Many Native American artists use animal bones and
ivory in their art. One of the most popular uses is to
carve pictures onto them. The artists stain the bone
or ivory to bring out the highlights of their etching.
This type of art is known as scrimshaw.
- Materials you'll need
- paperand pencil
- cutting board
- large, soft bar of white, floating soap
- plastic knife
- black water-based paint
Sketch an outline of your scrimshaw on a piece of paper.
Place the soap on the cutting board. Using the plastic knife, scrape away the soap's brand name. Lay your scrimshaw outline on the soap. Trace the outline onto the soap using the plastic knife.
Use the plastic knife to shape the soap and to carve the details. After the soap is carved, paint the carved areas with black water-based paint. Allow to dry for three minutes.
Lightly run water over the soap to remove excess paint. The paint should remain in the carved areas. Let the bar of soap dry for at least two hours.
Share your carved creation with family and friends!