I have always loved working with clay. It’s one of those things I can get my hands into and zone out for hours. I made a DIY clay bird and feather wall hanging out of clay to share with you.If you’ve never worked with Paperclay , it’s a pretty awesome medium. It’s very mold-able and very forgiving, and dries really fast. I love making art dolls with it as well. Which reminds me, I have a class coming up soon, details to follow!!!
To cut out the birds, I used an image from the Graphics Fairy as a template.
I just traced around it, removed the excess clay, and patted down any rough edges. Paperclay takes about a day to dry before it’s ready for paint.
I like working on wax paper when I clay play with it because it’s very easy to move it, or remove it off your surface. And it makes the clean up really easy.
To make the feathers, I make a “snake” and pressed it flat.
Then I took a clay tool, or a flat edge and pressed it into the clay angling the edge upward.
Once they were completely dry, I painted them with acrylic paint.
After the first coats fry, you can get fancy and decorate them however you like!
I got a little fancy with the feathers. 🙂
I also added scrapbooking grommets
Once everything is dry, you are ready to hang. I used a branch form my yard, and embroidery floss. The floss had a more delicate feel than twine or string.
I picked a pale pink color and tied it with a modified blanket stitch.
I staggered the heights of the birds and feathers.
I also painted the birds a bit fancy too.
It adds a nice pop of color against a white wall.
If you’ve never worked with paperclay, it’s something to really get out and dig into. I think it fulfills that whole “playing with mud” thing I used to do as a child. 🙂
I hope you grab some clay and try this DIY clay bird and feather wall hanging!
You can find the Graphics fairy bird image here.
You can find Paperclay
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