Foam Printing – Printmaking for all ages

An economical way to do printmaking at home or in the classroom. Discover printmaking and the idea of multiple images using a food tray from your kitchen to create beautiful repetition prints, single prints and greeting cards.

This exciting project is suitable for a wide audience from young children to adults that would like to learn an easy way to create a design using a food tray from the super market and to print it by hand.

  • Art materials for this project

    List of Art Materials required for this Printmaking Project

    • 1 Foam tray – approximately of an A4 size, per two students (one tray = 2 printing blocks).  White foam trays can be recycled from supermarket food.
    • 2 or 3 sponge rollers, one roller per colour
    • 3 Fish & Chips foam trays per class, to roll out paint. These trays can be recycled from fish shops.
    • 1 colour felt pen per student, to draw the design on the foam block
    • 1 blunt graphite pencil to carve the design, if working with older students, use both blunt pencils and old biros.
    • 1 approximately A4 size rag per student, to clean block and hands.
    • 2 small Newspapers, to cover tables
    • 1 old T- shirt per student to cover uniforms
    • 1 cloth rack with cloth pegs, to hung prints to dry
    • 2 spray bottles to clean wipe printing blocks, hands and tables.

    Paint: Chroma2 paint in the following colours: 1 x 2l, black, 1 x 2lt cool red, 1 x 2lt.cool blue, 1 x 2lt. cool yellow plus white to mix more colours. (include picture of paint bottles)

    Paper: 3 or more pieces A4 cartridge paper if printing single prints or cards, per student

    1 A3 piece of cartridge paper if printing repetitions prints, per student.


    • A list with recyclable materials, like food trays, old T- shirts, Newspapers – old sheets or curtains to cut up for rags –  should be sent home with students to bring to the classroom in preparation for this economical printing project.
    • Chroma2 paint has been especially formulated for the primary and early childhood classroom, easy to clean from clothes and paint brushes, versatile as it is good for painting, printmaking and other projects involving paint. Different from other school quality paint, Chroma2, has good pigmentation and coverage, it paints well on other surfaces like timber, cardboard, clay, and textiles, if Textile Medium is added. (watch video on Painting Calico Bags).
    • Some of the repetition prints show over printing of different colours.

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Raquel Redmond studied Fine Art and Design at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., USA. She has also studied Fine Art and Printmaking at the Queensland College of Art Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland.

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