If you are fascinated with ancient Egypt, you might want to try your hand at creating art pieces that are inspired by Egyptian art and artefacts. The Egyptians were known for their artistic murals, sculptures, hieroglyphs and their elegant dress. They also made beautiful jewellery pieces which were worn by both men and women. To show your appreciation for the great artefacts of Egypt you can create your own Egyptian mural or, if you are looking for a more craft-like Egyptian art project, try making an Egyptian-style necklace.
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Things you need
- History and picture books
- Pencil and paper
- Art projector or projector
- Art transparency
- Paint brushes
- Acrylic paint
- Beading wire
- Beading mat
- Radiating cut beads
- Round separator beads
- S clasp
- Crimp beads
- Needle nose pliers
Find pictures of several Egyptian murals. The Egyptians often used murals in their palaces and tombs depicting scenes featuring their deities or of everyday life. Decide whether you want to paint a mural with the Egyptian gods, or of an Egyptian domestic scene. Find pictures in history books, picture books or look for Egyptian clip art online.
Draw one of the Egyptian scenes portraying the Egyptian gods or any other famous Egyptian wall mural scene. Add as much detail to your drawing as you possibly can. Note the particular characteristics of each god. For example, Horus, the god of the sky, had the head of a falcon and a rounded headdress. Make your drawing as precise as possible. Make reference copies off the Egyptian murals so you can refer to them when painting your own mural.
Take your drawing to a copy shop and ask for a black-and-white transparency of it.
Place the transparency on an overhead projector or an art projector. Turn on the projector and project the image on the wall that you want to paint.
Trace the lines of your final drawing on the wall with a pencil.
Paint the mural with acrylic paints. Tape your reference pictures on the wall next to the mural. Outlined pencil marks with the appropriate paint so that you know where the marks should be. Fill in the painted outlines carefully, using only those colours used by the ancient Egyptians, which were blue, red, green, yellow, white and black.
Cut a 55-cm (22-inch) piece of beading wire.
Lay a strand of beads, previously cut in a radiating pattern, on the beading mat. Cut the string that the beads come on and shape the beads into the Cleopatra necklace style.
Place small, round separator beads between every three to four radiating beads. Place these on the mat in the appropriate place.
String all the beads together when you have the desired design. Add an "S" clasp and crimp beads on the ends of the beading wire. Don't leave spaces between the beads.
Crimp the crimp beads and cut off the excess wire.
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