By Annie Ballin
This fun project gives plenty of opportunity to create “oodles” of one-of-a-kind pictures! Because it is great for all ages, it is one of my favorites.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Sandpaper, medium grit
- Cardboard (for ironing on)
- Paper (cardstock works well)
STEP 1: Prepare your materials. Heat iron on high and cut the sheets of sandpaper into fourths.
STEP 2: Draw your design on the sandpaper, pressing firmly. (Remember your drawing will print in reverse!)
STEP 3: Place the paper on the cardboard or towel and lay your colored sandpaper upside down on your paper. Place another piece of paper on top.
STEP 4: Iron the backside of the sandpaper. Press firmly and keep the iron moving for approximately 30 seconds. You want to melt the crayon, but not burn the sandpaper!
STEP 5: Let cool for a few more seconds before picking up the sandpaper. Voilá! Your print is complete!
Once you get the hang of the process, begin experimenting with different sandpaper grits and types paper; try cutting the sandpaper into different shapes; or use fabric crayons and print on t-shirts or other clothing.
This project is suitable for all ages, although parental supervision is recommended for work with (or near) the hot iron. Here’s what your child will learn:
- Fine motor skills: Press hard with the crayons for vibrant color transfer
- Coping skills: Not every print turns out. Each print prints only once; this is called a monoprint. This offers a good opportunity for discussion — did you press hard enough with the crayon? Does one type of paper work better than another?
- Self-confidence: Printmaking offers lots of opportunity for “Wow, I did it!” moments.