I’ve seen some great online tutorials (like this and this), for making stamps out of kid’s craft foam and wanted to try it out. Of course it’s not “real” printmaking, but it gives a sort of instant gratification because it’s so easy to do this. Here’s my little experiment — although I can’t say I really made anything to show for it, the process was fun and I’m planning to do more.
You basically just draw a shape onto Craft Foam and cut it out.
Then you glue your shape down to a wood block or even a doubled up piece of cardboard like I did here.
Spread a thin layer of craft paint on your stamp and press down on paper!
Hmmm. You can see where I gooped too much paint on with that first square. It took a few tries to get that right. Simple shapes seemed to work best for me.
I let my son get involved here:
You could definitely use these to make not only a fun kid’s art project, but also for grown-up crafts as well. Experiment with mixing paint colors and be prepared for things to not be exact.
These kinds of projects are good for me and Ezra on rainy fall days. I think I may actually work on some designs for thank you cards using these.