Monoprint making is the official term – painting on trays is the early childhood term! A monoprint (sometimes called monotype) is when only one print is made at a time after which the artist must begin again. The process is basically painting (or inking) on a non-porous surface and then pressing paper on top of the painted surface resulting in a single piece of art.
This is a great activity for any age! The level of color and pattern making will depend on the age and awareness of the child. I love making painted paper for collage work such as Eric Carle’s illustrations. Here’s how:
- Set up a painting surface. A tray is ideal. I have also covered a table in foil for monoprinting.
- Paint brushes – you can use a regular paint brush, scrub brushes, dish mops, back scrubbers. . .anything you can swirl paint with! (Look in the dollar store!)