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How to use a plastic bag to create a print

How to use a plastic bag to create a print

Today I used a plastic bag to make prints and create an underwater scene in watercolour. I have called this Plastic Bag Printmaking.

I loved the printing process when I used the styrofoam print to make a picture. This time I had read about using a plastic bag. – Please check out Alisa Burke Redefine Creativity. So I said, “Why not?”.

At one point I tried to use waxed paper but this did not work as well. I only used grocery plastic bags. You could also use the baggies (Ziploc idea), as Alisa did.

plastic bag Printmaking

I learned a few things while doing this Plastic Bag Printmaking:

  1. Don’t use too much water unless you want a smeared look (and that may be what you want).
  2. Wait a few moments before putting the paper over the wet paint.
  3. Press down when you want the print to look like what you put on the plastic.
  4. Rub back and forth when you want to smear the paint around.

Materials:

  • Brushes
  • Watercolour paints
  • Water
  • Plastic bag, opened and cut
  • watercolour paper

Instructions:

Open the plastic bag. On the plastic put the paint – in shapes, blobs, lines. You can use one colour at a time; or you can mix them right on the plastic.

plastic bag Printmaking

Place a piece of watercolour paper over the paint. Press down or rub depending on what type of effect you want. The picture below shows what happens when I rubbed back and forth and the paint was very wet, too. You get a smear of colours.

plastic bag Printmaking

Repeat as often as you want around your page.

If you want a design as well, get a clean sheet of plastic. I drew on the plastic with pencil, then marked the design I wanted (the sea turtle). Then I traced over the lines in paint. A thinner brush would have given a finer detailed turtle.

plastic bag Printmaking

The picture below shows both the printed sea turtle design as well as the leaves with drier paint on the plastic, and pressing down and not rubbing.

plastic bag Printmaking

 

plastic bag Printmaking

Finish the picture. I loved how this worked.

Try plastic bag printmaking and tell me how it turned out.

plastic bag Printmaking - Sea Turtle by Janis Cox

 

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page extension activities is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

 

Creative Saturdays: A Tadeo Turtle Showcase – 30 Art and Crafts

Creative Saturdays: A Tadeo Turtle Showcase – 30 Art and Crafts

I have had a ton of fun doing art activities and crafts about turtles this year. But I have come to the end of my ideas. I will be leaving this for now. I might return when I finish my next book.

Here is a listing of all the activities that have been posted about turtles this year.

Soap Carved Tadeo Turtle

Soap Carved Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Egg Carton Tadeo Turtle

Egg Carton Tadeo Turtle finished

Felt Board Tadeo Turtle

Felt Board Tadeo Turtle

Puppet Tadeo Turtle

Puppet TAdeo Turtle

Torn Tadeo Turtle

Torn Tadeo TurtleCrayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

Oobleck Tadeo Turtle

Oobleck Tadeo Turtle Hardened

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

st stuffed-tadeo-turtle

Woven Tadeo Turtle

Woven Tadeo Turtle

Finished Woven Tadeo Turtle – by Janis Cox

Foam Print Tadeo Turtle

foam-print-making-Tadeo-Finished-Janis

Sand Tadeo Turtle

Sand-Tadeo-Complete-2

Handprint Tadeo Turtle

Handprint-Tadeo-Turtle

Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Toothbrush-final-Tadeo-Turtle

Playdough Tadeo Turtle

playdough - finished Tadeo Turtle playdough

Mixed Media Tadeo Turtle

Mixed Media Tadeo Turtle

Stencil Tadeo Turtle

Stencil Tadeo Turtle

Burnished Tadeo Turtle

Burnished Tadeo Turtle

Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

Vegetable Painting Tadeo Turtle

Vegetable Paintings

Stained Glass Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Stained Glass WAtercolour tadeo Turtle

Tissue Paper Tadeo Turtle

Tissue Paper Tadeo Turtle

Oil Pastel Resist Tadeo Turtle

Oil Pastel Resist Tadeo Turtle

Foam Print Tadeo Turtle part 2

Foam Print Tadeo Turtle part 2

Blowing Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Blowing Watercolour tAdeo Turtle

Sponge Painting Tadeo Turtle

SP-Sponge-Painting-Final-Tadeo-Turtle

Plastic Bag Tadeo Turtle

Plastic Bag Tadeo Turtle

Stained Glass Tadeo Turtle

Stained Glass Tadeo turtle

Paper and Glue Tadeo Turtle

Paper and Glue TAdeo Turtle

To find out more about Tadeo Turtle please click on his picture.

Tadeo turtle

Tadeo – It’s Me!

Continue to link your arts and crafts posts until the end of the year.