Here's what I mean by
'foolproofing'. The keyblock has no wide open
spaces into which the baren can 'fall' while
printing; the kids simply rub almost at random
around the block and the lines will print clearly.
For the colours too, there were no difficult
I also got a bit more sophisticated with the
colour layout. This print has six colours, but is
done with only four blocks. There is no 'brown'
block, as that colour comes from a combination of
the yellow and the skin, and there is no 'green'
block, as that comes from the yellow and the blue.
When they turned the paper over after doing the
blue, and saw the wide green area that had
appeared, they always gasped in surprise ...
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The image is from the famous 'Inch-high Samurai'
folk tale ...