LITTLE DINOSAUR – Printmaking, Illustrating a Story

Students use a Styrofoam board and washable paint to make a relief print for a story about dinosaurs they have written.

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LITTLE DINOSAUR – Printmaking, Illustrating a Story


  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Styrofoam Tray or Scratch-Foam Boards - 15.2 cm x 22.9 cm (6" x 9") - 1 ½ per student
  • Ball Point Pens - 1 per student
  • Soft Paint Rollers
  • Plastic Trays
  • Old Magazines
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Make 4 practice drawings of dinosaurs and plants.
  2. Choose the one you like the best for your print.
Step 2
  1. Draw into the Styrofoam using a ball point pen.
  2. Add more details, lines and dots to create texture and pattern.
  3. This is your printing plate.
Step 3
  1. Place 2 magazines beside each other.
    - One will be for rolling the paint on your Styrofoam plate.
    - The other will be for making the print.
  2. Place the Styrofoam plate on a page of one of the open magazines.
  3. Place a piece of paper on a page of the other open magazine.
  4. Pour 2 primary colours of paint into a plastic tray.
Step 4
  1. Gently roll the soft roller into the paint to mix a new colour.
  2. Cover the roller with paint.
Step 5
  1. Gently lift the inked plate off the magazine page.
  2. Place the inked Styrofoam plate face down on the printing paper.
  3. Turn the clean magazine page onto the back of the inked plate.
Step 6
  1. Roll a printmaking brayer over the magazine page that is covering the Styrofoam plate.
    - or you can rub your hands over the page
    - press hard over the entire plate
  2. This will transfer the paint to the paper.
Step 7
  1. Turn the magazine page back.
  2. Gently lift the Styrofoam plate off the printing paper to see your print.
  3. Place it in a safe place to dry.
Step 8
  1. A motif is a design or shape that may be repeated in a work for decoration or to help tell a story.
  2. Make a smaller design of a dinosaur motif to help tell your story.
  3. Print the small motif on each end of your big print to complete your illustration.
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