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By KALAIVANI | Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Take a ball of papermache.
Roll it into a form an egg to make the body of the bird
Take a small ball(quantity less than half of te size taken for the body) of paper mache to form the head, in a form of dome.
Use a small piece of toothpick to attach the head to the body
Similarly attach the tail part.
Roll the paper mache into a form of teardrop to form the beak.
Use a toothpick to attach the beak to the head.
Bird is almost done. Leave it to dry for 10-12hrs
Tip: U can use small amount of Fevicol MR to fix the parts together.
Make as many birds u like.
After 12hrs it would look like this, it will have small dents / uneven surface..
Make a paste of Fevicol MR and papermache
Apply the paste on the bird and smoothen the surface and leave it to dry.
Colour the bird as you like with Acrylic Colours.
For the branch, take a piece of wire and a wire cutter
I made a simple design with the wire to form a trunk and a few branches.
Simplest step, just press the paper mache on the base wire design to form a thick trunk and the branches. Leave it t dry for 10-12 hrs.
After it is completely dry, paint the tree with Fevicryl Acrylic Colour – Brown.
P.S.I liked the natural finish with the paper mache, so did not apply the paste used on the bird, if u want a smooth finish u can use the same paste.
Arrange the birds on the branch and use Fevicol MR to stick them. Apply glaze to the finished piece and you are done
Fevicryl Acrylic Colour – Dark Brown 05, Light Green 12, Black 02, Lemon Yellow 11 Fevicol MR, Paper Mache, Wire, Wire cutter, Toothpick