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Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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You don't need a lot of expensive, hard to locate materials in order to teach printmaking. In fact, most of the lessons listed in KinderArt, make use of recycled materials that can be found in any home. If you are working in a classroom setting, simply make up a list of goodies that students can collect and bring in from home.

Basic Printmaking Supplies List:

Printing Using a Brayer (roller):

Some of the lessons in KinderArt refer to printing with a brayer. The directions for doing so are as follows:

  1. Place a small amount of ink on the plexiglass, cookie tray or glass sheet.
  2. Roll both ways to allow the roller to evenly pick up the ink. Roll until the ink comes up in little "points".
  3. Roll away from yourself slowly - to pick up ink.
  4. Roll toward yourself quickly - to remove excess ink.
  5. Once the roller is "inked", roll onto the printing plate. You probably have to go through this process several times before enough ink is placed on the plate.
  6. Once the printing plate or block is "inked", place paper on top and using either your hand or a wooden spoon, rub lightly over the surface of the paper.
  7. Remove paper and repeat process for more prints.

A Word About Paper:

There are so many different types of paper available from handmade to bond, the choices are endless. For printing lessons in a classroom setting, all you really need is white bond paper, manilla, newsprint or bristol board. If you have access to (and a budget for) special printmaking papers, you will notice a definite difference in the quality of printing. Rice, mulberry and watercolour papers all work extremely well with printmaking projects. Keep in mind however that with printmaking, you tend to go through a lot of paper. If you have papermaking facilities at your disposal, why not have your students make their own printmaking paper?

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