Starting points for print

Initial experiments in print making

These could involve printing from a variety of found objects such as plastic bottles, bits of wood or objects with a raised texture or pattern, using water-based printing ink or thickened tempera paint. Starting with one colour only will help children to concentrate on the effects of the print medium. Later on more colour can be introduced.

Children should be encouraged to examine and to talk about the prints made and to imagine what kind of print a particular object might make. They can experiment with a variety of prints from a number of objects, studying the effects of placing them side by side, rotating them through a variety of angles and laying one print on top of another using a new colour. They can, finally, make more purposeful print compositions-both abstract and representational-by combining prints taken from found objects.