A Punch Art Chicken Tutorial Too!
Once upon a time, I was participating in a series of online cardmaking challenges, where a challenge would be issued to create a card with a nomimated theme or requirement, and then upload the finished card to an on line gallery. I’m a bit of a challenge hound, and I love sniffing out opportunities to participate in an on-line creative game with other like minded creative people.
One day a challenge was issued to make a card with featuring a chicken. This challenge was a little bit tricky for me. I didn’t possess anything animal like. No stamps. No paper. No chickens! I wasn’t really comfortable with drawing at the time, but I did have a few punch tools that I thought could be utilised to make a cute chicken. On online search for punch art chicken didn’t reveal any suitable results that I could turn the punch shapes at my disposal into a chicken. By the way, if you want to see some paper art cuteness google ‘punch art –insert animal name here-‘. Cats and dogs are a very popular category with some very clever punch art artists showing off what they can do with a few punch tools. But I digress.
I may not have been able to find something to copy in my search, but viewing how others had used simple shapes to make a critter got me thinking creatively about how I could use what shape cutters I had on hand to make my own. So I set my idea into action, dutifully made a chicken card for the challenge and uploaded it to my gallery and moved onto the next challenge.
My original card upload was simply three little sunny chickens popped onto a piece of patterned scrap paper. And then it started to happen. Possibly the simplest card I have ever made, started to get a bit of attention. The comments, the shares, the saves. The hearts!! The pins!!!! The numbers were like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I’ve been posting to online galleries for nearly ten years. In truth, the way I see it, there are a ton of really keen punch art pinners out there who love pinning punch art creations. It’s huge. Who knew? So as part of my launch for my new blog I thought it’d be a nice idea to do a tutorial sequence of my little chicken.
I’ve gone for the most simplest, basic, and least amount of punched shapes that you would need to make a punch art chicken like this. What I like about this design is it’s versatility to utilise similar shapes to get the same look, if you keep in mind the proportions of the body shape size to the size of the shapes for the features. On my original card I used a heart shape for the wing and a different petaled flower for the tail feathers. I’ve since made lots of these chickens and I generally grab whatever punch is closest to hand to do the job.
The other thing you may have noticed is the the one model can be ‘posed’ in different ways depending on how you angle the back and the chicken can to facing left or right depending on which side you attach the details. Why not make one sitting on a nest? I haven’t tried that yet. With a marker dot on a little eye, draw a couple of stick legs and your chicken comes to life. Voila!
The papers I used for these tags are mostly watercolour papers I had painted with watercolour crayons and then patterned with stamping. I also used a different set of flower shapes for the features. I have in mind to make my next lot of chicken with text from story books. How would you make your chickens? If you do make one I’d love to hear about it!
Happy crafting, Theresa.