January 16, 2012

Leonardo DaVinci- Lost Notebook Pages

Tape Lifting Process- A cool easy way to add new concepts to your art. 

Wow!  We found a few lost pages from Leonardo's sketchbooks! 


This unit is done with my third grade students.  Each year we study Leonardo DaVinci and his marvelous significance to our world.  We discuss his mysterious designs, inventions, mirror writing (see here) and more.  This year kids are combining this information with a final project that reflects this knowledge and their own creativity.

They are creating a tape lift image collage with a personal drawing of an invention added in for effect.  They will also incorporate mirror writing (click) in the design. 

See the steps below.

  1. Offer photocopies to your students (colored or black and white) 
  2. Have them use good, stick masking tape to press over the copies.
  3. Rub with fingers or nails for a few seconds, then lift it off. (do not panic if some paper comes up....it will all look cool later)
  4. Place the faint image on Oak Tag paper- I like it because it is already tinted and aged! 
  5. Continue- rub images and overlap them as you wish- fill in spaces.
  6. You can add mirror writing, your own drawings, etc.
Then tint some glue or Mod Podge with watercolor paint or regular paints (be create) and spread over the area.  You can dab and rub it off with brown paper towels.  Some of my towel ripped off and stuck and made a fabulous effect, yeah!  

Some ideas-
You can bind the pages together as a book for a school open house, conference time or keep them all separate.


  1. What a fun idea! I may have to pin this...

  2. I've never heard of this masking tape technique before- thanks for sharing!

  3. what for an amazing blog you have here- congrats!
    totally wonderful!
    this is a good technique. like it. hope i understand everything.
    i'll def. try it.
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    maren anita

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