Here's a handy Art Attack, for making a piece of decorative art.

You will need:
  • Air drying clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic bag
  • Sharp pencil
  • Cocktail stick
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Lolly stick
  • Paper clip
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
For this Art Attack you'll need some air drying clay.

Break off a piece that's about the size of a tennis ball.
Use a rolling pin to roll the clay out onto a plastic bag, until it's big enough to place your hand on.

Don't make it too thin - about 1cm thick is ideal.
Place the hand that you don't draw with on the rolled out clay, like this.

Draw around it by using a sharp pencil or cocktail stick.
Take your hand away, and cut the shape out with a plastic knife, to get a hand shape...
...then define the fingers by drawing lines with a pencil, like this.
Now you can design a pattern by drawing into the clay.

Wavy lines and dots are good...
...and you can experiment using different tools.

A ballpoint pen makes large, deeper dots.
...a lolly stick is great for short lines...
...and a cocktail stick is perfect for tiny dots.
You can even open out a paper clip to make curvy patterns!
When you've finished designing, leave the clay hand overnight to dry.

It'll go rock solid and be ready to paint.
Start by using a small brush to paint a dark colour in all the holes and lines...
...then go over the whole hand using a bigger brush, and lighter colours - and not too much paint!
Keep the brush quite dry, so that you don't fill in the design too much.
When the paint has dried, you should have something that looks like this.

If you add a layer of PVA glue, you'll find it dries clear and shiny.
They look great as a piece of sculpture.

Experiment with different patterns...
...and different colours.

Try it yourself!