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Friday, 6 July 2012

African Animals - Part 2

Continuing our project looking at various exotic animals, today we tackled the parrot:

Isn't he gorgeous?!

Here's how we did it: I drew a silhouette of a parrot on thick red card, as we wanted our parrot to have a base colour of red. I roughly sketched in where the wing and tail feathers would be, and added details like eye, beak and claws.
This was a bit fiddly to cut out, so I helped a bit.

Then we made feathers out of various coloured and patterned papers. If you have it, I think coloured tissue would work really well, or even patterend serviettes.

We cut feather shapes out of the paper, then folded along the middle and made lots of cuts. When opened out, you have feathers!

We stuck the feathers on in layers, starting with the bottom (tail) layer. Then we added some neck feathers, in red crepe paper, and H drew some feathery details on the tummy. Beak, claws and eye were coloured in with black felt tip with white pencil around the eye. Then we stuck the parrot onto a brown card branch (with pencil wood details on it).

Here it is with the previous animals we've made:

They look great together, don't they?!
More to come, so keep watching :)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

African Animals - Part 1

We're doing a mini project on African animals this week - reading a bit about them from our Animal Encyclopedia, listening to some stories and then doing a bit of crafting.

The inspiration came from this Deep Space Sparkle torn paper Zebras post.

Here's ours:

Pretty cool, eh?

But then we decided to get really creative. And this is what we did:

1. Potato print brown patches onto cream coloured card. (Can you guess what it's going to be yet?)

2. While that is drying, paint a background picture on another piece of coloured card. We chose a light blue, and painted grass and a tree onto it.
3. On the back of the skin print card, draw a boxy giraffe, as big as possible, and cut it out. Flip over and ta-da! You have a giraffe!

4. When the background is dry, stick the giraffe onto it and add details like horns, eye and tail.

We were really pleased with this technique and can imagine it would work well for lots of animals.