Mixed Media Seascapes

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We began this lesson by creating sketches of fish and other types of sea life, using reference pictures and books to help keep the drawings realistic. Students chose their favorite drawing to trace onto a thin Styrofoam plate. Pressure from tracing made indentations, which gave the Styrofoam a textured, incised surface. We used a rolling tool called a brayer to apply ink to the printing plate and then stamped the image multiple times on a watercolor-painted “sea”.  (The beautiful textures in the water were created by scrunching plastic wrap onto the wet paint.) Some goals for this lesson included creating a natural illusion of overlapping, as well as having the fish/sea creature go off all fours sides of the paper. Learning how to roll the ink to the proper consistency in order to make a good print was another challenge!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Bryan
    Oct 16, 2019 @ 23:15:48

    How did the students do the overlapping without the color in the back showing though the color in the front???


  2. uamsler
    Oct 16, 2019 @ 23:59:23

    Great question! We print a series of non-overlapping fish in a single color first. Then the kids made several paper “masks” that were the exact size and shape of their printed fish. When they print their second color, they protect the first set of fish with the paper masks so they don’t get covered. Thus, the fish that actually look like they are in the background were printed SECOND.


  3. Susan Bryan
    Oct 17, 2019 @ 00:04:03

    Oh soooo clever!!! Thanks so much! I LOVE your projects and the work you get out of your students.


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