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:
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.