It’s summer, so of course we had to revisit one of our favorite lighthouse collagraph printmaking projects but this time with a special twist: we used chalk pastel to color or collagraph plates!
Inspired by the lighthouses that line the Carolina coast, students created these collagraph plates using primarily peel and stick foam sheets. This North Carolina chalk pastel lighthouses printmaking project was a hit in our summer camp this year!
We pulled two black prints from each plate (the prints were fabulous in and of themselves), but the next day the blackened printing plates were all lined up on the windowsills begging us to add some color to them!
If you’ve never added chalk pastel on top of dried block print ink, you’re in for a real treat! The ink dries with a rough texture that creates the perfect tooth to pick up the colorful chalk pigment!
It’s a simple and easy project because the kids just get to “color” without having to think too hard about the composition – they already did the hard work when they created the printing plate!
These were simply stunning! Check out a kaleidoscope collagraph project we did last summer, using this same technique!