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I am so excited today to be sharing all three of my Colorful Clay Animal Heads. You may have noticed them during my Guest Room + Office Makeover reveals as I have them on the wall right by my desk. Why you ask? Well because I’m in luuuv.
I 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.
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