Do you like to watch birds? I do. There is something so peaceful and natural about seeing them fly around in the sky. But what you may not know is that many of these birds are in danger of becoming extinct. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to conserve bird species. Every little bit helps, and by taking a few simple steps, we can make a big difference for these animals.
Vaishali and Nayan are paper-cut artists in India. Many years ago, they started a one-year challenge to create miniature birds using paper and watercolor paint. They did it every day for the entire year.
Then, the project grew into something bigger. They continued their series until 2020 after 1,000 artworks had been created.
The creative process starts with a simple sketch on paper. Then, different layers are traced from the sketch on 200 GSM watercolor paper. After that, each layer is hand-cut and ready for coloring. Each layer is painstakingly painted with watercolors until finally, all the layers are assembled to form the 3-dimensional look for the tiny colorful birds.
Each artwork takes around 4-8 hours to complete, depending on the detail that needs to go into each piece, such as feathers and colors. The tiniest birds only measure 0.7 inches in height from head to tail.
Through their artwork, they hope to showcase the beauty and significance of rare birds. Vaishali does the watercolors, and Nayan does the paper cutting.
The pair will soon start their ventures focusing on different types of art related to wildlife. Before paper art, they used to create miniature architectural models. They got their first job together in NID as miniature model makers in 2014. After a couple of years, they left to start working as full-time paper-cut artists.
Although they’ve worked in many different genres, nature has always been their first love. This prompted their first 1000-day series in 2018 to help raise awareness about nature.
1. Burrowing Owl
3. Red-Vented Bubul
4. Green-Backed Heron
5. Bearded Reedling
6. Albino Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
7. Asian Koel
8. Peregrine Falcon
9. Shama Vs Satsumadori
10. Great Egrets
11. Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo Couple
12. Baby Emu
13. Costa’s Hummingbird
14. Little Blue Heron
15. Eurasian Robin
16. Sparrow Fight
17. Common Kestrel
20. Andean Flamingo
21. Maroon Oriole
22. Ochre-Collard Monarch
24. Spatuletail Hummingbird
25. Black Heron
26. Tufted Titmouse
27. Blue Bird
28. White-Headed Vulture
29. Black Swan
30. Black-Capped Chickadee With A Red Squirrel
There are many things you can do to help conserve bird species. One easy way is to provide a nesting box for them in your backyard.
You can also plant trees and shrubs that you like so they have somewhere to perch and feed.
Keeping your cat indoors will also help conserve bird populations since cats are natural predators of birds.
Finally, properly dispose of your garbage and recycle, as both can attract unwanted pests that prey on birds.
We can all work together to help safeguard our precious feathered friends by taking these simple steps.