Autumn has definitely arrived here in the northern hemisphere and for the first time Peakles has really been delighted with the dramatic change of colour as the season has progressed! We had a spare hour before we were supposed to go to the play park so we decided to do some basic linocut style printing using a polystyrene tile that I had saved from the recycling that morning. I want to introduce new ways of printing to Peakles and although this was not a ‘true’ linocut it used the same basic technique.
I gave Peakles a lollipop stick to put some marks on the tile and she was so enthusiastic that eventually she used her fingers to tear and scrap out a pattern in the tile. At this point I must stress that the polystyrene pieces were everywhere – next time I would have a vacuum cleaner to hand!
We talked about what we were doing and Peakles pointed out the different coloured leaves in the garden as she was creating her printing tile. The chatter about all the different colours she could see was having a good affect on her colour awareness. Although she wanted to use the pink paint , she was also excited to use some different colours too (hurrah – we are moving away from the pink fest!) so that it could ‘look like the trees and things’.
Once Peakles was happy with the tile I began to show her how to make a print. She covered the tile with a thin layer of paint and then carefully placed a sheet of paper onto the top.
She pressed down on the paper, carefully making sure that it did not move and she that she had pressed the paper down in the corners too. Then came the magic moment. She peeled back the paper from the tile to reveal her first ‘linocut’ print!
Peakles was enjoying this activity so much she began experimenting with adding the paint straight onto the tile itself and mixing it to create new colours.
We used some Autumnal colours such as reds and golds. Soon we had lots of beautiful coloured prints. This is a great way of introducing a different printing technique and a lovely opportunity to explore the magic of printing and colour mixing!
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