Daily Sculptors Group Page

This is the new official page for the unofficial “Daily Sculptors Group.” Join the challenge to sculpt something every single day — and stay focused on improving your craft among friends.

The challenge is to do the work every single day. It isn’t about creating something that is perfectly finished or gallery-ready. If you show us your daily work it may encourage others to submit theirs, and together we might be able to vanquish Resistance and Procrastination, at least for one more day.

If you want to join us, use the comment section of this page as a journal. Share some of the challenges and insights that you gain from your work, and show off what you made today. Upload photos of your work, so we can see what you’ve been up to. If your images are too big, you can resize them quickly using this free online picture resizer.

Enjoy!

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  1. Edden
    Edden at |

    Hi there,
    i managed to send myself the pics via email and download them as jpegs onto my windows laptop.
    I really hope I got it this time:

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  2. Nikki Lawing
    Nikki Lawing at |

    Hi Jonni, everyone!

    I have finally finished my paper mache sunflower. It’s about 4 ft and the biggest thing I’ve made. I took a picture of both the front and the back because I tried to make it look like an actual sunflower. Actually, I still have to seal it but that’s no big deal. It was fun to make but I’m glad to go back to smaller projects…it’s a patience thing :) Next project is another bird, my other favorite thing to make.

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    1. Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray at |

      I love sunflowers! Great job! I love how you made the leaves look like they just want to reach out and hug somebody! :D

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      1. Michele
        Michele at |

        Hello Nikky,

        Your sunflowers are really nice and sunny. It brings the garden inside, really nice! Thanks

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        1. Nikki Lawing
          Nikki Lawing at |

          Thank you Michele! I’m glad you like it :)

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      2. Nikki Lawing
        Nikki Lawing at |

        Thank you Jessica! It’s funny you should mention the flower looking as if it was going to hug someone because I also make these other flower sculptures using polymer clay that have a snuggly cartoon cute sort of look to them. (I’m hoping to open a future little online shop) I think it must of come through on this sunflower. Actually, it’s thanks to my practicing with paper mache that I was able to consider selling some artwork at some point. :D

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    2. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      Really nice Nikki! Just curious as to how you did the petals…did you use cardboard and then apply the clay or did you roll out clay then cut them out? I have done both. I think the rolling out of the clay was a bit easier. Nice job, where will it be displayed?

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      1. Nikki Lawing
        Nikki Lawing at |

        Hi Eileen,

        I used posterboard and wire to make the petals. The wire comes up through the center of the flower (which is also posterboard, newspaper and masking tape) and out through each petal. I used hot glue to keep the posterboard petals and wire together. This enabled me to be able to bend the petals in a bit of an arc and not just stick out like spikes. Then I covered them in masking tape, then covered that with the paper mache clay. Whew! As for displaying, it’s just mine and my family’s. I’m not sure where I’m going to put it yet though, it’s so big.

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  3. Jessica Gray
    Jessica Gray at |

    Hi, Jonni! Um, I just heard another name for joint compound that you may want to add to your list. Someone from another country had asked what joint compound was, and I had given them the U.K. name. They said that it is called Polly filler in their country.

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  4. Pedro Rodrigues
    Pedro Rodrigues at |

    Hi Jonni, hi paper mache world!

    This time I´d like to share my first atempt on papercrete!

    Do tell me what you think :D

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  5. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Hello, I would like to put a question out to you seasoned paper mache artists. Have you ever added a new piece to your sculpture after you have painted it? Here’s what I did. I made a sculpture of a face/head of this cool icon that is in my church. After I painted it, I decided it needed the halo around his head to add interest. So I made a circular, flat halo out of cardboard, then used regular paper mache with the paste and strips. After it dried, I used Jonni’s smooth clay. I scraped off the paint from the back of the sculpture and put glue on it. Then I smooshed it into the smooth clay and placed weights on it to hold it in place. I am concerned that when hung, the mask portion may come off the halo portion. What do you think? Should I screw them together after it is dry? I was thinking of those drywall screws that open up. Any advice will be welcome.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Eileen, I didn’t add a part to begging dog, but I did add fur after she had been painted. I had actually painted her a couple of times (or started to) and then added fur, put gesso on her, and then painted her. I didn’t notice anything different on the “added part.” I think Jonni is right.

      Now that I think of it, I did major overhaul on the Mohawk chick bank I did. When I added the legs, I wired the pieces together, added clay, and she stands just fine. Good luck, but I don’t think you’ll have any problem.

