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Diptych – An artwork made in the form of two painted or carved panels

(Pronounced dip-tik)

To remember what diptych means we use the following mnemonic:

She dipped both feet and got two ticks (diptych) for making two paintings by pressing each foot onto a different canvas. They looked great side-by-side.

She dipped both feet and got two ticks (diptych) for making two paintings by pressing each foot onto a different canvas. They looked great side-by-side.

Diptych is the same principal as triptych ("di" meaning two and "ptych" meaning fold in Greek. Di-ptych = two-fold).

Diptych is the same principal as triptych ("di" meaning two and "ptych" meaning fold in Greek. Di-ptych = two-fold).

Above is a diptych titled Devotional Diptych with the Nativity and the Adoration by an unknown artist in approximately 1500.

For this project, try making a more traditional diptych. 

Find two shoe box lids, which are both the same size.

Find two shoe box lids, which are both the same size.

On paper, plan your paintings. 

On paper, plan your paintings. 

Next, copy your paintings onto the inside of the shoe box lids. Try to incorporate some gold in your painting, traditional religious diptychs often heavily feature gold.

Next, copy your paintings onto the inside of the shoe box lids.

To make a hinge to attach the lids together - when the lids are closed together, stick a piece of masking tape along one edge. 

To make a hinge to attach the lids together - when the lids are closed together, stick a piece of masking tape along one edge. 

Finally, paint the outside and in inside edges of the lid in gold (or whichever colour you think will go well with your paintings). 

Finally, paint the outside and in inside edges of the lid in gold (or whichever colour you think will go well with your paintings). 

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