February 28, 2013

Monoprinted Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day

Monoprinted Shamrock

Calvin and I had fun last week making Shamrocks and Shaving Cream.  We used the same green tempera paint and shaving cream this week to make our Monoprinted Shamrock.  Although our art media was the same, our monoprinting procedure was different.

Note: Monoprinted images are created uniquely and can never be printed exactly the same again.


  • I sprayed shaving cream and green tempera paint on Calvin's art table.  When he walked over, there it was.  He smiled a big 'wow-wee', then sat down and got busy finger painting.

  • As he finger painted, Calvin spread the shaving cream and paint around the table. When the table was covered, he placed a big shamrock made from finger paint paper on top of the paint. We both patted the shamrock into the paint. 

  • I helped Calvin flip the shamrock over. He sprinkled it with glitter for some pizzazz.

  • When we were done, I placed the shamrock on newspaper to dry.  It took several hours, but it was worth the wait.  The shamrock was covered with an interesting texture formed by dried shaving cream bubbles and glitter.

  • We added the big shamrock to our St. Patrick's Day decorations.

Click to get  Shamrocks and Shaving Cream instructions.

Click to get  Torn Paper Shamrocks instructions.

Extend the Activity:

Here are two recipes from Irish American Mom, a blog written by Mairead who really is an Irish American Mom. She's also a great cook.  Click to see her recipes and much, much more. 

Thanks Mairead for sharing your images and your delicious recipes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone!

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