My tissue paper arrived a few days ago, and the Giant African Bullfrog Head is now finished – except for the walnut plaque he’ll be mounted on, which should arrive today. If you didn’t see the previous videos, you can watch them here.
Even though I admit that it would have been faster to paint the frog, I’m really having fun using the colored tissue paper. That’s probably just because the process is essentially paper mache using colored paper. I did experiment this time with using Soft Gel Gloss instead of paste when adding the layers of tissue paper, and I’m really happy with the result. The fragile tissue paper doesn’t tear as easily as it does when using the water-based paste.
I also experimented with the crackled-paint technique where you paint on a thin coat of Elmer’s Glue-All (PVA glue) first, and then paint over the wet or tacky glue with acrylic paint. This was less successful, but I did learn from the experience, and I think my next attempt will work better.
The metallic paint set I used on the eyes is available in most hobby stores, I think. (We don’t have a hobby store or art supply store in my town.) You get 32 different colors in the set, but most of the tubs are tiny. If I decide to do lots of colorful creatures with bit, shiny eyes, I think I’d get the Jacquard Lumiere brand paints instead, just because I’ve had good experiences with them in the past. For this fellow, though, the Plaid Folk Art paints worked just fine.
Let me know what you think of this entire process – from taping the pattern together all the way through to finishing the silly frog with the colored tissue paper. And if you do decide to make a frog of your own, I do hope you’ll show us how he turned out.
Update: The plaque just arrived, and here’s how the frog looks like mounted:
Now I’m thinking that maybe I should have ordered the oval plaque instead of the shield. Do you think it’s too much for our humble bullfrog? I ordered the plaque from WalnutHollowCountry.com