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Jonni, Getting Some Help From Her Friends

Jonni, Getting Some Help From Her Friends

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.

I’m obsessed with both animals and art – as you can see from the photo, 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 also hear that 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. Doing the research required for drawing and sculpting animals is almost as fun as doing the artwork, because it allows me to learn so much about the natural world.

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. In addition to creating my paper mache animal sculptures, I also write tutorials showing how you can make them, too. And I’m  the author of the new book How to Make Masks! My previous books are Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay, (that piglet at the top of this blog is one of the projects in the book), and Endangered Animals Color and Learn Book.

Enjoy the site, create your sculptures, and join the conversation. I’m glad you stopped by.

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215 Comments

  • Hi Jonni – I am finishing my masters this year in Sculpture – I am working mostly from home and I’ve found I like paper mache the best – I have really enjoyed your site and the recipes and have experimented with several. Right now I am making figures and a larger tree and will be making some larger figures. I met someone who used papercrete and I wondered if you’d experimented with that yet? I want to make figures for outdoors but am concerned they will be too heavy to use for my masters show….not sure how thick paper crete has to be to prevent breakage….thanks for your generosity to share your knowledge – you’ve been an inspiration…..

  • Hello , I am a student from Taiwan. Currently a high school sophomore , studying the design department , we have a graduation exhibition , and my chosen theme is animals, just unexpected to see your work , I feel great is very unique, so I can see more different animal presentation , I would like to ask you , when you are doing these works when trying to convey the idea of ??what is it ?

  • I feel upset because i was paper maching a balloon and now its gone wrinkly im not sure what to do start again or find an idea.i think i might use masking tape but i will have to use allot because it is wrinkly all over

    • That always happens to me, too, when using paper mache over a balloon. I know a lot of people use them for their sculptures, but I’ve never been able to get it to work. I did use a balloon for my Humpty Dumpty, but I cheated and put on a layer of plaster cloth first. Your masking tape idea seems like it might work, if the paper mache is completely dry.

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