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Making Monoprints – art project for young chidren – by S.A. Barone

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Art Project for Young Children

Making Monoprints

 by S.A. Barone

This project can be a little messy so make sure the area is covered with newspapers.

Kids love this project and they can absolutely turn out some spectacular art work, definitely work that parents are going to want to frame.

You will need:

 Heavy White Paper or Tag Board

White Drawing Paper

Short wooden skewers (these are longer and fatter than toothpicks; you can get them at any grocery or hobby store, or the end of a skinny paint brush.)

Wide brushes or Wide Palette Knives (I use my large cake spatula)

Tempera Paint (Black, Red, Dark Blue or Dark Green works best)

White Soap Flakes

Paint Trays

A rolling pin.  (You might want to borrow a few extra, if you have several children doing this exercise)


Mix about ½ cup of soap flakes to one cup of tempura paint.  Your paint should be the texture of thick ink so don’t use too much soap flakes or it might be too thick to spread.

 When the paint is mixed apply it to your tag board or heavy paper with the brush or palette knife.    Make a large rectangle making sure it is evenly applied.  Don’t make it too thick.

 Using a wooden skewer, draw lines, flowers, whatever the child wants to draw in the thick paint, do not get too detailed; it won’t make a good monoprint.

 After the picture is drawn lay a piece of white drawing paper over the top.  Take the rolling pin and roll across the picture using slow even strokes.  Do this a couple of times. Do not go too fast otherwise you might smear the drawing and ruin the monoprint.

 Lay the print flat in an area where it won’t be touched and let it dry thoroughly before hanging or framing.

Have Fun and Keep Creating

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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