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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 – Sponge Painting – Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Sponge Painting – Tadeo Turtle

There is a linky below in which to link your creative kids ideas or your kids’ pictures or crafts. Let’s build a creative kids’ community. 

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I know that we can use sponges to paint around shapes and make a picture. But today I thought I would use sponge painting for a background to a picture. I used the flat side, the edges and even squeezed out the paint.

Kids love sponges. The best ones of course are the sea sponges – they have lots of texture. This time I used the regular sponges – cut in small pieces. I used the three primary colours – each one in a separate container. That way you won’t make “mud”.

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Here are a couple of beginning pictures of the process.

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In this one I started to squeeze out the paint and use the edges.

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And then the final product.
SP-Sponge-Painting-Final-Tadeo-Turtle

 

Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

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 curriculum is available if you ask.

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Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

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Creative Saturdays – Handprint Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Handprint Tadeo Turtle

 

I am back after a week’s Sabbath from blogging. I spent last week at a VBS. We used a handprint in one of the crafts. We were making sheep because our theme was The Lord is Our Shepherd.

sheep-handprint

Using the same idea I created a turtle.

Handprint-Tadeo-Turtle

Materials:

      • tempera paint
      • pie plate
      • glue
      • found materials (nut shells, glitter, flowers, plants – anything will do)
      • brushes
      • glue
      • paper

Instructions:

Fill a pie plate or other suitable container with paint. I used green.

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Place your child’s hand in the paint. Move it around to cover all the underside. My husband took this shot of my painted hand and later wondered how he got green paint on his hand. 🙂

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Carefully place your child’s hand on the paper. If you want the head up, make sure the thumb is opposed to the legs. (I didn’t so added the head by painting it in.)

Press down to ensure all the paint is on the paper. Lift off carefully.

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Now you can make your turtle. I used pistachio shells to decorate the turtle’s shell. I enlarged the head a bit; put some toes on his feet and added a tail. You can use sparkles, stickers, cut paper, feathers, or anything else.

handprint-start

Then I make a background around him. You could do this first as well.

And voila the finished picture – Tadeo Turtle Handprint

Handprint-Tadeo-Turtle

 

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 curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

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

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Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Today I would like to show you how to make a painting using a toothbrush. Another term for this is spatter painting.

Spatter Painting - tadeo turtle

Materials:

1. Paper
2. Paint – tempera or watercolour
3. Brush
4. Toothbrush
5. Scissors
6. Cardboard or stock paper
7. Water

Instructions:

Draw your object – I chose a turtle.

Draw your object

Cut out the object and place it on a piece of paper.


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Mix up your paint. Stick with the three primary colours: blue, yellow and red.

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Tape the object to the paper.

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Using a toothbrush spray the paint onto the paper.

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Move the paint around. Twist the paper in all directions – any wet paint will run to make interesting patterns.

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When you are finished take off the stencil. At this point you can leave the stencil as is or you can paint it. I chose to paint it.

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As you can see I did not have the stencil firmly in place. If you want crisp lines ensure that the stencil is tacked down better than I did.

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The finished product.

Toothbrush-final-Tadeo-Turtle

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 curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

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

I link to:

We Made That

HappyandBlessedHome.com

FridayFavorites

BowDabra Blog

I Choose Joy!
Virtual Refridgerator

 

Sugar Aunts

Sharing Saturday Button

Grab button for Money-Saving-Monday

If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on the Paypal icon. It will direct you to the PayPal site where you can choose PayPal or a credit card.

 

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Imagine

Five Minute Friday – Imagine

Imagine

Picture is courtesy of Bill Weaver.

This picture of a columbine and other pictures can be found on Bill Weaver Flickr.

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

IMAGINE

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV)

This Scripture from Ephesians has become a very powerful Scripture in my life. There are so many times that I say to myself, “I can’t do this”. But then I remember that I am not doing it – He is. Whenever I feel like I won’t have an idea in my head – He does. Whenever I feel I can’t learn another social media task; a self-hosted plugin; a marketing tool, I remember that if God wants me to know this He will show me the way.

I can imagine and dream all that I want. If what I am dreaming is in God’s will then all will come true.

I see my imagination growing as I continue to try new art projects, as I look around me at nature and as I look at all that God is doing around me. Imagine that! God is at work in our world. We only need to look for it.

Tadeo Turtle was a dream that became a reality. I speak about how Tadeo came to be on an interview at Christian Homeschool Moms.

God wants us to dream dreams; to seek beyond ourselves; to reach out and try things that others say might be impossible. Because God is the God of the impossible.

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27, NIV).

I challenge anyone who has a dream – to dream big and ask God into your dreams.

What dreams do you have? Please comment and I will pray for your dreams.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Janis

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.