This site is dedicated to helping you develop your creative talents, with innovative paper mache recipes, over 450 projects, and lots of friendly support and encouragement. Welcome!
Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Jonni Good, and I’ve been adding posts and tutorials to this blog since November, 2008. It’s now one of the most popular paper mache websites online. In addition to this blog, I’ve also written four popular books for artists on how to use paper mache and my paper mache clay recipe to create sculptures.
This site first started when I decided to start playing around with paper mache again. It had been a long time since I’d done any sculpting, so I started this website as a way to sharpen my skills by “learning out loud.” I believe there’s no better way to learn a new skill than by teaching it. (Education studies have proven that I’m right, by the way).
To be honest, I didn’t think many people would be interested in Paper Mache – so I’m wrong sometimes, too. 🙂 Now thousands of people drop by every day, with artists just like you visiting from all over the world.
Many people find this site when they hear about my Paper Mache Clay recipe, an easy-to-make concoction that takes most of the mess out of paper mache. It also lets you add details that you never thought possible with an inexpensive sculpting medium (you get most of the ingredients at the hardware store).
My best-selling books about the art of paper mache:
As you look around the blog, you’ll notice that I’m obsessed with both animals and art. I’m constantly surrounded by my growing menagerie of paper mache animal sculptures, and plenty of real critters, too – my pets sometimes “help” me in my studio. You’ll sometimes hear my cat, (unfortunately) in some of the videos on this blog. (I’m pretty good at training dogs. Cats – not so much.)
I started drawing animals back in grade school, which is a very, very long time ago. One of the reasons I like sculpting and painting animals is that it gives me an opportunity to learn so much about the natural world. For that reason, I also wrote a coloring book about endangered animals, called the Endangered Animals Color and Learn Book. You can find it on Amazon.com, or download it for free as a PDF here.
I made my living selling pen and ink “portraits” of wild animals for many years while my daughter was in grade school, and then, as many artists do, I found myself working at “real” jobs for a while. That was OK, I suppose, but it really wasn’t what I wanted to be doing with my life.
Now that I’m self-employed (I make websites and write books for a living), I have plenty of time to pursue my first love – sculpting and drawing and painting animals. In my “spare” time, I answer questions from fellow paper mache sculptors from all over the world – you’ll find our conversations in the comments section below each post on this blog.
Enjoy the site, create your sculptures, and join the conversation. I’m glad you stopped by.