I have always loved and admired the work of Japanese block printers, especially Hiroshige and Hokusai. (Here is a marvelous video about both of these great artists.) Using the lesson idea from Art Treasury, we learned a little about Hokusai, then made our own version of a “great wave” print.
I have lots of left over print foam from workshops I used to teach, so we used that as our plate. Then all we did was take a ballpoint pen and draw an ocean scene that features a big wave of our own design. The kiddo has people surfing in water droplets on the waves.
And in the style of the great printmakers, we made a “signature stamp” in the corner.
To print them, we decided to use fabric paint and print our designs on cotton tote bags.
Roll out your ink or paint, roll it on to your plate, then flip the plate so it is face-down on your tote bag or paper and burnish the plate (aka, press and rub firmly and evenly all over, so the paint transfers).
Peel back the plate and you’re done! The foam plates can be washed and dried for later use.
It was a lot of fun and a great way to introduce a favorite print-maker!