Humanise a handful of pebbles? Why not?
LAST year, we shared a column on anthropomorphism, which refers to the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects, animals or natural phenomena. In the world of crafts, what it basically means is that you can bring life to still life by simply giving a “face” to otherwise faceless things.
Some good examples? The Japanese are rather famous for humanising their milk cartons, bag o’chips and kitchen sponges.
The accompanying tutorial shares how you can add appeal to a handful of backyard pebbles. Turn them into scary or friendly backyard monsters with the help of googly doll’s eyes and some strategically placed foam sheet teeth.
If time is on your hands, try glazing the pebbles with bright acrylic paint to give each monster a colourful personality. Line them up on your desk, or have them guard your paper stacks.
Skill level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Stuff you’ll need: Pebbles, googly doll’s eyes, scissors, foam sheets in green and yellow, glue tape, black marker and pink Sharpie.
3. Roll glue tape onto a small area of each foam sheet. Cut small “teeth” out from this part and smooth them onto the pebbles.
4. Draw on eyebrows, eyelashes and add a pop of pink Sharpie blush.