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Fruits and vegetables are nourishing, healthy foods that provide energy and vitamins to other living creatures. However, these foods can also be used for artistic purposes. Food artists carve fruits and vegetables into spectacular works of arts that resemble famous faces, vehicles and even animals, such as birds. If you want to create edible, avian art, there are many ideas that you can consider.
Bird Heads and Beaks
When making bird heads and beaks from fruits and vegetables, you should consider taking advantage of the natural shape and curvature of the food. For example, the curved end of a banana would make a great parrot beak for a parrot food sculpture. The tip of a very straight carrot could mimic the beak of a small bird. Also, a curved squash resembles the curved neck of a swam or other bird.
You can make both small and large birds by using the right fruits and vegetables. Small, round fruits and vegetables, such as lemons, potatoes and tomatoes, make the best small bird bodies. You can easily carve wings and beaks out of the skin of these foods. Large fruits and vegetables are for large birds. You can make a penguin out of an eggplant simply by removing some of the dark skin on the front of the eggplant to reveal the white, interior flesh and carving out flippers and beaks. You can also carve a swan body out of a watermelon using a single carving knife.
Bird Legs and Wings
Many birds have very skinny legs. You can mimic this general bird trait by cutting narrow, long sticks out of carrots, potatoes or another thick, sturdy vegetable. To mimic thicker bird legs, such as ostriches and emus, use the entire carrot. You can also carve bird feet out of thick root vegetables. Carving bird wings involves using a sharp carving knife cut out the wing shape, then etching a "feather effect" into the thick skin of fruit or vegetable, such as a watermelon or pumpkin.
Other Bird Features
You can create many other bird features using fruits and vegetables. You can carve a red pepper to resemble the comb or waddle of a rooster. Also, you can skewer several small, colorful fruits and vegetables, such as grapes, berries and cherry tomatoes, onto wooden skewers and create a vibrant peacock tail.
- "Fruit and Vegetable Carving"; Marie Elsa Lobo; 2008
- "Complete Step-by-Step Vegetable and Fruit Carving"; Nidda Hongwiwat and Richard Goldrick; 2007
- "Creative Carving: Fruits and Vegetables"; Kikky Sihota; 2004
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