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  • hi jonni, ever since I have seen your website I have been creating with paper mache. From pumkins to Christmas items I have done a tad of everything since last September. I have also incorporated paper mache into my craft shows that I have been working so hard on since early October. Most of my work up until this point was wooden yard art, but it seems as though everyone has jumped on the wood painting bandwagon as of late and I knew I had to reinvent myself as I believe we all should do. here is a Paper mache type of decoration that I have been working on and just completed. And actually I made it waterproof as well. I used your paper mache clay recipe but instead of using toilet paper I used green fiber blow in insulation. The only drawback was that I really just had to let it soak for almost an hour before mixing. I also put a 1/2 cup of mortar mix some wood glue and instead of a mixer I used an old food processor to break up the fibers of the fiber insulation. The clay was easy to work and once dry became rock hard. I used your gesso recipe and sanded lightly across the face of the project painted and sealed it. I them used silicone to make the decorations, the type of silicone that you would use in your bathroom around your sinks and tub. I used the paintable type of silicone for this process and then painted the details of the Christmas stocking. One more sealer and this is the result. Stands up to any heavy rain or snow. I also used this recipe for other outdoor projects

    • Alan, thanks for showing us your Christmas stocking, and telling us about your process. It looks quite involved, and I admire your inventiveness. I checked out your website, and it looks like you have a thriving business selling outdoor artwork. Congratulations!

    • In fact – we get a lot of comments from people who would love to sell their own artwork. I used to make my living selling my work, but that was years ago, and things have changed so much since then I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Aside from having a unique product, as you obviously do, do you have any tips for people who are thinking of starting a business of their own? If you do, would you have any interest in writing a guest post for the blog? I know a lot of people would be interested, if you have any advice to offer.

  • Of all the art sites I visit, ‘THIS ONE’ has been the most supportive, encouraging & friendly.

    As a disabled virtually housebound self-taught artist living in Cornwall, UK, this has been the best supportive art site I have found…without exception. Thank you.

    With that in mind I thought I’d share with you my latest creation, as a sort of triptych image.

    It is an ‘assemblage’ work, but it incorporates paper mache in the finial fungi on the top & bracket fungi on the stem, as well as the paper mache spider inside.

    I have called this a – ‘Reliquary Cabinet of Curious Collectivity’ – & is based upon ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ or ‘WunderKammer’, as they are also known.

    • Wow! What an amazing sculpture. And thank you for such nice comments about our community here on this site.

      By the way, I looked for a “store” button on your site, but I didn’t see one. Do you sell your sculptures? Are they shown in galleries?

        No, I do not have a shop on my website
        No, I do not display in galleries
        No, I do not sell my work.

        I have been housebound for about ten years with a cognitive condition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe anxiety, panic attacks (which are physically painful), catastrophic trauma & a form of people related agoraphobia.

        Earlier this year in a desperate bid to find a new coping strategy I acquired from an animal welfare charity a wonderful dog which now acts as my disability assistance (or service) dog. I can now at least leave home (with the dog), but I still try to avoid urban areas. (I live in the rural country).

        My cognitive condition was the result of a concerted hate campaign, several assaults upon me, attacks upon my home & property, including death threats, threats of physical violence & an organised hate campaign. I belong to a minority group.

        I am also a full-time career to my now elderly & infirm octogenarian mother. I/we are therefore dependent upon our UK social welfare system. The clinical forensic consultant psychologist report likened my situation to that of a person repeatedly exposed over a prolonged period to a life-threatening situation i.e. a warzone

        To make things worse, since the financial crash in 2008 the British government, in collaboration with Murdoch’s mainstream UK media, been running under the pretext of ‘austerity’, an almost Nazi-like borderline ‘Aktion T4’ (if you know your WWII history), hate campaign against the disabled, disadvantaged, weak, impoverished & vulnerable in the UK. Disabled people have died (others have committed suicide) in the UK having had their social welfare benefits removed by this UK conservative party right wing government.

