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JAN 2019

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of the pool noodle hole and slowly roll the entire cylinder in the ink. If you roll too quickly, small pieces of foam board may pull off. With your index fingers still in the pool noodle, roll it on a piece of paper. The rolling cylinder will produce a repeating pattern. Encourage your students to roll in different directions—vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. The first print may be light, so you might want to try a practice print on scrap paper. A certain amount of pressure is needed; a little prac - tice will tell you how much. Suggestions for Use • Set up several printing stations, each with one color ink and tw o o r three students. Groups can m ove from station to station , a dding colors to their prints an d leaving their printers for the next group. This also prevents colors from being cross-contaminated b y o ther inks. • Slicing the pool noodle at an angle will make a cylinder printer that prints thick-thin bands. C ylinder printing is a simple, easy, and inexpensive technique of printmaking that can be done successfully by students of all ages. In this method of relief printing, foam board shapes are adhered to short sections of pool noodles. When the noodles are inked and rolled over paper, they produce beautiful repeating pat - terns of shapes, symbols, and designs. Preparation Cut 2 or 3" (5 x 8 cm) sections from a pool noodle with a plastic knife. One or two pool noodles are enough for an entire class. Next, cut shapes from adhesive-backed foam board. (Be sure to get the foam board with the adhesive backing. The adhesive sticks to the pool noodle—glues do not.) Foam board comes in a variety of colors and shapes. If you use pre - cut shapes, encourage students to cut p ieces from them to make their own unique shapes. Embroidery scissors work well for cutting the foam. They are small, sharp, inexpensive, and can be found in the needlework sec - tion of craft stores. P eel the paper backing off the foam board shapes and press them firmly around the entire pool noodle to make a raised relief printing sur - face. Most of the pool noodle should b e covered to create a cylinder printer with few open spaces. Roll the pool noodle to make sure all of the shapes are well attached. Printing Tape the printing paper down as the rotating cylinder sometimes pushes the paper instead of rolling smoothly over it. Spread water-based printing ink on a flat palette with a brayer. (Tempera and acrylic do not work well for this because they dry too fast.) Place two index fingers in each side • Small cylinders made by wrapping a s heet of foam board around a pen- cil two to three times will mak e a c ylinder printer of a smaller diam- eter. The smaller diameter mean s the pattern will repeat more often . Small-diameter PVC pipe or card- board cylinders can also be used i n this way. • Other materials such as string, yarn, wire (drawn tightly), or rub- ber bands wrapped around the pool noodle produce very interesting repeating patterns. Blending and Borders After the first printing, there is usu- ally enough ink left on the pool noodles for students to make a "ghost print." When ghost prints are over- printed in different colors, their tex- tures create a "halftone" blending that is very attractive. This also illus- trates the optical blending of colors. L inear repeating patterns are espe- cially good for making printed borders around artwork. Use the cylinder printers to print along the edges of the back of flat artwork. Then fold the edges over to make frames around the artwork. What shapes and textures will your students create? David Burton is a professor of art education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. dburton@vcu.edu linder Printing David Burton M E E T I N G I N D I V I D U A L N E E D S The noodles produce beautiful repeating patterns of shapes, s mbols, and designs. 8 JANUARY 2019 SchoolArts A t hird-grade student rolls a border using a cylinder printer.

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