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Exploring printing- crafting with tweens

I have to confess the balancing act of the school holidays, the day job and blogging has meant that the blog has had a little less time this last couple of weeks. Hence over a fortnight without a blog post! This week’s focus for crafting with tween’s is printing. There are so many different ways to print the possibilities are endless, the only limitation is our imaginations!! We spent last week camping at Kelling Heath, our go to campsite. There are many reasons we love this site, lots of cycle paths, solar powered hot water for the shower blocks, a variety of local musicians playing in an evening.

Each year I look forward to the free craft activities held by a local artist Adam Shawyer (in 2015 we experimented with cyanotype photography). This year we had a go at styrofoam printing, using natural objects to mark make into the styrofoam.

There are so many different items one can create with printing, DIY gift wrap, T Towels, decorating simple cotton bags, pillow cases, cushions, wall art, birthday cards…

Creative ideas for experimenting with printing. Perfect for being creative with your tween this summer holiday.

Printing with Tweens

Wooden print blocks – this is a new one for me. I think it’s a great project from Mother Nature for printing and introducing woodwork skills to your tween.

Freezer paper – this is not so readily available in the UK but you can find it on Amazon. It is a paper you can iron to fabric to act as a stencil. This T Shirt ombre heart is stunning, what tween wouldn’t want one? Find the tutorial at It’s Always Autumn

Using a glue gun to create stencils – this is a new one on me. I love the grain effect demonstrated by Jennifer Rizzo.

Foam and a roller pin  – now this is a project where I really will have everything in my cupboards already! And so effective, find the tutorial at Alisa Burke.

Screen printing, did you know you can use an embroidery hoop to create the screen?? Here’s a great tutorial from Swoodson Says.

From an environmental perspective, natural dyes are great, I found this interesting article as a starting point from Sew Historically. Reusing scrap paper, printing on top of newspaper or layers of ripped paper are all ways to reduce the impact of experimenting with printing.

Are you busy juggling childcare, work and creativity this summer?? I hope you find time for your creative self this coming week,


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Tuesday 15th of August 2017

They all look great, you definitely seem to be a printing master! I think the bottom left print in the first photo looks like an ultrasound!

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