Inspired by watching David Attenborough’s “The Life of Birds”, motivated by the desire to work three dimensionally, and restricted by supplies on hand and the ability of my hands, I set out to create a paper bird. I was really inspired by some beautiful birds in paper, cloth, felt and maybe even feathers I have seen recently online but David and his birds made great accompaniment as I worked.
This albino crow was done by creating a simple wire armature, tearing paper and tying it to the armature or other bits of paper. I used a waxed heavy thread bought for bookbinding but I think it is a little too heavy looking. I switched to cotton quilting thread and started a wren. Both are torn from inexpensive watercolor paper but I painted the paper I used on the wren. I probably could have spent more time on depth of color, etc., but remember I wanted to work in 3D so I hurriedly covered the paper in watercolor already on my palette.
I have discovered my fingers lack the dexterity to tie knots anymore. (Where did it go? Is it a sure sign of aging?!!!!) So I gave up on the thread and knot tying and returned to the much easier task of applying glue with a paintbrush. I can still hold a paintbrush. Heaven help me if I ever lose that!
The crow is 5″ tall and 11″ long. The wren is 6.5″ to tip of its tail and 6.5″ tall.