We would glue the buttons on the cd's to make our own stamps. However, I didn't feel like waiting for the white glue to dry, nor did I feel like micromanaging the hot glue guns. I wanted something a little more instantly gratifying.
So, instead, with a quick snap of my fingers, the project became CD prints.
- Junk CD's
- Paint and paintbrushes
- Paper (we used paper that was circular)
- Lots of space to dry final product
- Optional: a tray with a wet and dry towel to wipe off CD's for the next person's turn or have a sink or water bin nearby
- Note: if you place CD's exactly like this, you can fit three on a 8x11 paper (if you want circular prints and to not waste a lot of paper)
- Paint CD's
- Apply paper and press with hands or roller to make a print
Each print is really abstract and colorful and unique. It was fun to watch the children figure out cause and effect and also to see how vibrant the colors looked on the metallic surfaces.
Some kids like to stack the prints (there are a couple of stacks in the photo), which is fine with me (these are also the kids who like to fold and crumple up their art...not sure what drives this particular behavior but it always comes up with each group of kids so I'm assuming there is something innate about it...it also highlights the fact that for many kids, it's about the process of creating rather than the final outcome).