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Bubbled Brayer Backgrounds

Block printing ink + brayer + bubble wrap = dots!

  1. Squeeze some water-soluble block printing ink into a plastic container. Speedball Water-Based Block Printing Inks are perfect for this type of printing. I use these inks for block printing and mono-printing; it's opaque, consistent, vivid and cleans up easily. Perfect for this bubble wrap printing project.
  2. Ink a brayer. I used a 2" Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers; it rolls effortlessly and cleans up with water.
  3. Roll a stripe of ink onto bubble wrap.
  4. Turn bubble wrap over onto a piece of paper. I used watercolor paper. Any paper will work.
  5. Roll a dry brayer on the back of the bubble wrap gently to get the ink dots to the paper.
  6. How fun is that?
  7. Repeat with different colors. The ink dries quickly, so you can reuse the bubble wrap color over color.
  8. Cut the bubble wrap into different shapes, and use them as stamps. 
  9. Try this * in an altered book * on a loose art journal page * in a journal *in your moleskine * as an art journal background *
  10. Cut into * artist trading cards * note cards * bookmarks * gift tags *

bubble wrap painting art journal with bubble wrap background

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Reader Comments (19)

I always like to see your journal proces. I joined your groep but forget to take pictures all the time. This seemes another playful way to make backgrounds. Thanks for sharing.

01.15.2009 | Unregistered Commenterimelda

This looks like SO much fun! I can't wait to dive into this project. I'll be linking.

01.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

The painted bubble wrap is a work of art in itself!

I love the concept of your "While waiting" group ... I keep imagining I never find myself waiting for anything, but I've just realised that's not entirely true. I could work on something while waiting for dinner to cook ... :)

01.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterE-J

i love this! the making, the results...
my daughter had a lot of fun and i'm with her.

i set a link to your blog in my latest posting.



01.18.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdoro

love this!!! can you tell me where to find this ink?

01.19.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

You can find the inks at Dick Blick:)

01.19.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

This is such a wonderful idea. I'm going to do it with my preschool class.

01.24.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnippetyGibbet

Great idea! I had one piece of bubble wrap so I cut it into fourths, gave each of my girls a pie plate, laid the bubble wrap in there, had them paint on pink+red acrylic paint and then press envelopes on top! It worked great for a 2 and 3 year old! And now we have cute Valentine envelopes to mail our cards!

Great idea and I'm linking you on my blog this week when I share my toddler version of this awesome idea! thanks!

01.25.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjodie

are you selling the heart image? i really love it!
image second from the bottom???

01.28.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlenny

I linked to this post on my blog. Come see my preschoolers singing and printing in a video there. jan

02.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnippetyGibbet

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