Craft a Japanese Scroll
With roots in Chinese calligraphy dating back thousands of years, Japanese calligraphy is truly an ancient art. Unlike English, Japanese writing is a complex system made up of several components, including kanji (Chinese characters that stand for whole words), hiragana, and katakana. Japanese is written vertically from right to left.
Jump into Japanese culture with your child by making your own Japanese-style calligraphy scroll. She'll try her hand at painting kanji characters on paper just like Japanese calligraphers and Zen masters of old! A great way to spark her interest in world cultures and art forms, this craft is sure to be a hit.
What You Need:
- Cardboard toilet paper roll
- 1 9" x 12" sheet of white drawing paper, cut to a 4" x 12" rectangle
- Watered-down black tempera paint
- Small dish
- Red string