Happy Birthday Fay!
Day One- Experimenting with the Printing Technique
Because printing is such a new technique for us, we dedicated a day to experimenting with the paints, papers and materials to figure out what would work best for Fay’s gift. In pairs, Ford, Charlton, Cal and Ramsey experimented with print making. The children spent time rolling the paint across leaves, feathers and lace to see what made the best prints. After a half hour of work, we decided that the most interesting prints were of the wood grain on paper, especially when compared to the alternative of leaf and feather prints on wood.
Day Two- Making the Wood Prints
Having decided the previous day that wood grain made the most interesting prints, day two of Fay’s birthday committee focused on making the prints. Emma and Seon spent half an hour printing followed by Cal and Mimi who did the same. Each pair carefully took the time to select their wood piece, cover it in ink with the roller and then press and roll the grain onto the paper. In the end, we had 15 beautiful prints completed for the birthday gift.
Day Three - Arranging the Prints
Now that we had our 15 prints it was time to arrange and collage them. Ford and Seon volunteered to work on this project, and were particularly excited to work on it in the Middle Room. The two children chose from the black and green prints and arranged several iterations of each design before gluing them to the page. The prints, the paper and the ribbon were all green to represent Fay’s favorite color.
Ford: Now, can we glue?
Elena: We should arrange them before we glue them.
Elena: Yes to put them on the paper in a beautiful way.
Ford: Then what we gonna do? On here? Where are we gonna put them?
Ford: This one and this?
Ford: I’m putting that here, and that here and that here.
Seon: It’s a tree.
The result was a beautiful gift of collaged wood prints, arranged and decorated with a green ribbon curtesy of Ford and Seon. When we presented it to Fay today she excitedly unwrapped it and shared it with her Mom, Dad and brother Van. We wish you a happy, happy birthday Fay!