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  6. Edden Bargai
    Edden Bargai at |

    Hi, does anyone know how to convert a picture taken with an ipad to jpg?
    Thanks,
    Edden

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    1. Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray at |

      Well, if you have a way of sending it to your computer…and you have Paint.net, you can save the image and change it to a jpeg.

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      1. Edden Bargai
        Edden Bargai at |

        I went into paint.net, but for some reason it takes me automatically to http://www.warrenpaint.com/. And I do not see there anything about reformatting pictures.

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        1. Jessica Gray
          Jessica Gray at |

          No, Jonni. This isn’t the paint program included with Windows. What we get with Windows is a stripped down version of this program. Here is where you can get it:

          http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

          Sorry, I forgot that this program site can be hard to find.

          When you save the picture in paint, click on the Save As Type box below where you type your file name, and it will give you a list of options on how to save the picture. Paint normally, if you do default, saves it as a png. However, you have the option to save it as a jpeg.

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  7. Chase
    Chase at |

    Hi!

    I recently finished making a giant Paper Mache sculpture/parade puppet of Jane Addams. I started out sculpting the head in a water based clay, then did about 15 layers of paper mache, cut the mache off the clay, glued it back together and then added hair with a combination of spray foam and shop towel-mache. The final head is worn on an old camping backpack and turned out to be Super Light!

    I had fun with this project and documented each stage, even tried to make a time-lapse of the process. This site really encouraged me to take on the project. Thanks!

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  8. Dodie Clark
    Dodie Clark at |

    Need help- how do you get long hair on paper mache dogs. I would like to do a Collie but need help first. I used a spaghetti tool to make hair on my scottie but I want smooth hair.

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  9. Dodie Clark
    Dodie Clark at |

    Wanted to share this with the readers. I have found so much valuable information from Jonni’s book on making dogs. I have learned that if you can not find the one you need in her book you can go on line and find your pattern there.
    I found a pattern for the Bloodhound I was wanting to do.

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    1. Kathleen
      Kathleen at |

      Great dog and thanks for the suggestion about finding patterns. Please share when you get him painted. I love this website, so much great info and inspiration.

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    2. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Dodie, I love your dogs. This one is great.

      Yes, please let us see him after he is painted. That is one of the most difficult parts for me. Thanks.

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  10. Kathleen
    Kathleen at |

    Just finished my paper mache fox. I have been trying to perfect my techniques base on Jonni’s book, Paper Mache Animals. I also find painting and getting the colors I want a challenge. I am working on less perfection and trying to see a more general and basic color I did some experimenting with a dark wash over a red/orange color on this one.

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Kathleen, your experiments came out very well and this fox is adorable. The dark wash gave the fox the mix of coloring that is found in nature. You are right though, less perfection and more approximations make for more creative ideas. This philosophy did a great job on this fox sculpture. I would love to see your nixt project.

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    2. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Kathleen, I think you did an excellent job on the fox. I like the nose (I have difficulty with them), and the fur on her chest and the “whiskers” are very nice. I love her inquisitive look.

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      1. Kathleen
        Kathleen at |

        Thanks Christine and Rex, I appreciate your encouraging comments. The fox is my 6th critter creation. I enjoy making animals and with each one I learn something new.

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    3. Susan Wade
      Susan Wade at |

      Really great job, lots of character. He’s really looking at something.

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    4. Dodie Clark
      Dodie Clark at |

      Great looking fox. Keep up the good work.

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  11. Nury Luciano
    Nury Luciano at |

    The dog

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    1. Nury Luciano
      Nury Luciano at |

      Here

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  12. Nury Luciano
    Nury Luciano at |

    Puppet (this is our cat) it started to be my daughter’s Marela project butshe abandoned it after the third papers trip layer.

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    1. Nury Luciano
      Nury Luciano at |

      Puppet

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  13. Nury Luciano
    Nury Luciano at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I’m very excited to share my giant puppets project so far. Here is how they looked with your air dry clay. I started painting them now and hopefully they will be ready to mount and get dressed next week. I presented them to the Association Costa Rica last week, they are the people to commissioned me for this project and they were very excited with my progress. The only problem I’ve had so far is with the dragon, because he turned out heavier than I expected. Some of the masks are less detailed because they will be handled by children so I wanted to give them a more cartoonish look. IT has been quite a challenge but I have enjoyed every one of the 914 hours on it so far. Wish me luck!

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    1. Nury Luciano
      Nury Luciano at |

      La Señorita

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  14. Sabina Chorley
    Sabina Chorley at |

    My paper mache pig is done.

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