Monday, May 7, 2012

Window Screen Printing

When we make a trip to Lowe's I always look for anything that can be used as some kind of project or activity for L. As we passed by some window screens, I knew right away I wanted to paint on them! Lucky for me they were cheap too! A set of two window screens came to about $7 dollars.

When I got home I searched the blogoverse to see who else has painted on screens and I saw that one of my favorite blogs, Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi, has preschoolers painting on computer moniter filters, which is pretty much the same thing,
and then I was really excited to try our screens!

I set our screen printing space up outside...screens, some paint, paint brushes, and paper, and realized that the grass coming up through the screens would probably make for some neat prints!

We did this two ways.
 We tried painting on the screen first and then laid the paper on top of the screen

and then we also tried painting the screen with the paper underneath

Both ways produced neat results, however I thought the first way produced "cooler" results...more pixelated pictures. We also discovered that the less paint on the screen, the more pixelated the pictures.

We really had a blast with this and we BOTH made lots of screen prints!  When we wanted to "clear" our screens, we just hosed them off really quick, dried them with a towel, and started printing again.

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  1. This is so fun! What a great and creative idea! We would love for you to stop by tomorrow and link this up to our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party!

  2. What a cool idea... I've never seen screen painting before - I think we'll have to give it a try too :-)
    Blessings and magic,

  3. I love those pixelated results! It's so cool that you both got to explore this together. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look like so much fun and we have some old screens laying around...great project for this weekend! Thanks!

  5. What a great idea! Looks like you both had a blast!

  6. What a really cool & fun activity, I hope you realise how lucky you are to have window screens so cheaply available, they are still luxury items in Ireland!! Thanks for linking this up this week. Kierna

  7. Yeah! I love this idea! I have some screen and have yet to use it..until now! Now you've inspired me. :) Heehee!!

  8. Wow! These are so beautiful. Ive never seen screens used before for painting. I've pinned this for future inspiration. Thanks so much for linking up to the Weekly Kids Co-op.

  9. Brilliant! I always love your messy outdoor art posts! Thanks for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party again this week!

  10. Just wanted to drop back in and let you know I featured this on this week's Outdoor Play Party - love it!

  11. The pictures came out great! What a fun idea. I would love to try that when our toddlers are a little bigger. Please link this post (and any other arts, crafts and play posts) to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  12. Ooh what a wonderful and very fun idea. Your prints look fabulous!

    Thanks for joining in with Kids Get Arty! There is another in 2months time - we love to see people explore a Great Artists AND get arty in the style of that artist... maybe you will have a go at that next time too? :-)



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