EXPLORING LINES – Relief Printmaking

Students use a variety of objects and marker ink to explore line and relief printmaking.

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EXPLORING LINES – Relief Printmaking


  • Crayola Broad Tip Markers
  • Found Objects
  • Plastic Placemat - 1 per student
  • White Paper - 30.5 cm x 45.7 cm (12" x 18") - 1 per student
  • Spray Water Bottles - 1 per 6 students


Step 1
  1. Gather a variety of found objects such as small paper cups, cardboard and foam pieces, and other textured surfaces.
  2. Tape string to a rolling pin.
Step 2
  1. Draw marker on the plastic surface using the flat side of the marker.
  2. Spray the marker ink lightly with a small amount of water.

Step 3
  1. ​Roll a rolling pin with string taped to it across the wet ink.
  2. Roll the string over your paper to make a print.
  3. Press an object into the wet ink to pick up as much ink as you can.
  4. Press the inked object onto your paper and press down to make a print.
  5. Print lots of different kinds of lines.
  6. Fill the paper with lots of different marks and colours.
Step 4
  1. View the prints with fresh eyes.
  2. What do they remind you of?
  3. How could you use these ideas in another artwork?
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