Citrus printing process art is an easy art project for children. It is a super fun technique for kids to practice stamping, using art materials, and exploring their creativity.
Citrus Printing Process Art for Kids
Citrus Printing Process Art: Materials
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- Citrus fruits (we used an orange, lemon, and lime)
- Grapefruit spoon and/or paring knife
- Tempura paints
- Paint brushes
- Paper plates or muffin tins
- Art smock
Citrus Printing Process Art: Preparation
There are several ways to prepare citrus printing process art. After you cut the citrus fruits that you will be using in half, there are three different ways you can prepare them to paint.
First, you can choose to leave them as is and paint with them as they are. This is the messiest option because the fruit juice mixes with the paint the most. When printed the paint will first appear in giant blobs. They begin to show more of the details once the juice runs dry.
Second, you can choose to gently squeeze the juice out of each half. This is a bit less juicy and shows some fun details of the citrus fruits when the paint is used sparingly.
Third, you can choose to cut the juice sac out of each segment using a grapefruit spoon or a paring knife. This leaves the pattern of the citrus membranes intact for the printing process. This made our favorite prints but took a bit more time and effort.
Once you have prepared the citrus fruit you have another choice to make. You can either place each paint color on small plates to dip the fruit into, or you can choose to place the paint colors in a muffin tray and use paint brushes to paint the citrus fruits before using to print.
My daughter chose to paint the citrus fruits because she loves to paint things.
No matter which method you use, it is best to stamp the citrus fruits several times before re-applying paint. The prints begin to look much clearer after they have been stamped a few times.
Citrus Printing Process Art: Directions
Set out the prepared citrus fruits, paints, paint brushes, and paper. Invite you children to try citrus printing process art. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Allow the child to use the materials in whatever way works for them. Emphasize process over product.
If this is the first time your children have ever tried printing or stamping, demonstrate how to do it before inviting them to give it a try. Children learn best by watching and imitating others.
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Citrus printing process art is an easy art project and painting idea for children. It is a super fun art technique for kids to learn to use paints and art materials, explore their creativity, and practice stamping to make art. A simple homeschool art lesson for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages!
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