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  1. Lori
    Lori at |

    Hi Jonni,
    Your website is amazing and has pulled me back to my love of creating. I just bought my supplies yesterday and will be making a project for my new grandson that is still baking in the oven ;)
    I just wanted to ask about the mold/mildew problem. I tried my hand at paper mache years ago with some success. I used the flour/water/newpaper method and I remember having to add salt (seems like I used about a tablespoon) to deter mold growth. Is this not a valid method? I never had problems with mold, so maybe it worked, or maybe I just didn’t have problems with mold ;) Anyway I thought I would bring it up for those who are having a problem with it. It didn’t hurt the workability of the mixture. I will be sure to post pics of whatever I decide to make. Keep up the good work … you’re inspiring new artists every day!

  2. Sarah Johnson
    Sarah Johnson at |

    Hi there,

    I am wanting to do this project with my class, they are 10 – 11 years old. Do you think this will be a suitable project? Do you have any hints that might be useful for me? I’m feeling very nervous about this paper mache whale project….

    Sarah Johnson

  3. franceska
    franceska at |

    i just startet with papiemache…And i love it….I make lamps.., i start with using glue for tappets..My question is if i mix flour up is there not the posibility that it can beginn to mildew?

    thank you so much for the tutorials..!

  4. karla
    karla at |

    Hi, your whale is so beautiful!!!! congratulations :)
    i just have a little doubt where do you get the picture hangers because I need something that does not screw.

  5. Nilda
    Nilda at |

    Hi, this is my first time here. My son who will be 5 in a week adores whales. He constantly reminds his dad and I that the sperm whale is “the largest toothed animal” and two nights ago I realized that I’m passing up on a wonderful opportunity to make a papier mache whale with him. I love your whale, and though I suspect ours will not compare I can’t wait to start on the project. Thanks so much for your tutorial!!!

  6. Livvy
    Livvy at |

    Oh wow.
    This has really inspired me! I’m a massive Whale enthusiast (and I found this site by gratuitously googling baby sperm whales). I’ve been looking for something unique to make for my mum for christmas and now, I’m actually inspired to give paper mache a go!!
    Thanks! x

  7. Nowslightlybetterpapermacher
    Nowslightlybetterpapermacher at |

    no but i plan too soon, they intrest me greatly becasue of there eyes kind of show there expressions, how they grow and shrink. the only problem i will face is making fur… Got any ideas?

    If you want to watch his remarkable eyes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPMaXuDVwSI

  8. Nowslightlybetterpapermacher
    Nowslightlybetterpapermacher at |

    And one last thing, if you were looking for something else to make i say u should make some sort of monkey… If you don’t mind i suggest the Trasier, it is a small brush baby that is fairly complex but is also small… If you would like to take a look here is a picture: http://boholwonders.co.cc/2010/07/philippine-tarsier/

    (Do not feel like you have to its just a suggestion)

  9. Horriblepapermacher
    Horriblepapermacher at |

    WOW absolutely stunned at ur work, u make it look to easy. I took a shot at the whale except i wanted to make it 3d… so knowing me (someone who cant following others directions and have to come up with my own way to do it) i made it 3d. It actually doesn’t look that bad… But im stuck, i have NO clue on how to make the eye(s). I made 1 attempt and it didn’t look that great, so PLZ HELP!!!

  10. sarah
    sarah at |

    you are really good at paper mache

  11. aradhana
    aradhana at |

    so bueatiful you made by aradhana

  12. Joanne Gennarella
    Joanne Gennarella at |

    And so was I VERY impressed. I went to the site – can you believe these stunnning pieces?!

  13. Joanne Gennarella
    Joanne Gennarella at |

    Love your whale – but simply ADORE your cat!!! May I ask how much your finished sculpt weighed?

  14. Debra
    Debra at |

    I love this whale. Thank you so much for all the generous tips and advice! I’m on my last brick of Paperclay from the store-I can’t wait to make your clay. I’ve saved your site in my Favorites bar-‘cos you certainly are one of my favs!

  15. DEEPTI
    DEEPTI at |

    wow, such creativity!thank you for sharing experience

  16. Karla
    Karla at |

    This is lovely!

    As an alternative to using sandpaper on dried joint compound (which produces a lot of fine dust), you can wet sand it. You just use a wet sponge, frequently rinsed to removed the compound that is taken up by the sponge. I don’t know if this would work with paper mache projects but it my preferred way to sand textured walls. It allows you to more easily control texture, and even add texture with sponge if you wish.

  17. Sara Sanderson
    Sara Sanderson at |

    The whale is beautiful! Thank you for such a concise explanation and wonderful photos.

  18. Diane
    Diane at |

    I’m making a paper mache buddhist altar based on the various tips from your website. I’ll send you a photo when it’s complete. I just wanted to thank you for how clearly you explain the steps to your projects.

  19. Geraldine
    Geraldine at |

    Wow, this is amazing and inspiring. You are so gifted.


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