Saphronia’s New Clothes

Saphronia’s New Clothes

I make birds out of gourds to unwind and let the paint dry on ‘real’ projects. This is Saphronia, the hen, before I gave her new clothes. It’s winter, we could all do with some cheering up.

I make skins from leftover pour paint by dumping leftovers on a silicone baking mat. When dry they peel right off, with a bit of baby powder to prevent the paint sticking to itself. Saphronia is sitting on the skin I plan to dress her in.

How do you put a flat, floppy skin on a round complex form? The same way porcupines make love-very carefully. I use slightly watered down white glue and brush it on a bit at a time. I cut with regular scissors, cuticle scissors and an Xacto knife. You have to cut darts to make it fit the roundness (ask someone who sews).

It’s never perfect-but what is? Nevertheless, Saphronia is feeling pretty spiffy in her new clothes and is being admired by the owl triplets, as you can see.

About Je' Czaja aka Granny Savage

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years, is the author of several books and teaches art. Twitter: @jeczaja FB: Amazon Author page:


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