        If I even attempted to try to sell my work I would inevitably be penalized by this UK government & lose my welfare benefits. Due to my own health condition & that of the need to care for my elderly, increasing frail & needing greater support mother. I cannot afford to lose my welfare benefits by risking trying to sell any of my artwork.

        However, my art is important to me.

        I am untrained, I am what is referred to as ‘outsiderart’ or ‘Art Brut’. However, it sometimes feels more like ‘excluded art’. I just create my art from what I can lay my hands upon. I create for my own pleasure & sanity by my keeping myself creative.

        I apologize for the politics.
        However, one might ignore politics, but politics will not ignore you.

        “First they came for’… Poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

        • My goodness – I’m amazed that you create such beautiful artwork when you have to deal with so many challenges. But perhaps it’s the artwork that helps you deal with the challenges? I know that when I’m ‘in the zone’ as I’m making something (even if it’s just something really silly) the stress of the day just melts away. Do you find that’s true?

  • Guys, I need some help coming up with a tagline for this site. My old one is so dumb I don’t even want to tell you what it is. I need three or four words that explain what this site is about, who it’s for, or just why someone would want to be here. And my brain has gone blank. Any ideas?

      • I like it. But I keep adding other stuff, like the garden art. How do I fit in all the non-paper mache projects? It gets complicated …

        If I didn’t flit around so much and try so many new things, the tagline would be easier.

        • “Let’s make stuff together!”
          “A place for all things art”
          “where creativity and passion collide”
          I’m trying to think of something that incorporates the idea that most of the materials you use are everyday stuff… I think that’s really appealing. Obviously, none of those above slogans incorporate that. (I’m not very good at this)

        • Jonni, there are lots of variations of it, but not the exact words (I think) “Let’s make awesome art!” How about “Your full service art station”? Ok, maybe not. I’ll think some more…

    • OK, I made a choice, although it could change at any time. Thank you, everyone, who helped me with this. As of this moment, my new tagline is “Let’s Make Awesome Art Together,” a combination of suggestions sent in by Jill and Shelbot. Right now it’s only showing up on the home page, but I hope to expand that to other pages – as soon as I figure out how.

      Again – thanks for your help!

      • Jonni, I didn’t realize I had stolen “Let’s Make…” from Jill. Mind like a sieve. Sorry, Jill! But, I’d be honored if Jill and my words do end up being the tagline for a while.
        Also, I almost missed Cindy’s cool Humpty Dumpty. I hope others check him out.
        Jonni, when people post pix/comments other than at the top of the page, would it be a problem if they also did a brief post at the top to let people know? Or am I crazy? Yeah, don’t answer that.

        • No theft – really. I just used some of your suggestion, and some of hers, and combined them together. I don’t think Jill will mind.

          I think the second comment at the top is a great idea. There are so many comments, it’s a long scroll down to find what’s happening. If people want to do that, that would be nice.

          Speaking of things getting lost – I just went out to look at the forum, the first time in a month or so, and there are some fabulous things out there, too. The forum program doesn’t send me an email when people post, so I can’t keep up. I’m glad Eileen and Christine have been so helpful on the forum, so people don’t feel left out. There are probably others who post regularly, too, but I their names are the ones that stuck out.

          By the way, I’m sorry to say that the lizard dude has met his end. I kept experimenting, this time with the paint job, and it did not go well. The nice man with the big green truck came and took him to his final resting place. But now I’m in the mood to make dragons. (Cute holiday item coming next, though.)

          • Jonni, once again you have cut me to the quick. I loved lizard dude. He was beautifully constructed. Even with a bad paint job—and we have no PROOF of that, do we?—he was splendid. I don’t know how to do emojis here, so just imagine a VERY SAD face.
            But, Thanks for reminding me about the forum. Smiley face.

            • I’m sorry I made you so unhappy, Shelbot. But sometimes, things just don’t work – especially if you get into experimental mode and throw a bit of this and a bit of that onto a project just to see what happens. He ended up looking like someone who lives under a rock. After trying to ‘fix’ it, he looked like someone with a really scary skin disease. So no, you don’t get to see the proof. Just trust me. 😉

              To make it up to you, I’ll show you how to add your emojis. Smiley face is a : followed by a ) which looks like 🙂
              Sad face is : followed by a ( which looks like 🙁

              That’s as far as I’ve gotten with the technical wizardry. Eight year old kids run rings around me when it comes to computers.

