POLLINATOR POSTCARD – Printmaking, Colour, Shape

Students use a Styrofoam board and broad line markers to make relief prints on postcards that they send to friends to celebrate Pollinator Week.

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POLLINATOR POSTCARD – Printmaking, Colour, Shape


  • Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Cardstock Paper - 21.6 cm x 28 cm (8 ½" x 11") - 2 per student
  • Ball Point Pens - 1 per student
  • Styrofoam Boards - 10.8 cm x 14 cm (4 ¼" x 5 ½") - 1 per student
  • Small Pieces of Sponge - about 3 cm x 3 cm (1 ¼" x 1 ¼") - 1 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Think of the pollinators you know and what they need to stay healthy.
  2. Use a ball point pen to draw a picture of a pollinator in action on the Styrofoam board.
  3. Cut a soft shape around your picture – or you can skip this step and leave it as a rectangle.
Step 2
  1. Colour your picture with Crayola broad line markers.
  2. Be careful not to leave fingerprints.
  3. This is your printing plate.
Step 3
  1. Dip a small piece of sponge in water and squeeze some of the water out.
  2. Drag the sponge across the postcards to dampen the paper.
  3. Do not get the paper too wet.
    - The moisture in the paper will pick up the marker ink.
    - If the paper is too wet the ink will smear and the print will be blurry.
    - If the paper is too dry it won't pick up the ink and the print will be pale.
Step 4
  1. Place the postcard on top of your printing plate.
  2. Hold it firmly in place and rub your hands back and forth over the paper.
  3. Feel where the edges of the printing plate are and be sure to press on them.
Step 5
  1. Gently lift the paper off the printing plate.
  2. What do you notice about the print?
Step 6
  1. Write something about pollinators or a thank you for being bee friendly on the back of the print.
  2. Mail it to a friend during Pollinator Week.
Illustrated Crayon Character