Printing with everyday materials is so exciting as the results can be really unusual and beautiful. Bubble wrap printing is a firm favourite and classic craft, and in the past we have made this little underwater seascape art using it, along with the kids’ handprints too.
I set up an Invitation to Create for the girls with some simple, DIY bubble wrap mits to stick their hands inside and dip straight into the tray of paint. (Incidentally, we ended up scraping off about half of the paint you see here as it was clogging up the bubble wrap and preventing it form making clear prints. A small amount of paint is plant, and often the second prints are the best.)
They then used these to dip in, rock from side to side, then print straight onto plain white sheets of paper. They layered other colours on top and overlapping, to cover up the whole space. They did a few each then we left them to dry.
Once dry I drew some simple fish shapes and cut out two sheets of print at a time, with the back side of the paper facing inwards. Then we stapled around the outside almost the whole way, leaving an opening as you would when doing a sewing project. We chopped up some large pieces of plastic bags and stuffed them inside until the fish were 3 dimensional, then stapled the opening closed. You could use all sorts of other recycled materials for stuffing with too.
I tied the threads to a stick and hung each one at different lengths so they wouldn’t clash too much.
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