            • Jonni, I will stop whining about lizard dude (grumble-grumble). Although, I will point out that lizards DO sometimes live under rocks. And, may I say, with a “scary skin disease”, he would have been an awesome Halloween creature, but you go right ahead and break my heart.
              I wanted to add real emojis. I’ve done the : ) & : ( but I sometimes end the sentence with them using a (superfluous?) period, so it looks like he has a mole or something : ).
              Anyway, I really love when you answer my goofy comments, but I realize that I am taking too much of your precious time. You need to be creating more masterpieces; sculptures & novels. So I’ll try to keep my nonsense to a minimum. Love ya!

  • Hi- here is the front pic of the hummingbird I have done for a commission. I was a bit intimidated with the painting, used a small amount of metallic paint that was dulled some with the glazing liquid and raw umber paint. I did like the finished effect…just a bit of sparkle. Most of all, the client likes it a lot. Phewwww!

          • Eileen, thank you so much for showing us both sides of your really pretty sculpture. I can see why your client loved it.

          • Eileen, I love the way the hummer is suspended in air with his beak in the flower. Really great. PBS “Nature” program had a show called “Super Hummingbirds.” I am sure I’ve said this before. It was really great with beautiful photographs. 338 species. Crazy.

            I love your paint job, also. (Painting is intimidating for me.)

  • First water proof paper mache projects I did after I fell in love with the stolloween pumpkins. Used flexbond mortor.

    • Hi Mickie. Did you try to upload a photo of your pumpkins? They didn’t come through, probably because the file size was too big. Could you edit the photo and try again? I’d love to see them.

  • Hi Joni . I’m not sure if this is where I should post my mask, but it’s the only place I saw that I could post a picture on. The one thing I had trouble with was painting/shading. Plus, I did not make holes in the eyes so I could see!

    • Hi Carol. You found the right place to post your mask, but the image didn’t come through. It was probably too big. I’d love to see it, though, so I hope you’ll edit the image to make the file size smaller, and try again!

  • Thank you for the previous positive & affirming comments towards my sculpture image offerings.

    I thought I’d share with you all this collage picture I created for my ‘kuriology’ blog of a variety of some of my sculptures.

    All the sculptures have an element of paper mache in their construction

  • A few months ago i asked you all for some advice on my life size fairy trees. I thought i would share the final results now. The two trees also included an ” eye spy” game, as i hid 13 items (also hand made) it also includes shadow box fairies inside the trees.

    This was my first attempt at paper mache’. It was a rather large undertaking, totally 9 months of construction. I have learned so much.

    I enjoy it very much and I look foward to continuing to learn, grow and create.


    • Linda, Beautiful and magical. Who wouldn’t want to shrink down and live there? Thank you so much for letting us enjoy your hard work.

    • I love the home, also. The moss is great, and I love the little steps going up. Be sure to say hi to the fairies every time you pass by, which will bring you good luck!

      That really is a huge project. Glad to see it. (Just don’t let my sister see it. She will “need one”!

  • Hey all. New to thr page but hope to get some input. Getting started on a minotaur costume head. Have the head, horns, and neck all wire meshed. I will use plaster cast for the foundation inside and out and then over that use Jonni’s Paper towel and glue techniques to get some added hair/fur texture. The muzzle, eyes, eye brow and forehead are areas I thought to use the air dry clay But I could use some input on design and sculpting ideas. Never done this before but want it to come out right. The project means a lot because I’ve wanted to do it for over 5 years. My health and weight are finally there to allow me to. I’VE lost 230lbs in 9 mos naturally.. thoughts, ideas, and help are all welcome..

    • Hi Jim. Do you have a photo of the work in progress, so we can see exactly which parts you’d like some help with? It sounds like a very interesting project, and it will be great when it’s finished. If we can see how it looks so far, that would be really helpful.

