- Glue Stick
- White Glue
- Crayons, color pencils, chalk (something to color with)
- Blue Construction paper
- Brown construction paper
- Light blue construction paper
- Tracing (Parchment or Wax paper)
- White Card stock
- This Pattern
Step Numero Uno
Take your Narwhal body and glue the blue tail to the pointy end. I used a glue stick for this part.
You have two.
Oh, whoops just realized I added a pointy end to the front flipper (the importance of reading the directions.) Anyways, I am fairly certain that this is the area that you want to place the appendages, so you are definitely going to have to eyeball your placement to get it right.
Why am I having you add details? Because this is the Narwhals magic wand and the coolest tooth ever. Not only is it mesmerizing to look at, but it is a crazy evolutionary tool for survival. Sadly, we have a limited amount of information on the tusk, but with 10million nerve endings on the outside, pores taking in water, it clearly has a lot more going on than just to “attract the females”.
1 in 500 males will be born with the ability to grow both tusks at once. 15% of the ladies have the tusk.
Please glue your tusks (and or tusks if going with two) to your Narwhal.
(Note: A female Narwhal was found with 2 tusks in 1684. I think I understand why this female had two tusks. Narwhal pods aka “Blessings”, are all reliant on the tusk for feeding as a unit, despite the fact that not all individuals have one. During the 1400s there was a huge spike in unicorn lore, which meant harvesting (extinction level harvesting) of the narwhal tusk. This trend continued though the 1500s, with Queen Elizabeth I even receiving an ornate carved/bedazzled narwhal tusk. Anyways, due to popularity I think it put an enormous strain on the Narwhal communities and it forced its female population to enact a survival fail safe and more females started producing tusks. Boom! 1684 rolls around and we have 2 tusked females showing up, due to the majority of males being killed off for their tooth.)
Shading and Coloring Your Narwhal.
Narwhal means “ corpse” whale, due to their skin looking like that of a dead man at sea (according to the Norsemen). If you don’t want to do gray, you can do any other color that tickles your fancy, as long as “spotted” skin is present. Not feeling the dots? Use stars, squares, hexagons etc.
Put your spots where the tail is circled and the shaded top of the narwhal body.
Ok, I have located the darkest points on this narwhal in purple. You are going to take your black crayon, pencil, chalk, what ever media you have and lightly go over your narwhal from the side of the paper to the center. Make sure that it is darkest at the end of the paper and NOT the Center. If you do this your Narwhal will look like a soap tray. The white center is closest, it needs to stay white. (I circled the fins to draw attention to the shading placement on them,.)
This is where that white crayon comes into play. The crayon that you never understood why they even made them. Probably, going to have to press a little harder for this one to work.
Put white, where I highlighted in orange on this picture, on your narwhal.
Take your card stock and glue the big blue piece in the middle.
Draw in your ice cracks with a lighter blue (on the exposed card stock). I legit just randomly scribbled.
Glue the tracing paper to the white card stock. This doesn’t have to be perfect, honestly it looks more like ice when it is crinkled on the paper. Then outline your ice with stuffing (Pro tip: Use the liquid glue).
You can put your Arctic cod and air bubbles anywhere on the paper. Just remember two things:
- Narwhals apparently use their tusks to startle prey by taping them and then they vacuum suck them in their mouths. This is why one of my Artic Cod was placed on the other side of the tusk and not impaled on the tooth. They impale them too, but I thoought the tapping part was cooler.
- Narwhals breathe air because they are mammals. They can hold their breath for 25 mins and go to depths of almost 5,000 feet (1,500 Meters).