Tuesday 4 February 2014

Printing Pictures

One of the subjects I took at school was art, it is surprising how much I have forgotten since leaving school though. My kids are constantly reminding me of things that I did when I was younger. The other day Elise was on about printing pictures and at first I didn't quite understand what she meant, so of course she had to show me. A piece of polystyrene and a pencil later and it all became clear.

You will need :

* Pieces of polystyrene

* A pencil

* An assortment of paints

* A paint brush

* Plain paper

To make :

Take a piece of polystyrene and using a pencil draw out the picture you would like to create, then using that same pencil, you need to push into the polystyrene and follow what you have drawn, creating a type of stencil.

polystyrene picture

Choose what colour/s you would like your picture to be and paint over your stencil, making sure to cover all of it. 

Then turn it over and press into a piece of plain paper, making sure to press down hard across the whole of the stencil.

Carefully peel away the polystyrene and you should be left with a pretty picture. And you can see the picture that you created should remain white with a beautifully coloured background.

polystyrene printing picture

It is a good idea to use washable paints as you can wash off the polystyrene and reuse again and again.



  1. What a clever idea. Would never have thought of doing that!

  2. That is a great idea! I know Boo would enjoy that, so thanks for sharing ;-)

  3. Grace says - I am loving this - such a fab idea and looks very modern. Fab idea. Thanks for linking to #minicreations

  4. Fab idea! Love the bit about using washable paints too so that you can do it all over again! #minicreations

  5. what a really fantastic idea, we will have to try it x

    1. I can't even take credit for it, yay for Elise :) x

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    1. they really did, not too much mess for mummy to clean up after either :)

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    1. the girls were so pleased at how well it came out x


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