Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Nature Printing on Day Two: Nature Sketchbooks
We revisited our great big leaf print rubbings today to try out two more printmaking techniques. For the first round, students worked with a partner. One student was the printer, and the other was the helper. We tried using the leaf as a stencil. The printer decided where to place the leaf print. The printer placed the leaf vein side up on the paper. The helper placed a finger in the center of the leaf to hold it still. The printer painted off the edge of the leaf to make the print. When the print was complete the partners switched roles.
After a few prints, when the leaf was almost completely covered with paint and there was barely enough room for that little finger, we noticed we could flip the leaf over, cover it with scrap paper, and press out a beautiful print. We also noticed we could combine these two methods.
When students return to the art room next week we'll be making rubber band sketchbooks. Our leaf prints will make a beautiful cover. Students are really excited about the books and so am I.
I hope our sketchbooks inspire lots drawing from nature. Maybe a homemade twig pencil would be a great accompaniment. We'll keep you posted.