See, I do listen to you guys. 🙂
In this video I hope to ease your minds about my new “selling art online” venture – specifically, why I chose not to sell my paper mache sculptures in my new business experiment, in addition to the reasons I gave you in my last video.
The numbers are important, but that’s not the whole story. Watch the video to see what those reasons are.
There are two things I forgot to mention in the video. I’m too lazy to do it over, so I’ll just mention them here. First, when I said that one of the reasons why I make sculptures is so I’ll have something to show you on my blog, what I really should have said is that I get “paid” for my sculptures because I get to teach you how to make them yourself, and I really love teaching.
I don’t get paid in money, of course, (except for the few patterns that I do actually sell in order to help support the website), but I still get a lot out of it. In fact, teaching paper mache sculpting techniques is my real hobby. The sculptures I make for the blog and my videos are a nice side benefit for me.
I get ‘paid’ when you add comments to the blog or on my video channel, and when you show off your own work on the Daily Sculptors Page. I even receive emails from people who tell me how much their new sculpting hobby has changed their life. That’s all the reward I need for keeping the website online. Some things really are worth more than money.
And I get to fill up my house with original wildlife art. Win, win. 🙂
There’s also something I should have mentioned when I talked about making copies of paper mache sculptures. The easiest way to do it would be to use Li-Qua-Che, a pourable paper mache product. It isn’t available in small quantities, and it isn’t always easy to find. Because of the price, it might seem more expensive than using paper strips and paste, or even if you used my paper mache clay recipe.
However, it works with plaster molds, just like ceramic slip. Plaster costs a whole lot less money than a silicone mold, so building up a nice collection of sculptures would take a much lower up-front investment. It takes way less time to make a copy using the product than it does if you use traditional methods of paper mache, and in a business time counts. Plus, the Li-Qua-Che reproduces every tiny detail, something that’s really hard to do with other forms of paper mache.
No, I don’t have a recipe for it so you can make your own pourable paper mache (believe me, I’ve tried!) but you can find it on amazon.com.
(That’s an affiliate link. If you prefer to search for it on Amazon yourself, be sure to include the hyphens, or you won’t find it.)
If I did enjoy making the same thing over and over again, that’s probably how I’d do it. Someday, maybe I will. But not right now.