Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Seven year olds.

This is a classic etching lesson, which has been done for years. But occasionally children are unsuccessful. Today's lesson process was a goodie. I think I have identified the problem spots. The first layer of wax crayon should be heavily applied. Pastel works well too. The children were encouraged to choose lighter shades so they would contrast well with the black paint. The layer of paint can have a few drops of detergent added. This avoids the paint flaking off, when scratched. We used bamboo kebab sticks for scratching the image and the sides of keys for the larger areas. Coins would also work. The children were asked to identify larger areas that they wanted to remove. This offers a good contrast with the black paint.

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