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First watch how Bethan creates drawing tools from household objects, then see how she uses them to create self portraits inspired by Rembrandt and Cézanne:

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Handy materials

Here are some ideas for materials you can use to make drawing tools like Bethan's:

  • Card – an old loo roll will do!
  • String
  • Sponge 
  • Objects to print with – like a pine cone or feather
  • Scissors
  • Tape or a clip to hold things together
  • Paint or ink to dip into
  • Paper to paint on 
  • A mirror to look at yourself in!
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