I am so excited today to be sharing all three of my Colorful Clay Animal Heads today. You may have noticed them during my Guest Room + Office Makeover reveal. I have them secured on the wall right by my desk. They are the perfect fun little touch to my space!
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Acrylic Paint | Paint Pens | Hot Glue
I started by pulled up an image of deer heads on my phone to help with the basic shape. I found the key was to really study the image and break it down into simple forms. This deer was a log shape for the neck and an oblong circle for the head.I thought the elephant would be the hardest to create, but it actually wasn’t too bad.
Oh the zebra. It really didn’t have any major defining shapes so I had to redo this guy like 4 times before I got it even “semi” zebra-esque.
Air dry clay takes two to three days to dry, so while that was drying out, I started working on the mounting canvas.
I hand drew a simple mount shape and then painted it with Martha Stewart’s black chalkboard paint. I seasoned the mount once I had applied three coats.
Using a thin sharpie, I added some texture to the remainder of the canvas and outlined the mount with a gold paint pen.
Next everyone got a base coat of paint. The elephant and deer received some gold love. The zebra got a dose of white (the clay dries white, but I just wanted to make sure it was white white).
I painted colorful stripes to the twigs (antler). Once those were dry, I hot glued them to the back of the deer head.
Using a dark and light green paint pen, I gave the zebra some stripes. And with a white paint pen, the elephant got some polka dots.
Here are a few of my OTHER air dry clay projects…