Happy Holidays!!!! We are excited about this holiday season. This year we will observe the non-religious holiday, Kwanzaa. In preperation for the celebration, I decided to create a simple kinara using oven-bake clay. You're probably thinking, that a traditional kinara is usually composed of wood. While you are correct, I do not have the time or tools to carve one out of wood. Thus I used a more "elementary" medium. If you're interested in seeing how I created the kinara, check out the steps below.
Step 2: I rolled the clay into two balls and sculpted each part into rectangular prisms. I blended the two parts together and made one long base.
Step 3: I measured the area of the clay and the spaces with the plastic knife to mark the spots for the candles. Then I took the candles and placed them on top of the base. I traced around the bottom of each candle onto the clay base.
Step 4: After hollowing out a portion of the clay from the space for each candle using the plastic knife, I made sure to leave clay in the bottom. Using my fingers, I smoothed out each space.
Step 5: I carved a design into the sides of the kinara using the plastic fork, end of a paintbrush and the tip of a marker.
Step 6: I placed the kinara on the baking sheet and baked it according to the instructions on the package for the clay. Once it finished baking, I allowed it to cool completely and painted it using the craft acrylic paint. ( This kinara is for display purposes only. I will use a professionally made kinara to light the candles.)
Make sure to explore our website to find art resources for Kwanzaa. Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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