This is a Valentine printmaking project I have planned with grade 5.
The main focus is teaching them how to create their own stamps with craft foam.
Here is a second version.
- watercolour or disk tempera paint
- heavy paper or wc paper
- sticky backed craft foam
- scraps of corrugated cardboard
- black acrylic or tempera paint
- coloured pencils, china markers, sharpies
- alphabet stamps, glitter gems, optional
Here I'm using disk tempera and this resulted in Valentine #2.
I used watercolour paint and a little kosher salt to create the background for Valentine#1.
Set aside to dry.
Now we can work on our stamps.
Gather your materials, we need some scraps of cardboard for the base of the stamp and some craft foam. I like the sticky back.
There are 2 ways to make a stamp with craft foam:
Cut the cardboard into the shape of the stamp. I then cut strips of craft foam and apply to cardboard to outline the shape. You can also cut shapes to be added like the inner heart for this stamp.
Cut your cardboard shape, then trace around it on the craft foam. Cut the shape out of craft foam.
You then use a blunt pencil and draw designs into the craft foam shape. Push hard enough that you can feel the design marks with your fingertip when you touch the foam.
Here is a good tip I got from Traci Bautista. Use small pieces of craft foam on the back of the cardboard to make a handle. I use the parts where the product sticker is, I normally just throw those ones away. You can also use the leftover little pieces from cutting out a stamp.
Use 2 layers and you'll have a good handle.
Using a paintbrush brush some acrylic or tempera paint onto the stamp. This gives you more control than stamping into a plate of paint to load.
I always have practice paper nearby when doing a printmaking or stamping project.
Here you can see then difference between the 2 types of stamps.
Have the kids practice working with the stamps. Sometimes the ghost print or the 2nd ghost print turns out to be the best.
Ghost Print = the second print from a stamp without applying more paint.
When they are confident apply the stamp to your dry background.
Now you might want to just stop there but I like to take it further.
Ensure your print/stamp is dry. I use a hair dryer to speed things up a bit.
I added some coloured pencil, some china markers, and some sharpie.
I also used a little white and silver paint that I dipped the end of a pencil into and stamped on some accents. (see finished photo)
I painted some scrap paper.
I then stamped on some letters and added these to the Valentine.
You can also add a few sticky gems.
You could also print off some text from the computer to add.
Pair it with a Valentine poem and you have a great Valentine the kids can make for Mom and Dad.