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Easy Printmaking with Bubble Wrap

For an easy printmaking project, try using bubble wrap. It’s a great way to repurpose old materials and make a colorful print too.

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



  1. 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.

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