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Magic-lantern slides.
Illuminat­ing.
Pen and ink work.
Chalks. Tracing.
Pricking pictures.
222              What Shall We Do Now?
If you have a magic lantern in the house you can paint some home-made slides. The colours should be as gay as possible. The best home-made slides are those which illustrate a home-made story ; and the fact that you cannot draw or paint really well should not discourage you at all. A simpler way of making slides is to hold the glass over a candle until one side is covered with lamp black and then with a sharp stick to draw outline pictures on it.
Another way is to cut out silhouettes in black paper, or coloured tracing-paper, and stick them to the glass. In copying a picture on a slide put the glass over the picture and draw the outline with a fine brush dipped in Indian ink. Then paint. All painting on slides should be covered with fixing varnish, or it will rub off.
As a change from painting there is illuminating, for which smaller brushes and gold and silver paint are needed. Illuminating texts is a favourite Sunday afternoon employment.
There is also pen and ink drawing, mistakenly called " etching," for which you require a tiny pen, known as a mapping pen, and a cake of Indian ink. If the library contains a volume of old wood­cuts, particularly Bewick's Birds or Bewick's Quadrupeds, you will have no lack of pictures to copy.
In place of paints a box of chalks will serve very well.
Smaller children, who have not yet learned to paint properly, often like to trace pictures either on tracing paper held over the picture, or on ordinary thin paper held over the picture against the window pane.
Pictures can also be pricked with a pin, but in this case some one must draw it first. You follow the outline with little pin pricks close together, holding the paper on a cushion while you prick it. Then the picture is held up to the window for the light to shine through the holes.
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