One of our longtime readers, Christine Majule, sent in this guest post after getting to see the Pal Tiya dragon in person. Pal Tiya, by the way, is a new new waterproof sculpting material that was invented by Kim and Woz Beaton. (Kim started as a paper mache sculptor, so I’ve been following her career for years.) Until now, their new sculpting materials has only been available to the lucky folks who live in New Zealand, but now they’re trying to expand so people living in the US can play with it, too.
I’ll Christine take it from here:
Hi Jonni and my ultimate paper mache friends,
I just came from the Seattle Home and Garden Show this Thursday February 23rd. Kim Beaton came with some people to help promote Pal Tiya. They are trying to crowd fund, by trying to get lots of orders.
If they do not get the funds in a timely manner, they will have to go to the UK. I was told there was a lot of interest over there.
I would like to help them keep the project of the factory here in the US which is their preference and you were instrumental in getting a lot of people here interested in Pal Tiya including me. I bought the 8 pound bag. They will send the orders received when they have a lot of them and the will ship for $10.00. That is one heck of a deal since those bags are not light.
But seeing Kim doing her magic was exciting. She is what she portrays in her videos, warm and really nice. My big excitement was seeing the dragon I’d seen on Youtube and it was huge and gorgeous. I told Kim about one of our readers who made a dragon out of paper mache who wants to make a sculpture of pal Tiya, and Jonni wanted her to make a video of her progress to show how a newbie used the product. I asked Kim if with her permission if we could use her video to show how everyday people could used the product. They showed how a ten year old made her Pal Tiya project. (See video at the bottom of this post).
Meeting Kim Beaton at the Home and Garden Show:
I got to play with a sample and now I am hooked. Could we use your platform to advertise to your members to order so that they could meet their crow funding goals? I know a lot of your members have shown a lot of interest in doing sculptures and the interest will give them incentive to open a factory in this country. We can help by using Facebook, word of mouth to get people to buy the 8 lb. bag to try it out and experiment; I ordered one and when it ships, I will be busy.
Kim Beaton told me she has had a lot of people say they have no talent, that is not true she says. People who can mold and squeeze tin foil can create anything. All it takes is practice. Also the more videos we make of our Pal Tiya projects the more the product will be discovered by the artistic community. Children can make some nice projects. We can do this.
For more how-to videos about using this material for outdoor, weatherproof sculptures, go to the Pal Tiya website.