Made by Elizabeth Keller
Hi fellow sculptors! I used both versions of Johnni’s paper mache clay recipes to sculpt this Blue Shark.
This project was my first time using an airbrush – I still have a lot of practicing to do. I’ve always wanted to be a sculptor and this air dry recipe has finally put me in touch with affordable and accessible materials that let me create anything I can imagine!
I’m inspired by the beauty of nature, especially creatures of the sea. I love the grace and power of sharks. The Blue Shark is one of the most beautiful sharks in the world. My only guide was a few photos I found.
I freehanded the vertical and horizontal profiles in cardboard then used a measuring tape and math to calculate the proportions to ensure they were as accurate as the sharks in the photos. The armature was constructed from cardboard, masking tape and aluminum foil.
I built up the body in layers using the original clay formula. For the final shaping and smoothing I used the smoother clay recipe. It took a lot of sanding and layering of joint compound to smooth the skin on this shark, but I’m pleased with the result.