goes into great detail with the process of 2-step printing, and carving the linoleum. This is a must try printmaking idea for kids.
10. How can a printmaking ideas roundup be complete without a potato print project?
11. Monoprint Mandalas, – These are such a neat way to get your kids to work quickly, and they incorporate some drawing along with the printmaking. This is one of those printmaking techniques you won’t want to stop doing.
12. This acrylic gel transfer 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.
13. 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.
16. 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.
19. 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.
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.
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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