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One thing I have done with children (and adults) that can be a great
mother's/father's day gift is a handprint on handmade paper. Papermaking can
be tied into other subjects, is multicultural, environmental, craft and fine
art, applicable for grades K-12....
This particular lesson is done by having the student pull a piece of paper and
setting it aside. Using a different colored vat the student pulls another
piece of paper with their open hand pressed against the mould screen acting as
a resist for the pulp. This piece is not couched but instead placed face down
on the first paper. Now they have their handprint. Sponge and couch.
I usually let these dry out and mount them on a larger piece of matt board
with glue. Then I tape a soda can tab to the back so the parents can hang it.
These turn out wonderfully.