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  1. Maura Lara
    Maura Lara at |

    I like to bay the molding for the lion face

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  2. Lynn Brander
    Lynn Brander at |

    Thank you so much for that cool “how to” I would love to do large scale outdoor sculptures- and I really appreciate this website and all the folks who contribute! Have you guys checked out that new product called “Never Wet”… I am wondering how that would work with paper mache sculptures as well. I just bought some of the ingredients to make my first paper mache clay project. I am excited!

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  3. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    Julie what an amazing project. I was wondering if you are starting to get people knocking on your door asking about your art? I know if I was driving by your place it would make my day every time. Because I am an artist I would spend hours wondering how it was made and what things I could make. I would also be able to enjoy the setting and beauty of it all ( kinda like when I had to stop and let a deer cross the road in front of me. It was early morning and just the two of us ..the sun was splicing through the early morning mist on to the road almost giving the whole seen a hallo when she stopped to look at me I definitely smiled , than she looked back at the edge of the road and low and behold out popped not 1, not 2, but 3 very new fawns) I enjoyed the experience and see the 4 of them regularly. Your Art work gives me that same feeling of awe.

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  4. roberta
    roberta at |

    too much work for me, but thanks! It was a great answer to my question!
    ra

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  5. Sharon M
    Sharon M at |

    Love it! Thank you for posting here Julie.

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  6. Sarah
    Sarah at |

    The Mountain Lion is just AWESOME!

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  7. Sarah
    Sarah at |

    The Mountain Lion is just AMAZING!

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  8. Rex
    Rex at |

    I never know the adventure I am going to have when I see what people are doing. This is beautiful, amazing, and inspirational. Thanks for the post. I’m trying to find a home, and if I do, I’ll have plenty of inspiration around.

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  9. Rosalie Barrington
    Rosalie Barrington at |

    Please continue sharing with us, Julie! I really want to give this project a try, just saving my pennies for the supplies, and trying to be good and finish other projects before starting one like this.
    Does any one else have the problem of getting inspired, starting a project, only to get inspired on another and another and finding time to finish them all?

    Wonderful and inspiring, Julie, thank you for the info and photos.

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    1. Julie
      Julie at |

      Yes, I have your problem. That’s why I’m forcing myself to finish my cement leaves that have been waiting to get paint for a very long time! Will not allow myself to start a next project until they are delt with. House work also gets in the way. Dang it! Anyone want to know how to cement leaves? See we’re a lot a like!

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  10. Daryll
    Daryll at |

    Also when finished the bag can be reused, just let the concrete residue dry and shake it out of the bag. No cleanup of a wheel barrow or through.

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  11. Daryll
    Daryll at |

    one more tip about mixing smaller workable amounts of concrete:
    find a large heavy duty plastic bag, like the kind used for 50 lb dog food or 25lb sunflower seeds.
    but in water first, then add concrete ( any type). mix by manipulating bag back and forth. Ad more concrete as needed. Apply. directly from the bag. I have found this method to work wonderfully from anything from small garden sculptures to stepping stones.

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    1. Julie Ellis
      Julie Ellis at |

      Daryll thank you for the wonderful mixing cement in a bag tip. THANK YOU! I hate cleaning the wheel barrow but so necessary. Will have to give it a try. I don’t know the exact water/cement ratio to start with water first. Can you give me a ballpark on how much water to start with?

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  12. Kim
    Kim at |

    How inspiring and thanks for sharing.. I want to go make a sculpture RIGHT NOW ha! I also have to add Wow!

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  13. Bwana Foster
    Bwana Foster at |

    Awsome work Julie,
    this has inspired me to go bigger with my sculptures! Well done!

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  14. chris
    chris at |

    wow so beautiful !!!

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  15. Julie Ellis
    Julie Ellis at |

    Thanks everyone you’re so kind! if I can answer any questions you have I would be glad to share what I know or find answers if I don’t!

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  16. Shirley
    Shirley at |

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful sculpture! Thanks so much for sharing your process, it is beautiful!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Helen
    Helen at |

    Julie, your mountain lion sculpture is just awesome! I love the movement you captured and thanks so much for sharing your technique.

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  18. Kathleen
    Kathleen at |

    Absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for sharing your technique. It is something to aspire to.

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  19. Julie
    Julie at |

    I want to thank everyone for their kind comments about the mountain lion and fox. It sure makes me feel good to have artists like my art. Give the cement process a try you’ll like it. Jonni the links are fantastic! Thank you.

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  20. Liz
    Liz at |

    Amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this!

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