Wednesday, July 28, 2010

print making with muffin tins

Following our print making with tiles, we tried our hand at print making using muffin tins.  

I was inspired by this post at Paint Cut Paste.

All you need is:
  • A selection of muffin trays or cake tins (cheap as chips from Op Shops)
  • A couple of colours of paint
  • Wide brushes
  • Q tips (or similar pointy objects to make marks in paint)
  • White sheets of paper
The children paint the base of the tins, and use the q tips to make patterns in the paint.  The tins are turned over and pressed gently onto the paper. 


I found that the larger cake tins were more successful for our younger children who are still very much into putting as much paint onto a surface as possible, and using larger arm motions to paint and make patterns. 

Our older children enjoyed experimenting with different sizes of pans, including saucepans from the home corner.

Happy printing!


  1. I love the printmaking ideas - I have never tried this before - thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I had thought about using muffin tins like this and wondered how it would work - now I see! I had not thought about using other pans in this way. This looks like fun!

  3. We've use lots of different things for print making jenny but I've got to admit pots and pans had never entered my mind ... until now of course! Thanks.
    Donna :) :)

  4. We did this at our family day at the park. The kids had so much fun. We used pin tins and cake pans. The children used Q-tips to make a design and presto chang -o they had a design. Very cool and fun!

  5. That looks like so much fun-I love the results.

  6. I love learning ideas like this that I can keep under my belt when I'm in a pinch. I'll always have all of those materials at hand. Simple is usually the best, right? Thanks!