Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

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Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Ella the dogPhoto of Ella the dog reading with a girl at the library





From Ella's Diary: Tuesday June 14, 2011

I am arriving à l’âge where reading glasses may soon be nécessaire. C’est vrai! Les lunettes!!  Peut-être I can embellish them with gemstones ou un sort de touche chic. Ooooh… La La… Wouldn’t it be magnifique to spell out PAL in rhinestones on the frames?

My dearest human believes my eyesight is failing parce que j’ai toujours mon nez dans un livre. Peut-être elle a raison.

Couramment, I am reading Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make you a Better Friend to Your Pet  by John Bradshaw. I highly recommend ce livre.

Ce weekend, I will rest mes yeux and use mes pattes instead. I have been studying dog art and drawing books like Draw 50 Dogs  by Lee Ames and Pencil, Paper, Draw! Dogs  by Steve Harpster to get a good sense of  la physique du chien. Voilà! Mon projet d’art: Sculpture de Chien:

Les matériaux :

  • A palm-size portion of molding Crayola Clay (non-toxic, air-drying)
  • ½ of a Pipe Cleaner
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic wrap
  • 5” square of cardboard

Les procédures:

  1. Wrap the plastic around the piece of cardboard for a work surface and to transport and rest art until dry
  2. Score the clay to portion out for each body part
  3. Roll a medium-size oval for the doggie body
  4. Roll a small-size ball for the head
  5. Form the clay to form the dog’s muzzle
  6. Add bits of clay to make the dog’s ears, tail, and a small ball for a nose
  7. Set aside
  8. Cut the pipe cleaner into four equal pieces (to make les pattes de chien).
  9. Mold the clay around the pipe cleaner pieces
  10. Insert legs into the body (Note: The pipe cleaners allow you to manipulate the dog’s position and to support the body)
  11. Use the toothpick to carve details (eyes, toes, fur, etc.)
  12. Enjoy your dog sculpture and if you want, then you can paint it when it’s dry!

Au revoir mes amis!

Read Ella’s September 22, 2010 Diary
Read Ella’s November 10, 2010 Diary
Read Ella’s December 8, 2010 Diary
Read Ella’s March 8, 2011 Diary
Read Ella's April 26, 2011 Diary

Photo of Ella the dog and a girl reading at the libraryPhoto of clay dog sculpture