To create Styrofoam Rainbow Prints you'll need:
a dull pencil
tempera or acrylic paint in rainbow colors
paint brushes (foam brushes would work great for this!)
First, cut the edges of your styrofoam tray off to form a flat piece of foam. Then, you can either pre-plan your drawing and transfer to the foam or draw directly on the styrofoam with a dull pencil. Press into the foam with the pencil to make an impression, but not so hard that you create a hole in the foam. My daughter created these drawings pretty quickly....your child may spend more time. (Remember words will be backwards.)
Then, I put out red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet tempera paint with a brush for each color. You could use acrylic paint too. C then brushed a strip of each rainbow color across her foam drawing.
Try to use a thinner layer of paint or the print will not come out very well. ***A foam paint brush would work really well for this!
Here is how the paint should look. C's first print did not come out because she had too much paint, but the great thing about printmaking is that you can create multiple pictures if you mess up.
After you have the paint on the styrofoam tray, take a piece of paper and put it over the painted tray. Then take your hands and rub over the paper with some pressure so the paint will transfer to create a print.
As you can see, we created many many styrofoam Rainbow Prints. This is the beauty of printmaking and it is very addicting. I think they are just LOVELY!
What Rainbow projects have you been working on with children?