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  1. Oh my goodness! There have been so many lovely posts on the daily sculptors page, one can not comment on every one! What a talented group of followers that Jonni has! Well done all!

  2. Hi Joni
    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful fun and informative videos, and books that I have to say I found whilst in the middle of my first and very large cardboard sculpture of our Staffordshire bull terrier Jenny, I kind of ploughed straight in and cut and glued and hacked and bodged and and ended up with a dog shape but without a head and then I found you!! isn’t google a wonderful thing and YouTube you saved the day in so many ways and now I am such a fan of ‘Joni clay’ and your gesso formula and I am happy to say my sculpture has a head although I am still going at it backwards in so many ways and I know for the next project what my starting point should be and how to bulk out and the much needed pattern. I promise to upload a picture when Jenny dog is finished but I fear it may be some time as I am working throughout lockdown here in the UK and do as much as I can after dinner and days off. With much fan love and appreciation for the amazing and talented lady you are xxx Fiona

    • I’m glad you found us! And I can’t wait to see how Jenny turns out. You reminded me that I once started to sculpt a Clydesdale horse and it ended up being a bully dog, instead. He looked just like Henry J, the mutt I grew up with, and it’s been one of my favorites ever since. At least your sculpture is still a dog, after all your hacking. 🙂 My dog’s hind leg isn’t bent in the right place, but don’t tell my dad. The sculpture is in his living room.

      • Hi Jonni,
        I will try and upload a picture of my sculpture of Jenny dog as she is now finished. The finished colour leaves a lot to be desired, although as I mentioned I am totally new to sculpting with paper Mache clay and all things cardboard related and painting too. (I think the varnish I used was maybe too old and her final colour was darkened too much by the varnish and she resemble a shiny ginger biscuit) I am however quite please with her eyes and I remembered from your lovely rustic chicken video how to add a white dot to represent a dash of light, so here goes with posting a picture I hope it comes out ok x much love Fiona from Margate Kent UK

        • Hi Fiona. What a great sculpture! It really shows off the personality of your dog. Was the lighter version, the one on the bottom of your post, the color you had intended her to be? If so, it’s quite a mystery. I’ve never seen varnish darken the paint that way. I’m sure one of our visitors will be able to explain it. I can’t wait to see what you make next! 🙂

  3. I tried the air dry recipe. I wasn’t sure if I needed to add all the cornstarch while mixing or just after to take away stickiness. Either way it was light sticky bread dough or soft smooth bread dough. Can get paper effect at all

  4. Hi all. First of all, thanks for this wonderful cultural space. I am making a life-size gorilla. The skelton was made using a cardboard pattern. I sorrounded it with paper and tape. At this point, I have to cover it all with paper mache clay and I have a question about the fur. I’m not sure if I have to cover everything with a first layer of paper mache clay and make the coat with this clay. Instead, I make a second layer using Air Dry clay to make fur.
    I am too concerned when the gesso filled in the strokes of fur and it took a lot of the detail away. I will use dry clay for the face. My main question has to do with the gorilla’s fur. A single main layer? A second layer for details?
    Many thanks! It has been weeks of work on the armature and I would not want to waste all the work done.
    A warm greeting from Spain!

    • Hi Elena. You can do it either way, but I usually start with a thin layer of paper mache clay to give me a solid base, and then do the texture with a second layer. You’ll get crisper details with the air dry clay recipe, and a more textured surface with the paper mache clay. Do some small experiments to see which one you like best. If you’re using the DIY gesso recipe made with the drywall joint compound and glue, and it’s filling in the fur texture, switch to an acrylic gesso, instead. It’s just a thick paint, so you shouldn’t lose any details at all.

      We all want to see that gorilla when it’s done. I really hope you’ll come back to this page and show it off so we can see how it comes out! 🙂

  5. Hi all. I haven’t been around for a while because of health problems, but I wanted to tell you about my last attempt at paper mache.. I made the chicken following your instructions, but because of how it turned out I named it Rustic Chicken. My chicken has found a new home and now lives in the Yukon Territory. One of my grandsons, a filmmaker, lives there, but every so often he has to come to Toronto on business and it’s only a few days so sometimes we don’t even get to see him, but this time he was here for six weeks and we had a couple of visits. He fell in love with my chicken and took it home to put in a baby’s room, a little boy expected in April. I was so pleased because the imperfections didn’t matter to him. I did many paintings of Shaun when he was small, but because of the distance between us, I didn’t see him often when he was growing up.

    I am not too physically active, but I am still writing poems and would love to post a few if that is okay. I was planning to make a poetry book with artwork on the pages and I had planned to ask you about how set up a page and what font I should use, etc, but that plan is on the back burner.
    I loved the three wise men and liked how you combined the foil, PMC, and polymer clay j found that very interesting and made me itch to get back to clay, but can’t do it right now.

    Love your Apple, Rex and all the wonderful sculptures.


    • Hi Joyce. It’s good to hear from you again. I’m glad your chicken found a good home. If you can talk your grandson into taking a photo of it, we’d love to see it. He can post it on the Daily Sculptors page. 🙂
      And of course we would love to read your poems, too. It’s wonderful that you’re staying creative in spite of all your health challenges.

  6. Jonni,
    I am half way through making the Begging Dacshund out of your ‘Make Animal Sculptures’ book that I have just purchased. I’m feeling SO creative and enthusiastic! I will post her on here when finished!
    I would like to make a little person with clothes on and am wondering how to make for example a skirt or pants that would look like fabric…would I use fabric and stiffen/glue it with PVA ( Australia) to stiffen it, or use the aluminium mesh (that I will use on my dacshund ears)? Or maybe the air dry clay as it would be a thinner coat?
    Thank you in advance Jonni.

  7. Thanks Joni, this is really helpful, and you were somehow able to intuit exactly what I was making, the giraffe is exactly the sort of low-relief look I’m going for.

    I’m not sure I can build up layers that are thin or delicate enough with the foil and paper, so now I’m going to look into how to carve EPS foam.

    The adventure continues. I’ll post the finished product if I can crack the code

  8. Thanks for your generous sharing here, Joni!

    I’ve cut a shape in foam core that’s about 24″ x 24″. I want to layer paper mache clay on it to give it depth and form (probably about 1.5″ at the thickest).

    I have two questions:

    Which clay recipe(s) should I use? I want a very smooth surface, so I’m thinking of one clumpy clay to create the main bulk and then another thinner one to smooth on the top. Or is there a better idea?

    What about shrinkage? The foam core is not rigid, will the clay shrink and bow the backing? Is there a way to avoid this?

    Many thanks!!

    • Hi Sarah. The clay does shrink a little, and it will cause cardboard to warp. However, I would not suggest that you apply either the paper mache clay or the air dry clay in a clump that’s 1.5″ thick. Air would only reach one side and it would take forever to dry. It would probably also crack, because it will dry on the outside first. Terry’s giraffe was made using the paper mache clay over Styrofoam, and it didn’t warp, but the Styrofoam was glued to a heavy piece of cardboard first. I would suggest building up your shapes with crumpled foil and either masking tape or hot glue. Test the glue before using it, because I don’t know if it will melt the foam or not. After the shapes are on, you could then add a very thin layer, first with the paper mache clay, and then another one with the air dry clay. You would only need very thin layers, of 1/8″ or even less.

      Some of my readers might have more suggestions for you. Have fun with it! 🙂


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