Maia had a day off from school earlier this week and we used the time for several artful activities, including experimenting with glue printing and then adding glitter. It started out as a not so successful fruit printing with glue plus glitter (it worked better in my mind than it did in real life), segued over to lace printing, and then, finally, to printing with the rim of a cup.
Here are some photos showing the progression of our art experiment:
What? You don't buy your glue by the gallon?!
Glue Print + Glitter Materials
- poster board or card stock
- glue in a shallow dish
- things to print with (fruits, vegetables, lace, cups, legos, etc)
I cut up a couple of sheets of poster board to use for the printing—one black, one white—because I wanted something sturdy that wouldn't buckle under the weight of the glue and glitter. Then I poured a thin layer of glue into the top of a Chinese take-out container.
We started out by making fruit and vegetable prints with the glue...
...and adding glitter. First grapefruit, then broccoli. We mostly ended up with round blobs of glitter, though, rather than delicate prints that proclaimed their origins.
(By the way, please ignore the 7-loads-of-laundry pile waiting to be folded in the background of these photos. I had kids and glitter to play with.)
Next we tried lace prints in the glue. These were lots of fun and have good potential. We left some glue soaked lace sections on the cardstock to dry with the intention of drawing princesses and queens under the glittery "crowns."
Finally, we tried dipping cup rims into the glue then printing with them.
And adding glitter of course.
We all LOVED playing around with this idea.
And made various patterns with the glue and glitter printed circles. Perhaps this would work to make shamrocks (three printed circles plus something for the stem) for those of you with St. Patrick's Day crafts on the mind. All in all, it was a fun session of experimenting with art materials and art techniques.
P.S. Thanks for all the great book recommendations the other day! You are awesome! I'm excited about all the book goodness that awaits. I've been in a funk this week, but am working my way through it by reading, gardening, and splashing through creeks with my kiddos (the weather has been gorgeous).
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