Fun OP-Art Project for Kids!

Hey parents, this project will keep the kids busy for a while:

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You will need: A ruler, markers, a pencil and a piece of typing paper. Here is what you do, trace a shape on the typing paper using a pencil. You can trace your hand (now that’s handy!) or a dish, stencil or anything you can find, simple shapes are best though! Then use a ruler and a marker to make a line across your paper parallel to the bottom of your paper. Draw the line up to the edge of your shape but don’t draw through the shape, then draw from the other side of the shape to the other edge of the paper. You have a gap in the marker line in the middle of the shape. Draw an arched line (like a rainbow) within the shape connecting the first 2 lines you made. Now using this line as a guide fill in the paper with stripes in the same manner. This will take a while, your eyes might cross and I had to take an aspirin when I was done because my head was spinning a bit.

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But the big payoff is when you lay the paper on the table flat and look at it from a distance, it looks like the shape is raised off the paper. Cool! One of my daughters said it looked like the hand was under a blanket.

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The paper is flat but we created an illusion, a-la-peanut-better-sandwich! You are a crafty magician! Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!

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