During these school holidays we have been doing a lot of painting  and experimenting with painting on different surfaces. When I spotted Alisa Burke’s plastic bag printmaking video in this blog post I was excited to show my children Alisa’s inspiring video and give her technique a go.

Pop over to Alisa Burke’s plastic bag printmaking video and blog post for the low down on this technique. This video is  captivating to watch as you see the process and gorgeous art evolve.

Printing with plastic bags

My children were happy to create print after print and loved the “surprise” element of pulling the plastic bag off the paper to reveal a one-of-a-kind print.

Plastic bag painting

Plastic bag printing with paint

All sorts of fun patterns were created  on plastic bags to make the prints.

Patterned paint on  plastic bag

Miss Five was frustrated with her attempts to paint a star on the bags. We came up with the solution of placing an image of a star under a clear plastic bag and then she could paint over the star outline to create her star prints. Miss Five was wrapped with this idea.

Painting over star stencil for plastic bag printing

Miss Eight drew some butterflies and fairy houses to make “stencils”  for some of her creations. Miss Eight also produced quite a few prints without using stencils and opted for simple shapes such as hearts and flowers.

Painting butterfly using stencil for plastic bag printing

Master Six producing a print:

Printing star from plastic bag onto paper

Some of our favourite prints:

Master Six wanted to try dog prints, so he placed a piece of paper, containing an outline of a dog, under the plastic bags and painted over the outline of the dog to help him produce these dog prints:

Printing with plastic bags - dogs

One of  Miss Eight’s fairy house prints.

Printing with plastic bags - fairy houses

Another creation by Miss Eight:

Printing with plastic bags - butterflies

Miss Eight mixed it up with hearts and flowers:

Printing with plastic bags - flowers and hearts

All hearts by Miss Eight:

Printing with plastic bags - hearts

Master Six created this flower print:

Printing with plastic bags - three flowers

One of Miss Five’s star prints.

Printing with plastic bags - three stars

Master Six made this star print for Miss Five:

Printing with plastic bags - two stars