• Printmaking is putting pigment from one surface on to another.
  • Printmaking is often about making multiples.
  • Printmaking can be the art of the unexpected!  There are many surprises when you print.
  • Printmaking can be the art of second chances: you can print and print again until you get the results you want.

Beginning Printmaking for Centers:

Students are encouraged to experiment with various sorts of paper:

  • Heavy white paper
  • Colored paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Discarded art work
  • Newspaper


  • Simple rubber stamps
  • Watercolor markers
  • Stamp pads

The raised part of the rubber stamp can be colored with watercolor markers or by using a stamp pad.  Students can stamp on other artwork or make designs entirely of stamped shapes.  Attention to pattern, repetition, overlapping, symmetry/assymmetry and varying the amount of pigment leads to interesting stamped prints.


Monoprints create one copy that is reversed. It is important to work quickly so that pigment stays wet.

1. Folded paper: thick tempera paint on one side of a folded paper, fold quickly.  Add one color at a time, then fold, to build up a complex design.
2. Tempera on Plexiglas: Paint with thick tempera on Plexiglas  or other smooth surface.  Alter by scratching with sticks or sponging some areas. Print quickly before the paint dries.
3. Fingerpaint on Plexiglas: students should keep one hand clean for applying and rubbing the paper.
4. Monoprints with block print ink: apply smooth layer of ink  on Plexiglas using brayer. Scratch with various tools before printing.
5. Dry monoprints lend themselves to reworking.  Colored pencil and oil pastel can invigorate a dry print.  Trimming and using for collage works well also.


Students fold tag board scraps before cutting a simple shape.  Stencils can be printed using sponged paint, “bingo” markers or wiped chalk.  Attention to positive and negative space, pattern, repetition, symmetry/asymmetry makes for effective stenciled designs.