By Prudy Vannier
printing is an ancient art of Taiwan, as is geometric patterned weaving.
In this project, both of these mediums are reflected in the geometric
design printed on paper as we make stationery. On the stickers, we’ll
paint the Chinese letter for “hi”.
lesson: brush calligraphy with a round brush, printmaking –
reproduction of art
When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project,
it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always
use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!
tools – Walnut Hollow #4004
- Wood blocks
– Walnut Hollow Whittler’s Kit #4008
- Wood brace
for carving safely
- Soup spoon
- Paper –
heavy stock, fancy or plain, approx. 6” X 9 “
- White address
labels – Avery 05440, or something similar approx. 1.5”
Americana® Acrylic Paint: True Red DA129, True Blue DA036,
Ebony Black DA067
Brushes: #4 round
- Royal® water basin
- paper towel
- Royal® palette paper
1. Using the brace, lay your block of wood
at the top, and always cutting away from you, experiment with
the tools and their effects. Go with the grain of the wood
and against it to see how it varies. After some practice,
pencil diagonal stripes on one side – only 6 or7, and
horizontal stripes on a side – only 5 or 6.
2. Use the tool that works easily for you and cut grooves
on the penciled lines.
3. On palette paper, put a puddle of True Red. Use the brayer
to roll it in different directions and smooth it out. If you
roll it quickly, it moves it on the palette paper. When the
paint is spread out evenly, load the brayer with color by
rolling it slowly over the paint.
4. When paint is on the brayer evenly, roll it onto the horizontal
striped side of wood. Make sure the paint is a thin, even
5. Fold your paper in half. Position the block in the center
of one side. Holding the paper in place on your block, carefully
turn it over and rub with a smooth spoon. This makes the paint
adhere to the paper evenly.
6. Repeat with True Blue, positioning the diagonal stripes
above and below the center red ones.
7. On one end of a sticker, use the #4 round brush and Ebony
Black to paint the Chinese letter for hi. Address your card
on the back and use the sticker to hold the card closed for
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