Bubble Wrap Printmaking

printing with bubblewrapI tried bubblewrap printmaking, and loved how it worked in my art journal class. There were so many colorful variations of my sample shown here. The process can be a little messy, but by limiting things to one one color and (hopefully) one clean print, you can do this with a large group of students and not have any regrets.


• Art journal or 6″ x 9″ drawing paper
• Bubble wrap
• Acrylic paint
• Paper plate
• Paint brush
• Pencil crayons
• Paper towels


PREP: I cut panels of bubble wrap that were smaller than the journal pages so that the paint wouldn’t go all the way to the edges.
1. The students were given a brush, acrylic paint and paper plate. After spreading the paint out on the plate, the bubble wrap was pressed into the paint (bubble side down) and then printed in the center of a blank journal page.
2. After a successful print was made, the students pressed a paper towel on top of the page to absorb any extra paint.
3. When the paint felt dry, the students used colored pencils to color in the bubbles. I love how they look like marbles all lined up in a row.




2 Responses

  1. Billie Yglesias

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve just come back from a three-week cetacean research trip in the north of the Maldives. We visited many local and uninhabited islands and the scale of debris on the beaches was overwhelming. The land glistens from afar due to all the plastic bottles at the high tide mark. The country’s very position with the monsoons and currents means they collect waste from everywhere, but certainly the resorts and locals contribute due to insufficient waste disposal and a combination of lack of caring and lack of education. I wish everyone could see these beautiful islands and the hideous dark side to them. I’ll be keen to hear about your travels there. Such a beautiful and rich area, and such a sad testimony to our disposable, materialistic and short-sighted life-styles.

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