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By Prudy Vannier

New Zealand

The New Zealand Maori people have a long history of face tattoos. The tattoos have a style recognized everywhere, but each is different as they identify tribes and families. Several
designs are included. Choose one for your necklace that will identify your tribe.

Paint lesson: Use a round brush for detail work.


Main supplies:

  • White no-bake clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Round cutter (can or cookie cutter) 3” to 4” in diameter
  • sandpaper
  • Pencil
  • 15” black cord
  • Wood beads
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylics: Titanium White DA001, Ebony Black DA067
  • DecoArt® DuraClear Gloss Varnish
  • Royal® Brush: #3 round, ¾” flat
    Paint supplies: Royal® water basin, paper towel, tracing paper, Royal® graphite paper, Royal® palette paper and stylus, pencil

    Paint supplies:
  • Royal® water basin
  • paper towel
  • tracing paper
  • Royal® graphite paper
  • Royal® palette paper and stylus
  • pencil

1. On a clean flat surface, use the rolling pin to roll the clay evenly flat – about 1/8” thick. Use a small can, glass or round cookie cutter to cut the shape. Carefully use a pencil to put a hole in the top for the cord. Dry.
2. Sand smooth if necessary. Use the ¾” flat brush to basecoat both sides with Titanium White.
3. Transfer the pattern. First trace it onto tracing paper. Position the tracing paper onto the clay disk, then slide graphite under it. Hold firm and go over the lines with a stylus to transfer.
4. Use the liner to carefully paint the Maori design with Lamp Black. Dry.
5. Use the ¾” flat to varnish. When dry, carefully put the cord through the hole. Add beads and knot it to make a necklace.


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