Printmaking is an artform practiced in Nunavik since the 1960s, when the first printmaking workshop opened in Puvirnituq. While professional artists mostly use linoleum, metal or stone to carve their printing template, it is possible to practice at home with recycled materials.
In these activities, we suggest using paint and recycled materials to start your own printmaking workshop at home!
First, take time to look at the work of Nunavik printmakers using these two websites. Pay attention to the themes, colours, shapes and patterns that you see in their artwork.
Then, find inspiration around you. It can come from what you see in your house or outside your window. You can also use stories and legends to find inspiration. Sketch a few ideas on paper and make your draft. Once you have created a draft of your artwork, you are ready to follow the next steps to create your print!
The material you will need: A marker, a paintbrush/sponge, paint, cereal boxes, paper plates, scissors/exacto knife, paper.
1 Take a recycled box (cereal, crackers, etc.) or the plastic lid of some salad mix and draw the desired picture with a marker. If using a box, cut the inside of your design using scissors. If using a plastic lid, ask an adult to cut the inside of your design using an exacto knife.
2 Put paint in your paper plate. Place the stencil on a piece of
paper. Using a paint brush or a sponge, apply paint by tapping on the stencil lines to reproduce the drawing on the sheet of paper.
3 You can use the stencil many times to recreate your work, using a different composition or colour selection. Now, try your print again, but adding it to a background that you drew or painted first.
Don't forget to hang your artwork somewhere everybody can see it!
The material you will need: a pencil, a paintbrush, paint, a piece of Styrofoam, a marker, paper plate, paper, scissors.
1 Take a piece of Styrofoam. You can reuse Styrofoam from meat packaging. Be sure to clean it well. Cut the piece of Styrofoam to remove the round edges and get a flat surface.
2 Draw the picture you practiced on to the piece of Styrofoam using a marker (do not press too hard). Take the pencil and go over the lines made with the marker. Be sure the lines are deep enough and large enough to see the impression well.
3 Put paint in your paper plate. Using your paint brush, cover the styrofoam plate with a thick layer of paint (be careful not to put paint inside the lines you have "carved" with your pencil). Turn your Styrofoam print unto your piece of paper and press hard so all the paint transfers to the paper.
Now, try your print again, using different paint colours. Maybe adding more details if you want to.
Send a picture of your artwork and we will add it to a gallery on this page.
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