it into a second color, about halfway up. Squeeze out the excess dye
using a paper towel. Repeat with
the other previously dyed corner.
5. Open the paper up when you are
finished dyeing it. You can lay it on
newspaper to dry or hang it on
After trying it using the above
instructions, encourage students to
come up with their own procedures
for dyeing the paper. We found that if
you fold the paper three times before
folding the triangles, you get a much
more compact and pleasing design.
There are lots things that you can do
with the paper if you would like to
extend the project. You can make a
group collage or individual collages,
create handmade books and make
covers out of the dyed paper, cover
boxes, or challenge your students to
create something unique with their
paper. The possibilities are endless
and the results will amaze you and
your students. Have fun!
To view a video demonstration of
this project, read my JFMF journal,
and find out more about JFMF, visit
the weblinks at the end of this article.
Victoria Stetts teaches art at the Montoursville Area High School in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. vstetts@montours-
Students use visual structures and
functions of art to communicate
pages/vstetts/ jfmf.cfm .
• Hanshi Japanese rice paper,
9 x 12" ( 22. 5 x 30 cm) or larger
• plastic containers for dyes
• paper towels
• rubber gloves