Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Snowmen at Night

We read Snowmen at Night and then made black prints of our snowmen on colored construction paper with a black background.


First, we drew a snowman on a small piece of Styrofoam with a dull pencil. The students have to push hard for the print to turn out. You can get this at any craft store or even use a take home box from a restaurant.
Here are the drawing directions we used.

This is what it looks like before it's used for printing. You take a printing roller and spread black block printing ink onto a shallow dish. Roll it in the ink and then roll it over the Styrofoam snowman. I had to add a little water to my ink to make it a better consistency. Turn it over onto a colored piece of construction paper. I just cut an 9x12 piece into fourths. The students rolled a dry roller over the top to make the ink transfer.  Repeat to make all four. I glued them onto a 18x15 piece of black construction paper.
I called individual students to the back of the class while the rest of the students were working on an independent project.
 Here's the paint. You don't need very much.
Black Water Soluble Block Printing Ink 5oz - Click Image to Close
Here's the roller. You'll need two.
Soft Rubber Brayer 4 Inch
This is the scratch-foam board...similar to a syrofoam tray or box. 
Scratch-Foam Board, Pkg of 12