    • Jim, Really hope you can post some pix of your WIP. Or maybe show us reference picture/s that you have been using so far, so that people can see exactly what you are trying to achieve. Like is it more realistically bull-like or cartoony? From a particular movie or game, etc.?
      Also, I’m not sure if you want congratulations on your tremendous weight loss, but if that’s okay with you, please accept mine. If you are now healthy (as you apparently are?), that is amazing!

      • I’m not real sure how to start a “thread for the project for those that want to keep an eye out or save me from myself. LIL. Looking at some of the work here that’s truly astounding I am in all sense of the word a Hack compared to most of you but… here goes. Attached is one of my sample idea images.

        • The image still didn’t come through, Jim. Is the file size low enough? Some people have problems trying to upload a photo from an iPhone. Is that how you’re doing it?

            • Jonni, Not sure. Always worry about passing along ANYTHING on the interwebs : ). I think Jim is probably going for a more realistic look and may already be way past that stage structurally. Hope he tries again to show us pix of his WIP. I like his reference picture. Forgive me for my non-functional brain, but did you make a cow/bull head at some point?

            • DERP! Just looked at your response earlier to Jim and you mention your gorgeous Highland cow. Sorry.

      • Thank you for your kind words. Yes.. it’s been a faith journey with my weight.. long story but in short broke my back as a USAF firefighter gained tremendous weight.. BP and Glucose at dangerous levels. All gone. Almost there 20 more then ready to arrange surgery..

        So the project. Realistic. Molded a big steer head from believe it or not a Texas BBQ grill. Going to incorporate digitigrade stilts which is why I couldn’t think about doing it before. Excited to be taking back my life.. want this to turn out right but never done it before.

        Will upload another pic of the mesh mold I have so far then fire away with suggestions. Think after looking at some more images today I have a better idea how to do the face but it’s one of those projects you see in your minds eye and how epic it could be and hope it can come out as close as you hope.

        Thank you all for your help and support. I’m grateful.


        • Jim, USAF firefighter=Hero, but wouldn’t want anyone to go through what you endured. Seems like you fought back to a good—and getting better—quality of life.
          Your minotaur project sounds like it is literally and figuratively over my head. Really glad that you are opting for realism. Are you going so far as to measure distances between facial features, etc. or just eyeballing it?
          Do you have reference pix for all angles? Some people can do wonders with painting techniques, but obviously you want the sculpt to be as on target as possible. Hopefully you can try again to send the photo/s of what you have so far. Can’t wait to see.

          • Because the project is already ambitious and my timeline is coming fast I don’t know how detailed I’ll have time to get. Even though I’m going for realism, I’m sure because they are mythical fantasy creatures, there will be some wiggle room with the sculpting that won’t take away from believability. It will also incorporate some further I intend to drape from down the head tapering in the back, over the tops of the shoulders, around the neck and then a small taper on the chest.

            Jonni sent me a link to try resizing the pics so I’ll try that. Sigh..

            I have so much to do, clueless about everything.. so my learning curve is insane. Lol..

          • OK. With Jonni’s help using the resizing this should work. This is a pretty good idea of what I’m up to..

            As I shared. I’ll start with plaster cloth. Then some paper towel effect for some texture. Then to build up the muzzle, bridge of his snout, forehead and brown lines I think I’ll use Jonni’s air dry clay. Thoughts?

            When I get to it, how would be the best way to attach the fur in the places I want. Keep in mind it will have to adhere well so I can wear it.

            Let me know and thanks for everyone’s help and patience. Again I know most of y’all are beyond what I can do but I want to give it a great effort.


            • Jim, your question about the fur reminded me of my highland cow. I used hot glue, but I wasn’t as careful as I should have been, and I made a bit of a mess. I did get some good suggestions in the comments below the video, though.

