This little box turtle’s shell was first made with blue shop towels and paper mache paste. Then I added a layer of newspaper and paste, for no obvious reason. And then I totally changed my mind and made the entire sculpture with the air dry clay recipe.
I figured that a turtle is like a lizard sandwiched between two hard shells, so I made the shells first. Then I made the wire armature, using the shells to show me how big the body needed to be. It seemed to fit, but after the air dry clay was added to the legs and neck, it didn’t fit at all. Surgery ensued.
So, this isn’t a “tutorial” showing how to make a turtle. It’s more of a lesson on how the creative process often works:
- You know what you want to make, but you don’t have an exact plan before you begin.
- You try something.
- It sort-of works, but you decide something else might work better.
- You move on to the next step, and you’re seeing some progress.
- Then you have to make some changes to get all the parts to fit.
- Rinse and repeat.
Isn’t that the way it often seems to work?
And I have to confess – I have more fun making a sculpture (or anything else, for that matter) when I don’t know exactly how to do it when I start. Sometimes, the result turns out rather nice – and I think that’s true for this little turtle. You may think up better ways to build your own turtle, and if you do, we all want to see how you did it and how it turned out – so remember to show it to us when it’s done!
By the way, you probably noticed that I made some major changes to the look of my blog this week. The change was needed partly to make Google happy, but mostly because the old comment section was almost impossible to read on tablets and smart phones. There are almost 400 tutorials on the blog, and I had to replace every video by hand – so if you find the wrong video on a post, please let me know so I can fix it. Visitors have already found two misplaced videos, and I’m sure there’s more. Sigh.