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  1. Diana
    Diana at |

    This is a great example. I have for this site to be so helpful and I look forward to Jonni’s books!
    This is my first attempt at a large scaled piece. I now know where I can make some improvements and look forward to my next project!

  2. Cake Betch
    Cake Betch at |

    Hey Jonni РI really love these animal busts; they sell a paper m̢ch̩ rhino at Anthropologie (http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-wall/970122.jsp) that I want to recreate and I found my way to your page by googling paper m̢ch̩ techniques. I noticed you have some on the wall behind you in your cat building tutorial. Do you have any tutorials for the busts? Or any advice? Would I just go about building it in the same manner as the cat? Thanks!!

  3. Joanne Gennarella
    Joanne Gennarella at |

    Hi Jonni – Oh now that’s funny – paper bricks, next time I’m in prison – I know what to do, and my accomplice will be you! I just hope the jailhouse is in Mayberry. Anyone who needs clarification wasn’t watching the telly in the 70’s, or was it the 60’s?

    And what a Wonderful zebra!!

  4. Kita
    Kita at |

    Hi! I don’t really have any experience in paper mache but I really want to do a horse head, neck, and legs for a halloween display. So, I have a question, would you use a wire frame first and then cover it with paper mache or use carboard instead?
    Thanks, Kita

    1. Lisa
      Lisa at |

      Hi Kita,

      This is Lisa,the maker of the paper mache zebra head. I read your comment and What i usually do to make a horse head is I first draw out an outline of the head and neck on cardboard. Then I take thin strips of cardboard pieces and hot glue them on the outer sides of the outline after i cut it out. then I place newspaper balls all over both sides of the cardboard piece. I keep adding newspapers until i have enough structure to paper over. Sometimes I keep adding cardboard strips in certain areas until i am satisfied. Muzzle and cheeks can be built up by bending several thin cardboard strips and hot glue the ends to the area you desire.. I recommend placing them in a horizontal “U” shape,downwards onto the structure,like a mound of dirt would look. If you plan to wear the item, that is tricky. I do not have any answers for costumes.

  5. Heather
    Heather at |

    Thanks for the info. I have tried the paper clay recipe twice and I am having trouble getting it smooth, the problem being the toilet paper. I am using Angel soft and I have wet it then rung out the water to measure out 1 1/4 cups of damp paper pulp. I break down the pulp into smaller pieces and then incorporate the rest of the ingredients. The clay is smooth but has lumpy pieces of pulp throughout. When I apply it to my form it’s lumpy and impossible to get a smooth even layer. The only thing I have found that smooths out the texture is to go over the clay with a wet finger to smooth it out. What am I doing wrong?

  6. Heather
    Heather at |

    Hi Jonni,

    Can you recommend a matte acrylic varnish for finishing paper mache?


  7. maggie
    maggie at |

    Great zebra!!! Congrats, Lisa. And what a funny piece of news about the inmates! I’m still laughing.

  8. Sherry
    Sherry at |

    That’s funny about the prisoners making paper mache fake bricks. That reminded me of the time I taught an art class in a juvenile hall on calligraphy one month. Then went back the next month and there on the fences and buildings were the most beautiful calligraphy graffiti. Had to laugh, they did learn the lesson on calligraphy alright.

  9. Christine
    Christine at |

    The piece really was worth those awards. It is a beautiful piece and the work that went into it. Congratulations.


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