9. Roll on PRINT Making

9. Roll on PRINT Making

The Whale Shark is similar to its cousin the Basking Shark, the largest in the UK seas. They are filter feeders (eating plankton) so no need to fear their enormous jaws!  We had so much fun making these DIY Print rollers that we used the same activity to make many different prints, from mermaid tails to scales for fish, check out our instagram page for some print inspired ideas. 

Follow these simple steps to make your own print rollers.   

You will need: 

  • A3 or A4 cardstock or a cereal box. You can use any card, cereal boxes have the perfect amount of sturdiness and bend or a roughly 280gsm cardstock works well too. 
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft foam or single sided adhesive foam (younger kids can peel and stick rather than glue)
  • Any cylinder shaped object (cardboard roll, tube of pringles).
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Step 1
Cut shapes from your single sided adhesive foam or your craft foam. For this example the kids where age 5 so they were able to cut uneven strips and triangles to resemble the markings on a Whale Shark. Depending on their age they could cut more or less complex shapes. Have fun with it though, the exciting part is seeing what pattern your shapes make.

Step 2
Stick the foam cut outs to your roll, ensuring to leave space on either side to hold firmly. 

Step 3
Use either your cardstock as is or apply paint, we used a greyish blue acrylic to get the perfect Whale Shark tone. We love these paint rollers as they are easy an quick for little hands. 

Step 4
Apply acrylic paint to your print roller, hold firmly and roll over the prepared cardstock. 

Step 5
Trace out the desired animal and cut. Our Whale Shark is a fairly simply shape, we folded down the fins and added more on top to make it more realistic. We also folded a strip of card into a roll and stuck it under the head for the filter feeders gigantic mouth!