              I think the plan you have of building the details with the air dry clay will work really well. It isn’t as sticky as the original paper mache clay recipe, but if you brush the plaster cloth with a mixture of white glue and water first, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting it to stick. It also isn’t waterproof, so if you wear your costume outside, be sure to seal it really well with a good varnish. Speaking of sealing – the plaster cloth will dry your skin if you wear it close to your face. You can avoid that by putting some strips of felt or foam on the inside. That also keeps the moisture from your skin from soaking into the mask. You probably already thought of that, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

              Your costume will be amazing – I hope you’ll let us see it when it’s done.

  • Hey Guys. I’m new to page but would love some input ideas on my project. Will be doing a full blown minotaur for Halloween. Have the head, horns, and neck all wire meshed up. I’ve decided to go with plaster casting as the foundation and then using Jonni’s Paper towel technique for some of the texture but hope to get some input on design ideas for the muzzle, eye brows, and foremost head. For those the air dry clay will probably be best. Think I could get some input on those?

  • ‘Mycology fungi specimen’ created by Kuriology

    Re-cycled wood base (wooden fence post cap, I find they make excellent model bases), piece of Cornish driftwood found on beach (I live in Cornwall, UK, near the sea), cheap aluminium kitchen foil (its’s thinner & far more scrunchy shape-able) for stems/stalks & umbrellas of fungi. A charity (thrift?) shop purchased falling apart dictionary for the pages used to cover fungi. Tinted on fungi edges with water dilute red acrylic paint. Shellac french polish application to fungi & wooden base (gives that honey glow). Finally some real lichen (Blown down from trees & picked up whilst walking Tik-ma-dog). The lichen here in west Cornwall is very fluffy, indicating very clean air quality.

    Ta-da! = ‘Mycology fungi specimen’

    • Kuriologist, Except for the showing text (pet peeve), this sculpture is gorgeous. Like everything you’ve shown us so far. Please continue.

    • Kuriologist, your mushrooms are gorgeous and I do not mind the print. To me the print adds some design element and texture. I have seen some awesome sculptures with print and are gorgeous. Your recycle materials are really interesting and give plenty of ideas. I may not live by the water, but I am not far from it either.

    • I gotta say…I like the print showing through on the mushroom tops. It looks like decoupage/collage to me. A beautiful mixed-media piece.:)

  • Hi Jonni,
    Could you speed up the drying process by popping it into the microwave or on a food warmer? I am a teacher and I have one day to complete a sculpture with my students. So glad I stumbled across your blog

    • Hi Liz. Are you asking about traditional paper strips and paste? Or the paper mache clay recipe? You can dry them both on a very low setting in the oven (200F or less), although the clay recipe will have an odor from the heated glue. I’ve never tried a microwave – I suspect there’s a possibility of burning the paper or maybe an exploding sculpture, but I haven’t tested it. I’ve found that most paper mache will dry fastest in front of a fan, although a small electric heater with a fan would be the optimum. Even then, we’re talking about 24 hours minimum before the piece is dry all the way through.

      Paper mache, in any of it’s forms, is not a fast medium, but you might experiment with Elmer’s Art Paste, which seems to dry faster than wheat paste. Still, I don’t know if you can complete a sculpture in one day. In fact, I’d be really surprised if you can get it to work. If you do figure out a way to do it, I hope you’ll let us know how you did it.

    • I am making the mask from paper and glue and then use some filler and paint. I partly leave filler as a structure and some places get polished.

      In my opinion, everybody needs to find his own unique technique and style.

    • macheanimal, your dog is so cute and the sculpture is a testament to your creative side and you did your model proud. I hop we see a full body of your model.

    • That is really adorable. You got that sassy look! I can say I’ve been trying to paint a dog now for a few days, and I realize how many mistakes I’ve made, so I have extra admiration for your abilities in this piece. Great job. I love that face.

      I agree with you about a personal style. Most of the time whatever I’m working on takes on a character of its own, without my input!

