Kids Art Block Print Cards

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Still need to get those holiday thank you cards out? Want to include your kids in the process? Let them create the art for your cards and help print them too with this simple, kid friendly, block printing technique. Instead of using traditional block printing medium and carving tools, this process uses recycled styrofoam meat trays and ball point pens to create the blocks, making it the perfect family activity.

Here’s what you need:

Styrofoam trays

Ball point pens (or knitting needles)
Block printing paint
Rubber Brayer
Cardstock cut and folded into cards
Scrap cardboard (or an extra tray)

1. Cut your trays into small, flat rectangles, discarding the sides.

2. Have your kids draw images onto the foam with the pens. Encourage them to use most or all of the space and not to focus on too many details that might get lost in the printing (family portraits are a great theme here!)

3. Squeeze a small amount of paint onto the cardboards and roll the brayer through several times until a thin coat of pain covered the entire surface of the roller.

4. Roll over the print with the loaded brayer. You want the paint to cover the surface without working down into the grooves of the drawing.

5. Lay your paper over the block and smooth with your fingers, being sure you get all the corners, Peel the paper away and allow it to dry.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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