With this 4 Part Attack you can make your own Miniature Japanese screen!

You will need:
  • Brown wrapping paper
  • Stiff card
  • Stick glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pen or marker
  • Coloured paper
This is a traditional Japanese screen. They've been made for over 1,000 years, and are used to create private areas within rooms.
Here's how to make a smaller version, like this one.
Start by folding an A3-sized piece of brown wrapping paper in half...
...and then fold it in half again.

Open the paper out so that you can see the fold lines.
Next, you need to stick the wrapping paper onto some card. Stiff card is best for this, because you'll need to be able to stand the Screen up!

Use stick glue.
Use a pencil and ruler to go over the fold lines...
...then draw a border about 1cm in from the edge of the paper.
Now you need to decide what design you're going to put onto the screen.

You'll be able to find traditional Japanese images in books, or on the internet. Or you could just make one up!
How about starting off with a background of painted white blocks?

This gives you a great panelled effect. They don't have to be perfect - just get them roughly the same size...
...then paint the border black.
When you've finished, you'll have something that looks like this.

You can neaten up the edges of the painted white blocks by going over them with a black pen or marker.
That's the background complete! Now you can paint on a design.

Here, Neil is painting a Japanese style tree, using acrylic paint and a small, flat brush.
Whatever design you choose to paint, try to spread the design over all four sections of the Screen.

Use slightly smaller brushes for delicate detail.
Here, Neil is adding tiny red flowers using little blobs of red paint...
...and finishing them off with white dots of paint in the centre.
If you keep the design simple, using only two or three colours, it will look bold and stylised.
The next step is to carefully cut the design up , along the dividing lines, so that you have four separate panels.
Lie the panels flat on a piece of coloured paper that's a bit bigger than them.

Leave a small gap between each panel - but try to line them up at the top and bottom!
When you're happy with the positioning, glue them down using some stick glue.

You can mark the positions first if you want too.
Finish by trimming away any excess paper around the edge of the panels, carefully with a pair of scissors.
And that's it - a flexible Japanese Screen!
And when you angle the panels, the coloured paper keeps them together.
For other ideas, how about a traditional Japenese landscape...
...or this design, with birds and a rising sun...
...or a crashing wave!

Try it yourself!