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Kamihanga for kids.
Join #lpwathome for this fun and simple printmaking technique!

Kami (paper) Hanga (print) is a traditional Japanese printmaking technique, similar to collagraph.

Learn to create simple, beautiful images using cardboard packaging and other materials found around your home. This is a great technique to explore the halo affect, colour and layering. Suitable for all ages!

In Part 1, LPW technician Kate will show you how to make your ‘plate’ (surface to be printed from) using simple household materials.

Part 2 explains how to ink up the plate and finally print onto paper.
Kate shares lots of hints and tips along the way, and you can find extra step by step guides as well as problem solving tips here. Have fun and remember to tag us on #lpwathome !

You will need:

An open mind
Some form of adhesive – a glue stick, PVA, double sided tape
Something to protect the surface you are working on – this could be a thick piece of cardboard packaging that you don’t mind getting scratched, a wad of newspaper, an old chopping board, Plastic table cover.
A sharp pencil and a pen
A straight edge – if you don’t have a ruler, you could use the side of a book, piece of cardboard or a chopping board
A type of ink – In the LPW Studio we use oil based printing ink, system 3 Acrylics and water-based Akua inks. Either of these would be great, but water-based poster paints or acrylic paints will work just perfectly for this.
Somewhere to roll out your ink – you need a non-absorbent, flat surface, like a piece of thick plastic, acetate, a piece of toughened glass, a varnished chopping board, some shiny cardboard, plastic food packaging that can be taped to a piece of cardboard. Make sure to tape down thinner surfaces.
Some plain paper/card – The thicker the paper the better. Card, cartridge paper or sketchbook paper would be ideal, or printer paper, sugar paper, brown paper or newspaper will work if that is all you have
Materials to use – have a look to see if you can find any of the following around the house: the shiny card / foil lids from takeaway foil boxes, cardboard from food packaging, eg. cereal boxes, biscuit boxes.
A craft knife or scissors
A butter or palette knife
A roller – a craft or printmaking roller is ideal, but you could try a decorating roller
A wooden spoon

Have fun!

You can find lots more tips and problem solving hints here!