The Bongo Antelope faux trophy mount is finished, and I’m really happy with it. I can’t believe I never played around with “painting” a sculpture with tissue paper before. Of course I did use a little bit of tissue paper on the highland cow’s nose, but this time I went all out and added all the color (except for the eyes) with tissue paper.
It isn’t easy to find tissue paper in natural colors, but I did find a company that sells it online. I ordered mine from The Crepe Paper Store. They have beautiful colors and ship really fast. Since each color come separately, and there are 20 large sheets in each pack, I now have enough to make a ton of colored sculptures.
If you missed the post on how the aluminum foil armature was made for the Bongo, you can find it here.
As I mention in the video, I changed my mind about the joint compound. I didn’t think it really needed any on the face, but I ended up using another coat of the stuff after adding the first layer of brown paper. The paper just wasn’t laying as smoothly over the armature as I wanted it to. It doesn’t take long to spread out another thin layer. I used a little tool I cut out of the lid from a yogurt container to smooth the joint compound over the armature, and damp-sanded it when it dried. It does crack a bit when it dries, but since it has the brown paper on top of it, the cracks don’t hurt anything.
I think I’m going to do something really fun next time. So, as they say, watch this space! 😉