Printing with Scratchfoam Board

I love printing. There is something very satisfying about being able to recreate your masterpiece again and again. Recently while teaching a mixed media art class we printed using Scratchfoam Board and printing inks.

Artprint Block Printing Watercolour Scratchfoam Board

Rubbings using crayons and newsprint paper were stimulation for design ideas. Feathers, buttons, shapes, ribbons and fabrics were among the many objects students captured for inspiration.

Students were asked to make a design on paper. The paper design was transferred onto their Scratchfoam Board using a pencil and pressing lightly. When happy with their design, the students pressed harder with their pencils to push the design deeper into the Scratchfoam Board without punching right through (a challenge).

Applying printing ink was the next step. A Messy Paint Tray keeps the paint contained while still enabling the students to use a Lino Roller to spread and apply the ink.


Placing and smoothing the foam evenly was next. Then the foam was carefully removed.

Smoothing the print

The students were advised not to use letters and words due to the planning needed to reverse the lettering. One student was determined (even used the window to trace) and succeeded!

Using letters

Ink colours were chosen and some blended colours.

Printing examples

The Scratchfoam Board was washed and reused by some students so different colours could be applied.

Printing examples

Happy and proud artists!

To start printing you will need:

Paint Pipette Exploration

Rose loves playing with these paint pipettes:

Paint Pipettes

Coloured water play, as well as paint is a hit. We used them last to create Moon Salt Art and the children who participated loved the squeeze action of the pipettes.

Here is the invitation:

Paint pipette invitation

The messy paint trays are a perfect fit for a 9 x 12″ piece of paper so we used one as a blank canvas.

Pipette action

The paint we used was a little thick as it had been sitting unused for many months. Adding a little water would have made the process easier for little fingers.

Pincer gripThis is a great strengthening action for the pincer grip.

Colour mixing with skinny sticks

A skinny craft stick was used to mix paints. This is not necessary, but fun and prepared Rose for the colour mixing which is about to occur.

Paper patting

Adding paper and firmly patting.

The reveal.

Revealing the print.

Final painting

We managed to get two prints from the paint. Beautiful!