INSIDE: Do you need a Father’s Day idea for the kids to make that’s fun and a little bit different? Then get them to create this eye-catching optical illusion with our FREE printable agamograph template. Their dad will love it!
father’s day agamograph
Are you wondering what to make for Father’s Day? Are you searching for a new gift idea to make with the kids? Then why not try an agamograph? “A what?” I hear you say! Don’t worry, I’ll explain…
WHAT IS AN AGAMOGRAPH?
An agamograph is a funky bit of art that’s actually an optical illusion. It combines two images so that what you see changes when you look at it from different angles. It’s the perfect Father’s Day homemade gift.
The agamograph is named after the Israeli sculptor, Yaacov Agam who uses a complicated process called “lenticular printing” to make his creations.
But I have designed an easy-to-use template that your kids can use to make their own eye-catching Father’s Day agamograph in no time at all!
All they have to do is colour in the template, fold it correctly and they’ll have the perfect agamograph. Then as they look at it from different angles they’ll see their creation change from one image to the other!
So download and print my FREE Father’s Day Agamograph Template so the kids can impress their dad with this cool gift!
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What You’ll Need:
- A copy of my FREE Father’s Day Agamograph Template (You’ll find this at the bottom of this post.)
- Heavier print paper is ideal but not essential – We used 160gsm
- A ruler
- A scoring tool such as a metal skewer
- Colouring pens or pencils
How to Make Your Agamograph:
1.Download your FREE Father’s Day Agamograph Template using the link at the bottom of this post.
2. Print your template. We recommend you use slightly thicker paper as this will help your agamograph to hold its shape for longer. But don’t worry if you only have regular printer paper – that will work too.
If you want to use felt tips to colour in your agamograph, then it’s best to print your template on a laser printer so that the black print on the template doesn’t run. If you use an inkjet printer, then colour in your agamograph with either crayons or coloured pencils as these won’t make the black ink on your template run.
3. Colour in the template as carefully as you can, being careful not to cross the lines between the different sections.
I’ve included copies of the two images with the template so you can see what they look like whole. You can use these to help you with your colouring.
Try to contrast the colours that you use in your two pictures so that they are quite different to each other. This will help them to clearly stand out from one another once your agamograph is complete.
4. Carefully cut around the outside edge of your agamograph.
5. To make your agamograph easier to fold, carefully place a ruler on the edge of each section, and use a scoring tool such as a skewer to score along each line. While doing this, make sure you hold the ruler firmly in place to stop the ruler from slipping. Closely supervise children if they are doing this themselves.
You’ll also need to put a cutting mat under your agamograph so that you don’t mark your table.
6. Now fold your agamograph into a concertina shape, using the scored lines you made earlier.
Press down firmly after each fold to make them sharp and neat.
Continue folding the paper as if you were making a fan until you reach the other end.
7. Now gently pull the folds apart a little to finish your agamograph.
8. Finally, tilt your agamograph slightly and look at it from one side to see one of your pictures emerge.
Then look at it from the other side and you should see your other picture!
And there you have it… a great gift for Father’s Day!
I hope the dad in your house likes it! Let me know in the comments below.
If you’re interested in making another optical illusion, why not try out this Ames Room craft project by Lil Tigers?
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Until next time, happy parenting!