Rolling Pin Prints

(Inspired by First Art by MaryAnn Kohl.)

Materials: Rolling pin; tempera paint; piece of Plexiglas or old plate (for the paint); paper; rubber bands

I finally got a new wooden rolling pin, which means my temporary one was available for the art room. (I got rid of my old wooden one when I was diagnosed with celiac, and it took me a while to replace it with a proper one. Not sure why it took so long!) This was exciting, because I’ve been wanting to try using it for printmaking with G.

She was excited about putting the rubber bands onto the rolling pin (with my help).

She chose the paint colors, and I squired them onto a piece of Plexiglas (it’s from a box frame).

I was going to use that foam brush to spread the paint out a bit on the Plexiglas, but G was having none of that. I tried to show her how to cover all the sides of the rolling pin with paint, but she “do self.” Then it was time to roll on the paper.

And then she got fed up with it all and asked for the foam paintbrush.

Painting is, after all, what G likes best. To be fair, she was really tired that morning and she took a really long nap that afternoon–and she usually doesn’t nap at all. When she was done painting, I used the extra paint to make some prints with the rolling pin myself.

I thought it looked kind of like seaweed.

A few days later, G asked to paint with the rolling pin again, so we gave it another try. This is the result from a less-tired G.

She didn’t quite get the hang of rolling the pin in one long motion, and instead was going back and forth. But you can still sort of see the marks from the rubber band. I’m sure we’ll revisit this and find other things to put on the rolling pin to get different effects. Meanwhile, I used up the extra paint again, so we have several sheets of printed paper for use in future projects.

So tell me, what have you used a rolling pin for, besides rolling out dough?

4 thoughts on “Rolling Pin Prints

  1. Michelle Hulse

    That rolling pin is gorgeous! Where did you get it? I want a nice one for myself (I’ve been using glasses to roll dough lately, but that isn’t often), and I want to get a couple of small ones for the girls to use with play dough. Never thought about using it with paint. Nice!

    1. amy

      It came in a set of kids’ cooking tools, along with a whisk, spatula, and something else I can’t remember. The whole set was $10 at Marshalls/Home Goods. It’s a great rolling pin for painting, because it’s some sort of metal (tin?) and washes fairly easily, but it was only so-so for baking. That’s why I bought a new one for myself ($10 on Amazon, a nice wooden one from Vermont, I think) and switched this one over to the studio!

  2. donna lee

    Smashing cookies into crumbs of course! I like the effect of the rubber bands. And I love imagining G saying “do self”. What a fun age that was to live through. (and I mean that sincerely. I loved watching kids learn to “do things self”.)

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