The summer holidays have been over for a week now, although I haven't actually gone back to work yet, as I am back on daily supply, and there is none yet. Anyway, I have had a lovely week, catching up with jobs that I didn't get time for in the summer, as we were away a lot and I also worked for some of it. One of the jobs was getting around to photographing the elephant I spent most of the holiday making. I was inspired, as always, by the Arty Party work, namely the papier mache elephants. The theme was around the world in eighty days, based on the adventures from the book. They ride through an Indian forest on an elephant, rescuing a princess as they do so. I found a picture I had kept from a magazine, of an amazing antique elephant. I decided to base mine on that. Up the top of the post are fancy photos, and at the end are working ones.
I decided against adding features, as I didn't want to paint on the metal finish.
It made it worth saving all those bags I have stashed away with pretty designs on.
This is the base of the elephant-wooden sticks and card.
Newspaper added to begin to make the shape.
I painted a piece of silver cloth to go under the howdah.
I used nails for the tusks and wire for the tail.
This is the picture that I was using. I made the people with wire and newspaper, and used some packaging that was cut to create a texture, for the woman's skirt. I used sticks and card for the howdah. I made a newspaper mould for the canopy, then papier mached it in two halves, joining them once I had taken them off the mould. I used silver fringing and silver pipe cleaners to trim the howdah, doing the same paint finish on them. I had such fun making it. It is a bit too large to go anywhere though so is decorating the kitchen table!
An Arty Party elephant. They were all this cute!