Printing with Polystyrene sheets

We have tried printing using polystyrene sheets in the Autumn and it was something we enjoyed and wanted to explore again.

polystyrene printing
polystyrene printing

Peakles is very excited that we will be working on a new bedroom design for her in the Spring and she wants a pink bedroom!  So with that in mind and of course Valentines Day coming up and Mothers Day (UK) next month I thought that some prints would look fantastic as gifts and for her bedroom walls.

three heart prints
three heart prints

We took two sheets of polystyrene packaging and a blunt pencil.  Peakles carefully scraped away the polystyrene to make a hearts design and then a flower design.

using  blunt pencil
using blunt pencil

Peakles then took some red and white poster paint and painted onto the pencil carved sheet.  She had to work fast as the poster paint does seem to dry rather quickly.  She mixed red and white together to make a lovely pink colour and used that on the sheet too.

painting over the pattern
painting over the pattern
mixing colours
mixing colours

For our prints I used a good quality wallpaper lining paper which I tore into sheets that were larger than the pencil carved sheet itself.  Then came the fun bit.  We carefully placed the paper on top of the painted sheet.  

pressing the paper down
pressing the paper down

We firmly pressed down, making sure that we had covered all the corners.  Then Peakles very carefully peeled back the sheet of paper to reveal a stunning heart print.  We were so delighted with this that we made a few more.

Revealing our print
Revealing our print

Next Peakles wanted to do the flower prints in purple and blue.  We followed the same steps as before and peeled back the paper to reveal some lovely abstract flower prints.

purple and blue paint
purple and blue paint
lovely printing
lovely printing

We have kept the polystyrene printing plates and we are thinking of doing a rainbow of hearts prints.  They came out so well that I am seriously considering asking Peakles to make me some for Mother’s Day (will need to ask Daddy to help out with this one!) that I can hang up in my bedroom too!

 

More lovely printing
More lovely printing

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23 Responses
  1. VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood

    This looks like an easy and fun idea to get the little ones involved. Will be trying it out with J soon x

  2. Globalmouse

    Oh wow, my little ones would absolutely love this….a chance to get all messy but with an amazing result in the end! Brilliant!

  3. We’ve never tried printing with polystyrene but it looks like a great craft idea to try, especially all the textures that come out onto the paper. We’ll be giving this one a go at home x

  4. Jill

    This is a really fantastic idea!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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