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  1. Lise
    January 7, 2019 @ 3:15 pm

    These were much quicker to produce, by simply inking up a chopping board with block printing ink

    Could you explain in greater detail how to do this, would love to try with a class. Glass or wooden chopping board? How much ink? Thanks!

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    • Andrea Butler
      January 9, 2019 @ 4:12 pm

      Hello Lise, Jan has sent this reply for you:
      To get started you will need a roller, black block printing ink, pencil, paper and a smooth surface. Try working with 1 table of children as you will need to monitor the amount of ink.
      I have inked on anything from old tiles to off-cuts of formica if working big. Sometimes we ink up whole tables in the class if they are working big as the ink is water-based and wipes off easily. Individual A4 white boards used in classrooms are perfect and can be stacked too to use another day – likewise, plastic flexible chopping boards from a discount store. Seawhites or your local education supplier are reasonable for ink cost, approx same as a bottle of paint. It comes in a wide range of colours and can be used with other printing methods. It can be easily mixed straight on the board.
      Put the ink on the A4 board (about the same amount of ink as you would for butter on bread) Its easily to add more but messy to take off. You want a thin even cover to the edges, and the children like to do this. When they have the right amount, the roller makes a nice noise so get them to listen out! If you have too much ink, put scrap paper, rub and take off until it shows pale. It is quite a trial and error technique, but as the printing is quick, this is part of the process. DROP your paper on the inked board- photocopy paper works well. DO NOT TOUCH THE PAPER, as any pressure will show on the print. Use a sharp pencil or biro to draw, holding the pen at the top. This takes some getting used to as the children want to rest their hand. A wobbly uncontrolled line can be effective though. The print can be lifted and viewed, then placed back down to work on again until the desired effect is created. You can use fingers to rub and add some ‘shading’ or the back of a spoon can be used. Several children can make their print on the same board, each getting lighter, before you will need to re-ink.

      Children like the effect of adding colour, and the easiest way is to glue pieces of tissue paper on their paper first. This is effective & is quite random!
      They can add a drawing or photocopy on top and trace through.
      Tip- have a damp cloth handy for inky fingers and a bin for scrap
      Good luck.
      Jan Miller

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