Egyptian Cartouches

In art we have been creating Egyptian cartouches linked with our ancient Egypt topic.

A cartouche is an ornate frame around a design or inscription. These were used by the ancient Egyptians to identify themselves. A cartouche would have been attached to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus so they could be identified and pass over into the afterlife.

We worked in small groups to make salt dough using flour, water and salt to create dough before rolling and cutting our cartouches into shape. Once our dough had been cut to shape we carefully carved our names in hieroglyphics using a knife. Our salt dough was air dried in the oven at 180 degrees before being ready to paint.

We used specific colours to add to our creations as the ancient Egyptians would only have certain colours available to them.