Printed Fall Trees

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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Make a fall tree scene using a combination of monoprinting and block printing techniques.

What You Need:

  • Sulphite or other heavy weight paper (9″ x 12″)
  • Liquid tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • A wooden block (or piece of heavy cardboard)
  • Yarn, rope or string
  • Tape
  • A cookie tray (or piece of plexiglass)

What You Do:

Prepare a printing block by wrapping yarn or light rope around a small block or wood or piece of heavy cardboard.

Tape the yarn on the back.

(Our block has already been used in the second photograph).

On a cookie sheet, dab a variety of colors in a narrow “blobby” shape. If you are making an Autumn picture, use greens, reds, and yellows.

Work quickly! Don’t let the paint dry.

Before the paint has a chance to dry, place a sheet of paper on the cookie sheet and press lightly.

Remove the paper to reveal the print.

Paint black (or brown) onto the printing block.

Press the block onto the paper, under the colorful print. The lines of the yarn will become tree trunks.

Continue until you have enough tree trunks.

Cut out the image and glue it onto a colorful background.

Check it Out

If you like trees like we like trees, you will LOVE the Trees Bundle which can be found inside The KinderArt Club.

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