CMP Valentine's Day card creations

Printmaking is my passion and is the perfect project for young children.

It is one area of art education that is applicable to all grade levels and which is adaptable in most classrooms. There is the excitement of creating a design by gluing down found materials, painting the surface, pressing paper to the surface, then finally pulling a print. Watching this process evolve from an idea to a masterpiece is magical. This month we created custom-made hand printed cards for our special Valentine’s Day.

I hope that you can try this project at home. It is also a great project for any time of the year and it’s always nice to have a collection of cards to give to friends and family!

Project: Collagraph Prints Using String, Bottle Tops, and Pipe Cleaners

Printmaking Valentine's cards supplies


  • cardboard 4”x 6”
  • string
  • bottle caps
  • pipe cleaners
  • straws
  • toothpicks
  • glue
  • paper
  • ink or paint
  • paintbrushes
  • small pieces of cardboard for printing
  • cut 4” x 12” paper or card stock, folded in half


1. Hand each child a piece of cardboard.

CMP kids in art class February 2016

2. Have the students choose found materials — straws, pipe cleaners, and string.

Boy and girl with printmaking project in preschool art class

Boy in Art class at CMP printmaking

3. Use glue to create a design and glue onto the cardboard.

Preschool girl with printmaking project in art class

Carmel Mountain Preschool kids in art class on Valentine's Day

4. Paint the surface, using one color or multiple colors. Try to apply paint lightly so that the textures appear on the print.

Preschool art project with paint

Girls painting in preschool art class

5. Press the paper onto the cardboard, press and rub lightly with the small cardboard pieces.

CMP kids in art class in The Glenn

6. Pull the paper and see the magical print.

Boy in Art Class at Carmel Mountain Preschool

(If the cardboard has too much paint, the student will not see the textures from the collage. Reprint without re-applying paint)

Repeat these steps for each card.

Carmel Mountain Preschool student with Valentines Day art project

Carmel Mountain Preschool students with finished Valentine's Day art class project

Preschool boy with Valentine's Day card creation in art class

Blog by Julie Goldstein – Master Artist & Art Studio Teacher

If you enjoyed this post we invite you to read our blog, “Creative Art Project for a Rainy Day: Project #1 “Lines, Yarn, and Patterns.”

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