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Now You See Him, Now You Don’t


Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

Reach for the Scissors—It's Time to Weave a Masterpiece

By Kate Lain


Thomas Gainsborough’s iconic painting The Blue Boy is undergoing its first major conservation effort, called “Project Blue Boy,” thanks to a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. The effort covers a two-year period during which the painting will be off view occasionally (for details, go to To mark this historic event, try your hand at a weaving project that makes the painting appear and disappear.



1. Cut out the two rectangles below.

2. Cut along the solid white lines of each grid, making sure that the strips stay attached along one side.

3. Hold Grid A so you can read “Grid A” at the top left. Rotate Grid B clockwise 90 degrees so you can read “Grid B” at the top right.

4. Now you’re ready to weave the strips of Grid B into the strips of Grid A. To make Blue Boy appear, start with B1 going under A1; continue with the other strips, alternating under with over. To make Blue Boy disappear into the green wall, start with B1 over A1; continue with other strips, alternating over with under.

5. Snap a photo of your finished masterpiece and share it with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr by tagging us!


Kate Lain is the new media developer at The Huntington.


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