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.
[Edit: It isn’t easy to find tissue paper in natural colors, and the link that I posted is no longer working. If you find a source of colored tissue paper in animal colors that we can use, please let us know in the comments below.)
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! 😉