      • Rex, you have a great personal style, but I agree that sculptures can take on a life of their own.
        I enjoyed reading about you and your sisters phrase “going to prison” for long-term WIPs (POWs?)
        Hope that you don’t have to (cringe) cut off Jez’s eyes again. I usually screw up the eyes somehow and eyes are extremely important to the look of the sculpture, to me. So I can reposition (or more likely, repaint) dozens of times.
        I love warthogs. It’s not papermache, but are you familiar with a wild life sculptress named Nick Mackman? She makes some great warthogs (as well as every other animal).

          • Jonni, Thank you for adding that link so others can see her beautiful creatures.
            I know that you get sick of hearing (reading) it, but your sculptures are still my favorites. There is something extraordinary about your work. The textures and the colors. Wish you had time to produce more. I was always puzzled about why exactly you don’t sell your work—other than you can’t stand to part with them. I couldn’t afford one, but a lot of people can and would be ecstatic to own one of your beauties.

            • Ah – selling. I made my living selling prints, t-shirts and the dolls for many years, between ‘real’ jobs. But I lived on the West Coast, where there’s lots of art fairs and good spots for direct selling. And it was before the art fairs started charging so much money for a space. Now, I’d have to sell online, and I’d have to pack the sculptures and ship them – it’s a whole new ballgame. I’m not opposed to the idea. Not entirely, anyway. But I’m not sure that I’m ready to start a new business right before the economy goes into recession.

            • Jonni, Again I never know if a site is safe or legit but have you checked here: to see if any of these might work for you. And, of course, there are tons of other sites. I only give my sculptures away, but when I fantasize about selling them, one of my big problems is how to package them so that they don’t break in transit. I’m guessing that having a person/company take care of packing and shipping would cut too deeply into profits(?).
              BTW—I realize that I’m terrible at it, but if you ever need me to try to find something online for you, let me know.

        • Shelbot, I looked up Jonni’s link to Nick Macman. Wow. Thanks for the inspiration.

          I have asked a couple of neighbor’s about Jez’s right eye, and they all say they don’t see what the problem is. I will move on. Have begun painting her “spots.” I have learned something for next time.

          I had a good chuckle about POWs. I think that is more like it.

    • Awww!
      Thank you. Made me smile, as I used to have a ruby cavalier just like him.
      Called Ceejay or (Cerranus Julian of Lions Pride).
      He was an absolute sweetie and lived until he was 13yrs old.

  • My most recent project for the fall season. My first attempt at making a hummingbird and pumpkin. If I do this again. I will make the pumpkin larger and the hummingbird a little smaller. Not happy with the tail feathers.

    • Karen Sue Dill, I made a cardboard flower and a hummingbird with a polymer clay body (wings and tail are cardboard with a wire beak) and the hummingbird is WAY too big. It still bothers me, but I just figure that it is art. I understand that you, unlike myself, are a bona fide artist and always pushing yourself to be better, but your sculpture is gorgeous the way it is.

        • Karen, I’m afraid that it took me years to figure out how to just post a comment (sad face). If I can ever get a friend to help with taking/posting pictures, I would like to share. That is IF Jonni doesn’t mind us posting pix of works that really aren’t paper mache. Still, it could take a long while. I’m really sloooooow at everything. I literally have over 40 WIPs that have been sitting around the house. Some for well over 5 years.

          • Shelbot, you’re welcome to post images that show your work in any medium. You and Rex seem to have something in common – he’s told us that he has a whole house full of unfinished work in progress. I don’t know how you do it – I can only focus on one thing at a time. And sometimes, even one is a stretch. 🙂

            • Jonni, Thank you so much for your response. The WIPs are mostly animal faces/heads (some kinda creepy “people” faces, too). That’s my favorite part to make. Rex is an awesome artist and seems to be a great guy. I want to see everything he’s even thinking about making. As I said before, I love you and the wonderful artists that post here. You have given them a terrific place to come and show their fantastic work. And, like you, they are so generous in giving tips and helping others. One of the non-animal pieces I’ve been working on forever is a mostly cardboard Bates mansion from the movie “Psycho”. Will post a picture if I can ever get help figuring this stuff out.

