Today’s guest post is by Joanne Gennarella, who shows us a self-portrait she made with Celluclay.
Joanne sent these comments with her photos:
Attached is a self-portrait done with Celluclay papier mache and the original picture of me I used to do it. Also there is a mask of a jester that I have done in the same Celluclay and lastly my “snow Leopard” done according to the instructions in Monique Robert’s book – “Paper Mache Design“, it is completely hollow and was fun to do according to Monique’s instructions.Any comments on my work would be informative and appreciated. If anyone has any suggestions on how to finish my self-portrait statue that would be very nice. Thanks.
And below, you can see a close-up of the self-portrait , plus several masks that Joanne also made using Celluclay. And don’t miss the snow leopard down below that she made using Monique Robert’s instructions:
I find that a good armature for my projects is commercially available wire mesh â€“ the kind that comes in rolls. Once the form is molded with the wire and taped into position, I stuff it with newspaper. Final step in my process is pasting one layer of plaster impregnated gauze over it for strength and rigidity. When you are positive this layer is dry you can brush/glue over with water/Weldbond mixture (TO HELP PREVENT THE MOLD AND MILDEW, although I sometimes skip this step), and when this is dry you use your clay or strips of choice. Hope this helps someone. Yours, Joanne.
The way I make my masks is to form them over a face form made from my own face – plaster strips applied to my face, omitting my eyes, over lots of vaseline. Once this sets take it off your face. It’s a little risky but some of me goes into every one of my masks this way! When this is dry you close the eye holes and build it up with lots more plaster strips for rigidity, paint it with acrylic of your choice to waterproof, then secure it to a painted board with some plastalina clay. Can’t say this is my secret I learned it from master maskermaker Jackie Miller from her video. Works for me.