How to sign background in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin by placing your non-dominant hand open in front of you and facing towards your dominant hand. Your dominant hand should begin with a "B" handshape pressed up against the top of your non-dominant hand. Move your dominant hand downwards and change its handshape to a "G" handshape and press it against the bottom of your non-dominant hand.


Example Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

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Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of background

End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for background
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb folded across the palm
Dominant Handshape for background
Fold middle, ring, and pinky fingers into the palm, bring the tips of the thumb and index finger close together while keeping the index finger straight but bent at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for background
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

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