I absolutely love the theropod mask from the National Museum of Scotland that I found on the show.me.uk.com website. Probably is a T-Rex, but with those blade shaped teeth, also could be Giganotosuarus. Just the right type of activity for our mini-museum event.
original colour mask, National Museum Scotland source: show.me.uk.com
However, to use the mask in this format will eat up a lot of expensive printer ink.
Fortunately the same source gives us a grayscale version of the mask.
grayscale version of mask (printed on buff coloured card stock)
So I printed this version off……after all, the kids at the event can colour it up themselves. Since no one knows what colours these animals were, we will provide a wide range of crayon shades to choose from.
But the mask still uses up a lot of black ink in this format so I went hunting to see if it could be printed in a different format. Here are the steps I took.
1. Trim the extraneous text off the mask template. This information (with credits) will be on a sign at the activity table.
2. Cut out the template just outside of the ‘cut here’ marks to reduce background shading.
3. Scan the remaining mask into a jpeg file.
4. Upload that image file into a Powerpoint slide. With the image highlighted, click on Format > Picture > Artistic filters
5. Choose the ‘photocopy’ filter and you will get an image that looks like this….
mask is now trimmed and filtered
Still the same wonderful artwork but with less black.
One more step…print as a grayscale image and you get this.
grayscale version of trimmed mask
Now to print some up on cardstock and find a spool of elastic cord to complete the masks.
My admiration goes out to the National Museum Scotland for providing such wonderful artwork for non-commercial use.