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Free Video How to Draw American Girl Doll Kaya’s Saddle Design

Another Video about Kaya and Her Appaloosa Horse

How to Draw American Girl Doll Kaya’s Saddle Design Step by Step

 

 

How to Draw A Native American Geometric Design Like the Decorative Part of American Girl Kaya’s Saddle

One of the best resources for learning about the American Girl Doll Kaya is the book Welcome to Kaya’s World. Unfortunately, that book is out of print, but a few copies are floating around. You can probably find a used copy of the book on Amazon. On the cover of that book, as well as on the cover of the book Kaya’s Hero, you see Kaya holding the saddle for her Appaloosa horse, Steps High.

In another video, All About Kaya’s Appaloosa Horse Steps High, I talked about how important horses were to Kaya’s people, and I said that Kaya was particularly close to her horse Steps High and to her horse’s foal Sparks Flying.

I explained that the Nez Perce people showed their pride in their horses in the way that they decorated them.

“Katie Harris is photographed with her Appaloosa. Harris made most of the horse trappings as well as her own traditional outfits herself, including the bead work. Some of the trappings are passed down from older generations but the girls like to make their own to continue the tradition.” – National Geographic

Many Native Americans create ornate decorations based on geometric designs.

Notice that Kaya’s saddle has two identical geometric designs on each side. I’ll show you how to draw one of those designs.

Step 1: With a pencil, draw a large circle, like the tan circle, but don’t color it yet.

Step 2: With a pencil, draw a slightly smaller circle, like the red circle, but don’t color it yet.

Step 3: With a pencil, draw a very light guide line from the top, middle of the circle to the bottom. If your circle were a clock, you would be drawing from 12:00 to 6:00.  This is not part of the design. It is simply a guide line to help you place the rest of the design. At the end, we’ll erase this line entirely.

Step 4: With a pencil, draw a very light guide line from the left, middle of the circle to the right. If your circle were a clock, you would be drawing from 9:00 to 3:00.  This is not part of the design. It is simply a guide line to help you place the rest of the design. At the end, we’ll erase this line entirely.

Step 5: With a pencil, draw a narrow triangle on the left side of the middle line. Do not color the triangle yet.

Step 6: With a pencil, draw a narrow triangle on the right side of the middle line. Do not color the triangle yet. These two triangles are symmetrical. They are the same but they are facing opposite directions. Sym from Symmetrical Means Same.

When I remove the support lines, you will see the the two triangles overlap. When you color them, they will seem to be one large shape.

Step 7: With a pencil, draw a small circle in the exact center of the design. Do not color the circle yet.

Step 8: With a pencil, draw a small triangle on the left side of the small circle. Do not color the triangle yet.

Step 9: With a pencil, draw 3 more small triangles on the other sides of the small circle. Do not color the triangles yet.

When I remove the support lines, you can see the design better.

Step 10: With a pencil, draw a rounded rectangle across the top right of the design. Do not color the rectangle yet.

Step 11: With a pencil, draw a small triangle inside the rounded rectangle. Do not color the triangle yet.

Step 12: With a pencil, draw 3 more small triangles inside the rounded rectangle. Do not color the triangles yet.

Step 13: Draw a moderately-sized circle in the center.

Step 14: Using the vertical guide line for placement, draw a circle on the center line, above the small circle.

Step 15: Draw another circle below the central circle.

 

Step 16: Draw 4 more circles.

This is how the design looks so far without the guide lines:

Step 18: Draw a triangle in the lower, center section of the design. Round the top of the triangle.

Step 19: Draw 2 more triangles on the lower part of the design.

Step 20: Color your design. Notice that the top is colored with a darker blue.

©Jacki Kellum January 6, 2017

Kaya’s People, the Nez Perce, Bred Magnificent Appaloosa Horses

Kaya’s Horse Steps High is a Type of Appaloosa Horse.

Kaya’s people, the Nez Perce became horse enthusiasts and horse breeders. Ultimately, they crossbred Appaloosa horses with a another, hearty horse, and even today, the Nez Perce people are characterized as Indians with spotted horses.

“According to tradition, the Nez Perce first saw horses while visiting their friends, the Cayuses, who had traded for them with their southern neighbors, the Shoshones. The Nez Perce valleys turned out to be ideal for raising horses, and the Nez Perce people soon became known for their swift horses and fine horsemanship.” Welcome to Kay’s World, p. 6.

The Nez Perce People Lived North of the Shoshone, but they were neighbors.

“The Appaloosa is an American horse breed best known for its colorful spotted coat pattern. There is a wide range of body types within the breed, stemming from the influence of multiple breeds of horses throughout its history. Each horse’s color pattern is genetically the result of various spotting patterns overlaid on top of one of several recognized base coat colors.” Wikipedia

“Artwork depicting prehistoric horses with leopard spotting exists in prehistoric cave paintings in Europe. Images of domesticated horses with leopard spotting patterns appeared in artwork from Ancient Greece and Han dynasty China through the early modern period;

the Nez Perce people of what today is the United States Pacific Northwest developed the original American breed.

“Appaloosas were once referred to by settlers as the ‘Palouse horse’, possibly after the Palouse River, which ran through the heart of Nez Perce country. Gradually, the name evolved into ‘Appaloosa’. – Wikipedia

“Katie Harris is photographed with her Appaloosa. Harris made most of the horse trappings as well as her own traditional outfits herself, including the bead work. Some of the trappings are passed down from older generations but the girls like to make their own to continue the tradition.” – National Geographic

Appaloosas have a freckled kind of spotting, but the spot patterns may vary. If the spots are large and solid, the horse is probably a Pinto or a Paint. Those are also Native American Horses, but they are not like Appaloosas.

Now the foal has grown and has a foal of her own.

Children’s Librarian Jacki Kellum has begun work toward launching an American Girl Doll Club.

The club will officially begin January 20, 2017, and there will be videos about how to sew, cook, and design clothes for all of the American Girl Dolls. There will also be free videos that teach the history and the character of each doll. Kaya is the first doll for the American Girl Doll.  Expect new American Girl material every day or two.american-girl-poster

©Jacki Kellum December 24.2016

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