Santa brought Art Bar (Bar Rucci’s) book Art Workshop for Children and our daughter got into it right away! Many sites and people have loved her muffin tin prints and we wanted to use the same idea with a seasonal slant (Yay-Valentine’s Day!) and a bit bigger surface to design! I have read Art Bar for years and love her signature palette and beautiful projects. The book has lots of good suggestions as to how to converse with children about art so as to encourage creativity. Materials Cake pan Paint (we went with acrylics as they provide a bit of a resist to the watercolours) Paint brushes Watercolour paper Liquid watercolours, water, containers, salt, painter’s tape *Optional We always find these items helpful too: Smock Craft tray Directions Don your smock. Paint the bottom of your cake pan. Carefully flip it over while it is still wet and apply it to your page, assuring contact at all points. (You can press the interior of the pan to better help this process.) If you wanted a more dramatic print, repeat this process (you may need an adult’s help to line up the images). We then allowed it to dry overnight. If you like, paint over your image with a watecolour wash. We used painter’s tape to create a border (with half of the width of the tape on the page and the other off) and then painted the background space, going slightly over the tape resist, to create sharp lines. If you like, sprinkle your paint with a bit of table salt while it is wet to create a starburst effect. While the paint is wet, carefully remove the tape. Allow your work to dry, sign it and give it to a friend, loved one or hang it in your own space! Purpose Exploring different methods of creating prints. Safety Notes We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.