Friday, 16 March 2012


I've been off work for a while so the blog has been a bit neglected.  This was the lesson that I left my classes to do in my absence.

 The classes started with the old "draw round the hand" technique, then they drew some of the observed lines.  The shapes were cut out, leaving the thick lines behind and stuck down on another hand to create a collograph or paper print.

       As part of the same lesson the students can also play about with simple stencil prints.

Pupils can also create some rubbings before the ink is rolled on.

Some of the children made group pieces using other peoples hands, a nice lesson in friendship.

I have been so inspired myself by this lesson that I have used these images in a new piece of stained glass for Gallus Glass.


  1. Hello Mrs. Crosbie,

    I found some of your student's work on Flickr and was wondering about the Monet Japanese bridge diorama. Do you have any photo's of students working on that project or any written tutorial for the project? I would be ever so grateful if you have any info to share. Thanks!


    1. Sorry Pat just noticed this post..... We painted colour and strokes of paint on card in a Monet style. The card was then curved slightly and a shorter piece of card glued across the base, which keeps the curve. some tissue water lilys were added and a bridge made from strips of card added too. Does that make sense?

  2. I love these hands, particularly the ones on blue and yellow. What kind of paper and paint (or ink?) did you use to get it to print so easily and nicely?

    1. The printing plate is made of ordinary card. I always use proper block printing ink and am very "controlling" when the children are learning to roll the ink, Many small thin layers as opposed to a great lump of sticky ink. When the plate (hand ) is placed on to the paper to print I always get the children to turn over and give the back of the paper a "burnish" with the fingertips...