Upcycled Packaging Printmaking
Our twins love art and I am constantly trying to think of news ways for them to explore and expand their creativity. We recently ordered some new plates and they came wrapped in this super large, anti-pop bubble wrap. After a moment of being bummed that I couldn't sit there and pop away, I started brainstorming ideas.
Rapunzel's Supermarket : All about young children and art has been a huge source of inspiration for me this year. I love the open ended nature of their art explorations. I love the diversity of materials and approaches. I love the way their art builds on the natural curiosity of children. I have a lot of fun, inspiring art books, but this is the one I keep returning to this year. Printmaking is one of the areas we haven't tackled much aside from some stamping, so I thought this would be a fun way to try. I gathered some supplies and we got started.
*Gather recycled materials, large piece of paper, paint, paint brushes, and tape.
*I cut the packaging into a few different squares and strips.
*Spread out the paper and tape it to the surface. We did this outside on our patio.
*Make sure you have access to water for the clean up. I had some wet wash cloths and the hose on stand by.
Printmaking is a fairly new art exploration for us, so I invited our twins to paint and then modeled how to make prints.
1. Pick a color and paint a portion of the packaging.
2. Turn the packaging upside down and press down.
3. Pull the packaging back up and check out your print.
4. Repeat as many times as you want.
Since we have been working on understanding patterns lately, we also made a paint pattern on the packaging a couple of times. Let your kids take this wherever they feel inspired. This eventually meant that my daughter decided she was a better palette and I will admit I felt a bit frustrated. At the end of the day, it wasn't anything a bath couldn't fix!
*Looking for more art inspiration? Our Bambini Art Project is a growing resource of fantastic art ideas for young kids.
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