In the weeks before the school holidays I like to stock up on new art materials. I'm usually looking for something different - something we haven't used before. These Ezy-Carve blocks were just too tempting and we used them straight away.
We tried the Ezy-Carve blocks because they are smoother and softer than lino blocks. We also used lino carving tools, printing ink and rubber rollers.
The ink was a little more expensive than paint. I've shared this with friends who feel that paint doesn't give the same finish and although the ink is slightly more expensive it will give a better result even for children. Ink is thinner and smoother and will give better coverage. The ink was washable although we didn't get any on our clothing.
I gave Caspar two lessons. One included reading through this page by Art for Small Hands. He really enjoyed it and I think it's because he could see work by other children. The lesson also included looking at and discussing prints by other artists.
The second lesson was purely technique - how to use the tools and apply the ink.
Caspar's first print was really simple and he learnt a lot. Although Otis didn't join in on the carving he loved the printing. Thankfully a little ink goes a long way.
I couldn't help myself either. We still have a few of these larger printing blocks spare. It's nice to work along side the children - and share in the delight when a print works out.