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Plasticine Printed Paper
July 21st, 2010 by Craftylocks

plasticine_print-closeThis is a very easy way to make a very effective print block.

As well as being a great way to introduce printmaking, it is also one of the many ways of creating decorated paper for use in other paper crafts for children. You create a plasticine printing block or stamper that is very durable – I have some that I made years ago and only need a quick dust before using and a wash up before storing away again. If you have not come across plasticine before, it is worth having a play with some. It is a modeling clay that does not dry out – it really does stay pliable, I am sure there are other brands of this sort of modeling clay but plasticine is the one that I have used for years and can confidently recommend . It is available at Amazon and probably art/craft shops and toy shops.

Start with a lump of plasticine and shape it so it has a knob at one end. Bang it on a table to create a flattened surface.
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Use some tools like a nail, blunt knife, a stick, or even a textured surface to create a pattern on the flattened surface.
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You may need to gently flatten the surface again.
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Apply some paint to the patterned surface and stamp onto some paper.
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Wash the plasticine stamper and use again with a different color to create a lovely piece of patterned paper.
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