            • Shelbot, thanks for the laugh. I call sitting on the shelf “going to prison.” It started with my sisters who make beautiful and complicated quilts. When I asked them how the project is going, they would say, “Oh, that quilt is in prison.” Some of them stay there for years. I bought a wire shelf to put on my work table where I can stuff projects “in progress.” Please figure out how to post your stuff. Would love to see it, of course.

              (Worked on Jez’s face yesterday. I think it will take a month to paint her fur, but I can say it is hard to resist not cutting off her eyes for the 6th time and redoing them. I keep telling myself I will know better the next time.)

              I won’t say that I’m thinking of a Warthog next!

            • I’m quite serious, actually, about the warthog. I looked at many photos and have one picked out. The babies are so darn cute I don’t see how one could be done without the other. Then there was another one kneeling, so I’ve got some thinking to do — strong and wild or kneeling! Any suggestions?

              Jonni, I absolutely love my kune kune pig, who stands on my headboard now. Your tutor on that pig — well, I don’t know how many times I’ve done it, but I think a warthog would fit in nicely. I tried to get her a flat mouth, but it ended up curled in a smile, so it is a bright spot in my life every night when I crawl into bed.

            • Rex that Kune Kune Pig is so adorable!! Mine is done, awaiting a day I feel like sanding him down and paiting (I don’t want to do the sanding and I have myself half convinced that he would look fine bumpy lol). I would love to see more pics of peoples Kune Kune pigs from Jonni’s book, as well as warthogs…yes please!!

    • Very nice Karen! Don’t be hard on yourself about the tail- they often fan out that way.
      It is too funny that you posted this hummer. I am presently working on a hummingbird/flower sculpture. I just finished sanding it and doing a layer of gesso. Now to paint it! I hope it turns out as beautiful as yours did. It is actually a commission so I am nervous. I will post it when I am done.

    • Karen, that is really beautiful. Your pumpkin is awesome, as is the flower and especially the hummer. I love all these things. I have taken hundreds of photos of Hummingbirds; it’s not easy, as you know, but this one is really beautiful. I love your sense of color.

    • I like the tail feathers Karen. I often stand very still by the feeders and watch the humming birds up very close and that is what there tails look like as they are hovering, all curved and then they rotate them while they are still curved like that. So bravo I think it is beautiful. I really like the flower on the pumpkin as well 🙂

  • I found ‘Ultimate Paper Mache’ some time ago…& being a complete ‘numpty’ forgot to bookmark it. At the time I did not feel like sharing images of my creations…now I do & finally have a pinterest account ‘Kurious Things’ for my sculptures. I’m not a purest paper mache creator, many of my pieces could be described as ‘assemblage’ or even ‘altered art’, but there tends to be a ‘paper mache’ content element in most items I make.

    Most of my ‘kuriology’ creations have a slightly, dark or uncomfortable edge for some, fitting into my personal interest in museum ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’.

    This Specimen Crayfish lobster started life as a kitchen towel tube.

      • Thank you.

        The finish is decoupage using photos/patterns I have altered dramatically using a computer art program. The crayfish body started off as a close up photo of the crack-lure on a piece of Raku pottery, the legs a photo of fine leopard skin spots.

        It is finished with garnet shellac french polish, which gives it its ‘honey glow’

    • Kuriologist, your Crayfish lobster is beautiful. Glad that you felt like sharing. Will check pinterest. Please share more whenever you can. Thank you.

    • Would never of thought about using printed images instead of painting! How do u keep the patterns looking so uniform with over lapping paper?

      • Hi Aaron

        Its a bit like wallpapering into a bad corner, don’t cut….but tear. It disguises a joints better. So tear up into squares…not cut. Also put small tears into the sides of paper, it helps prevent creases on application. (But you ‘papermacharettes’ probably already know that…grandma & eggs comes to mind). Random patterns seem to work better than uniform. (ie. like the cracklure in the raku porcelain).

        I’m going to post a moderate close up of one of my insect paper mache (mixed medium) sculptures. You can see several different printed patterns used.

        • Kuriologist, I love what you are doing. Your insect, like the crayfish lobster, is really beautiful and exciting to look at.

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