Author, artist, illustrator and paper fantatic Skye Rogers, a guest at The Stiches & Craft Show in Sydney shows us how to create this beautiful bird out of leftover paper – perfect for a magnet or a badge!
You will need
Pieces of 300gsm card in various colours and/or patterns, (or thinner sheets, which you can adhere to thicker card stock for more ballast).
Pencils 3B and sharp HB
Utility knife for adults and small sharp scissors for kids
PVA glue or glue stick
Light sandpaper or a sanding block (optional)
Magnet or badge attachment
Coloured pencils, optional
1. Using the template, carefully trace the various parts of your bird onto the tracing paper.
2. Transfer the bird parts onto your card. I do this the old fashioned way by rubbing a 3B pencil over the back of the tracing paper following the lines that are on the front side.
3. Place the tracing paper on the card with the pencilled rubbing facing down, then with your sharp HB pencil go over the lines of the template. The pencil rubbing will leave an outline on the card.
4. Carefully cut out the different parts using your utility knife or scissors. Use a small sanding block if you fancy it or a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a matchbox to tidy up any daggy edges.
5. Before gluing the pieces into place, make sure you are clear about the order in which to glue them down. Using full-strength PVA glue or good quality glue stick:
6. Start by making the separate ‘wing’ piece. Glue the ‘long’ tail pieces (2) behind the ‘shorter ones (3) and then glue them behind number 1, the ‘umbrella’ that will keep them all together.
7. Glue down number 4 onto where the beak would be on the main body part, which is number 6 ( I have given you a bit extra so you can angle it a bit to suit, simply cut off any overhang).
8. Glue down the extra body pattern (5) over the top of 4 and 6.
9. Adhere the separate wing piece you’ve made (perhaps let this dry separately for a bit so it doesn’t move too much while handling it).
10. Carefully press all the pieces firmly down, and perhaps put your birdy under a pile of heavy books overnight.
11. Attach a button to serve as an eye, and glue a magnet or a badge fitting to the back with PVA glue and allow to dry before turning over.
For more information on the Stitches and Craft Show in your capital city visit www.stitchesandcraft.net.au.