Daily Sculptors

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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  • Hi, everyone. I love this site and appreciate the constant input and inspiration.

    I have been working on 3 dinosaurs for my sister. I couldn’t come to terms with painting the first two so I made this one while waiting for a muse to come. This is the only one painted so far. I haven’t put a finish on it yet, so I am open to suggestions. I took many photos, but I think this was the best one – maybe because Loki was supervising me.

    • Loki is a good muse, Rex. Your dinosaur really came out nice. Are you deciding what varnish to use, matte or gloss?

      • Thanks, Jonni,

        My favorite finish these days is the FolkArt Clearcote Acrylic Sealter, Matte Finish.

        I did an undercoat on her and then had a brighter blue and yellow, but I wasn’t happy with it, so I dulled everything down. Here is a closer look at her face. Hopefully T-Rex-Regina will be done soon. The painting has been a big hurdle for me.

        So you moved. Hope you settle quickly and all is well. Thanks again.

    • Karen, that is a very interesting technique you came up with. I would love to see more. I agree with Jonni. Did you put the paper mache directly on the foam or cover it with tape; in other words, I think a guest post would be very interesting. Thanks.

  • I have been making soft sculpture cloth dolls for many years but every time I tried turning my skills to clay I was unsuccessful. Then I came across your video sculpting a cat using paper mache clay. I never thought to use cardboard for the general form so I gave it a try. I cut a child’s profile from cardboard and filled it in with newspaper and masking tape. It was amazing. My doll is not perfect, but she is the best I have ever done. I think it’s because the newspaper form is soft …similar to soft sculpture. The only thing I didn’t like is the weight. Her head is just a little to heavy. So I took a trip to the big box store and looked around. I found a can of spray foam insulation. I sprayed some foam on a piece of wax paper and let it dry. Then I carved out the arms and legs. I sanded them smooth, added wire to the fingers and coated them with a thin layer of paper mache clay. The results were perfect. I got light weight limbs that are hard and durable. I have included some pictures. Thank you so much for helping me improve my doll making skills.

    • Karen, your doll came out really nice – and I’m really impressed with the method you used to make the arms and legs. (Your image of the legs didn’t come through, unfortunately.) Would you be interested in writing a guest post for us showing how you made your doll? More people would get to see it that way, and I know I’m not the only one who would like to try your method for our own sculptures. If you have the time and you’d like to do it, just send me an email and let me know.

    • I would love to see a tutorial. It never occurred to me to use filler foam. I wish I had read this yesterday as I went to our local diy store today. I would have picked up a tin of the foam

  • Hi everyone, this is the piece I was lucky enough to get in a show over the weekend. The show was a tribute to Jim Henson. There were some many wonderful works of art there.

  • Here is my first attempt at a mask using your fast setting paste recipe following the Pantalone and the Portrait Mask videos. The mask is of a character named Dallas from the video Payday the Heist. I think it turned out alright, but since I didn’t pay enough attention to the edges the mask is a little soft. I feel like straps might eventually rip the mask since it is attached at the weakest part of the mask. Might reenforce it with more layers of fast setting paste on the inside of the mask since I already painted the mask. Would that work?

    • Excellent, Melissa. Very nicely done, and a great design. And yes, you can add more layers of shop towels and paste to reinforce the edge. Just paste probably won’t help, but layering the towels and the paste will make it much stronger.

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