PRINTS CHARMING 3: The Textured Plate

I bring you the the last of the 3 part printmaking workshop series that I recently conducted at my son’s elementary school – Monoprinting with a Textured *Plate.
(*a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)

Materials needed:
textured materials like silicon trivets, bubble wrap, plastic mats, plastic fruits trays with raised textured patterns
watercolor paper or card stock (plain index card works perfectly fine, too)
watercolor, tempera or acrylic paint
brushes
water dish
heart-shaped plastic

Here are the steps in photos:

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If you figure out a registration system for your printmaking process then it will be much easier for you to do more stuff to your print. Example, after this step, allow paint to dry then go back and print more design over that heart.

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Monoprint using a trivet and watercolor

Here are some of the hearts created by the young printmakers (6 to 7 year olds) at the workshop – absolutely stunning work!

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A Parade of Hearts for your folks. Happy Valentine’s…from our hearts to yours!

 

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PRINTS CHARMING 2: The Foam Plate

We continue with our  PRINTS CHARMING series.This time we will use a Foam Plate.
Yes, foam, but not just any foam. What I find to be the best one as mono printing *plate is the material used in foam take out containers.  So, please next time you get those foam food boxes or containers… clean it and save it for a day of printing fun. (*Plate- a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)

Materials needed:
Foam
Ballpoint pen for making impression on foam
printing ink
cardstock or watercolor paper
watercolor, tempera or acrylic colors for background color on paper
inking plate (plexiglass)
rubber brayer

Here are some images of the steps:

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Here are some photos of my students foam plates ( impressions on the foam were made using a ballpoint pen)

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So to make the prints more interesting, I got the kids to paint the paper using watercolor. When watercolor dried, we then did the printing with the foam plate and printing ink.
Look at this slideshow of all the works of my young printmakers…

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Paint your paper and then do the actual monoprint with foam plate and black printing ink.

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Notice the letters on the foam plate are on reverse…

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Make a lovely monoprint to frame or some mini monoprints to make bookmarks for your loved ones this Valentine’s.

Try out this simple monoprinting technique…if my 6 and 7 year old students could do it, so can you!!!

PRINTS CHARMING 1: The Foil Plate

I recently conducted a special workshop series at my son’s elementary school on simple ways children could do *monoprinting.
*Monoprinting – is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals

I called the series PRINTS CHARMING and here are the techniques that I taught them in 3 different sessions.
Workshop 1-  Making Monoprints using a Foil Plate
Workshop 2- Making Monoprints using  a Foam Plate
Workshop 3- Making Monoprints using a Textured Plate
(*Plate- a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)

Let’s start with the first session PRINTS CHARMING 1: The Foil Plate
Yes, you heard that right…foil, as in aluminum foil. So, please next time you have some used foil, clean it and save it for a day of printing fun.

Materials needed:  aluminum foil mounted on something sturdy like cardboard or plexi-glass, tempera or acrylic paint, brushes, water dish and water color paper or plain index card works too…

Here are some images of the steps:

 

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Check out the photos of my eager young participants at work…

 

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And here are the awesome creations of my little printmakers…

 

Try out this simple monoprinting technique and create lovely one-of-a-kind Valentine’s cards for the dearest people in your life.Cover 1 copy

 

 

 

Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 2

We continue with Part 2 of  our Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments feature here on MoNA. We started with a variety of shapes. Here goes – you can focus on just one ornament shape. You can make all Christmas trees for example.

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Make your homemade clay and use Christmas tree cookie cutter…

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With just red, white, and green paint the kids were able to create some interesting designs…

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Here are the painted trees…

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And here they are —ready to hang with beautiful Christmasy baker’s twine…

When I did this Christmas crafting activity in my son’s grade 2 class I brought my ukulele and taught them the song Oh Christmas Tree. Here are the lyrics:

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Oh Christmas Tree, O  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Your branches green in summer’s glow
And evergreen in winter’s snow.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Watch video on youtube

I also found a more meaningful version of the song that would be suitable for older kids or adults.. (try out the chords on your ukulele)

oh xmas tree chords

Lyrics and chords from Tabs by Ultimate Guitar

“O Christmas tree, your beauty green will teach me that hope and love will ever be the way to joy and peace for me…”

Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 1

Here is a Christmas project that I did with my son’s class. It all started in our kitchen with homemade clay using a recipe I found on Tips from a Typical Mom.

Homemade Clay recipe

Here are some photos from our kitchen while my 7 year old son and I prepared the homemade clay.

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Allow to cool and let the Christmas painting fun begin!!!

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Here are the ornaments painted by my son and his classmates…

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They now hang on the cardboard tree I made for their class.

Wanna make this tree? It’s easy.  Just cut cardboard, paint and put a strip of of wood in the back of the tree  for support.  I drilled a hole on top of that wood strip so I could put string through for hanging. To hang the ornaments, use a roundhead paper fastener.

Spread the Christmas spirit — make your personalized clay ornaments in your home, classroom, or workplace… if my little boy and his classmates could do this project so can you.

Pandoo Foundation visits MoNA

On December 3rd MoNA had the pleasure of welcoming teenage visitors from Pandoo Foundation. With them was their mentor who is also the foundation’s country head -Geneviève Bisson.

Pandoo Foundation is an NGO that funds and leads outreach efforts in Southeast Asia. It is tied to Pandoo Nation, an innovative online game world for kids.

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Learn more about Pandoo Foundation and the wonderful work they do with/for  young folks. Check out their programs and activities on Facebook

The future looks bright indeed with the efforts of organizations like Pandoo.

Montessori Kids visit the MoNA -part 2

Saturday, Sept 10th: Montessori Kids ARTivity at the MoNA

Here are photos of the ARTivity session and the drawings of our little guests from the Holy Infant School (H.I.S.) Montessori of Lapu Lapu City.

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Excited to start drawing, just waiting for instructions…

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Taking a seat and waiting for instructions..

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ARTivity Instructions: Ongoing at the MoNA Studio Gallery is PC’s Roadside Markets show (which features the collection recently exhibited in Slovenia) thus the young museum visitors were asked to DRAW a STREET VENDOR. Here are examples of vendors by Paulina Constancia on the left and by her son Lucas on the right.

Here are some collages of the art created by our young museum visitors from Holy Infant School (H.I.S.) Montessori of Lapu Lapu City.

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Collage of street vendor drawings by HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {1 of 4 collages}

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Collage of street vendor drawings by HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {2 of 4 collages}

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Collage of street vendor drawings by HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {3 of 4 collages}

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Collage of HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {4 of 4 collages}

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After the ARTivity the kids got to view Paulina Constancia’s collection “ROADSIDE MARKETS/Tindahan sa Dalan” at the MoNA Studio Gallery. This collection was just recently exhibited at the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Slovenia.

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Kids proudly showing their Street Vendor drawings…

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More kids and their drawings…

Thank you Holy Infant School (HIS) Montessori for making us a part of your Cebu City educational tour. We hope your visit to the MoNA will inspire you in art and life! Hope to see you again!