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Art For Families - May 18, 2021

Today's art activity for you to do at home:

DIY Printed Patches

On Tuesdays at 11am we go "live" on our YouTube and Facebook pages with art for #families.

Let's get our hands messy in today's live Art project and create some custom printed fabric art! We'll be using floral designs as inspiration for our patches today. Patch a pair of jeans or stitch it to your backpack.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

NEGATIVE SPACE: The space between, within, and surrounding an object in an image.

LINE: Line is the foundation of all drawing. It is a mark or series of marks used to create an image.

BLOCK PRINTING: Method of printmaking that involves carving into a material to print an impression of the carved surface

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!

 

You can download the instructions in a pdf format here.

What You Need: fabric, fabric printing ink, brayer, inking surface, Styrofoam, pencil, paper, heat source, parchment paper.

Step 1. Start by drawing your design on a piece of paper. Once it ’s drawn, tape it over top of the piece of styrofoam, and use the tip of your pencil to trace over your drawing, applying pressure to push the styrofoam down.

Step 2. Remove the paper from the styrofoam, then go over the pressed -down lines again with your pencil to deepen them. Mind the negative space! The raised parts of your design are what will print, so colour in the space around your shapes if you don ’t want it to print. Cut out around your design.

Step 3. Apply some ink to a smooth surface, and roll your brayer through it so that it is evenly coated in ink. Then, roll ink over your styrofoam block.

Step 4. Place your block face down onto your fabric and press all over it with your fingers. Pull it up, wait for it to dry. Heat set the ink and you ’re done!

printed patch flower

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