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Printmaking with Foam Stamps
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Foam stamps are great for making repeating patterns, like the vibrant swirl pattern above!
Credit: Missy Maxwell

Hello, it's Missy, an artist and guest blogger here at PBS KIDS Utah. As you may have heard me say before, one of my favorite types of art is printmaking. Printmaking involves transferring an image from one place to another. Today I am going to teach you how to do some printmaking with your very own handmade foam stamp. 

Supplies: White paper, cardboard, paint, paintbrush, hot glue gun, craft foam, scissors, a pen, and a paint palette



  • White copy paper
  • Cardboard
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Craft foam
  • Scrap paper/paper plate (for a palette)
  • Pen
  • Scissors


A step-by-step guide to printmaking with foam stamps! See below for more detailed instructions



  1. Gather your supplies and plug in your hot glue gun.
  2. Use your pen to draw a design for your stamp on your craft foam (I chose a swirl).
  3. Use your scissors to cut out your design.
  4. Lay your design on the cardboard. Use your pen to trace around the outside of the design, leaving about ¼ or ½ inch extra space. Use your scissors to cut this shape (the back of your stamp) out of the cardboard.
  5. Have a parent help use the hot glue gun to glue your design to the cardboard stamp back.
  6. Let the glue dry for a few minutes (I created a second stamp out of the part I cut out of my swirl). You made a stamp!
  7. Squeeze some craft paint onto your palette. Use your paintbrush to apply paint to the foam of your stamp.
  8. Stamp it onto your white paper for your first print. Stamp a second time for a lighter print called a “ghost print.”
  9. Load your stamp with a new color of paint.
  10. Stamp again.
  11. You can overlap your stamping to create an interesting piece of art.
  12. Stamp again and again. Now you have beautiful artwork created with your very own stamps!



You can try multiple colors of paint on the same stamp. Or try stamping while the paint is still wet to create mixed colors. Make all sorts of different stamps with different designs. Have fun and be creative!