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  1. Hi Jonni
    Used your lion head as a basis for this sculpture,tweaked some parts, then furred it, clipped and painted it with acrylic paints, never done this before but was up for a challenge. Now he is nearly finished, probably a few more tweaks, the nose is clay and needs some more painting, and I will try and sell him as I fancy making a something else.

    Cheers
    David

    • David, I would love to see how your lion came out. Unfortunately, the images didn’t upload with your comments. They were probably too big. My site doesn’t have a fancy automatic image resizer like Facebook does, so I’m afraid you’ll need to resize it yourself. If you don’t have image editing software, you can use this free online tool. The file size needs to be smaller than 250 kb.

      I really hope you’ll try again, because I really want to see how it looks. It sounds really nice.

  2. Hi my name is Rachael. This is my first paper mache project. I’m just learning. I’m very pleased with the way my elephant has come out but now it’s time to paint it and I’m afraid to ruin her. After two coats of Jesso I spray painted her with one coat of matte spray paint. I feel like it’s too dark for the first layer of color. What can I do to lighten her up

    • Hi Rachel. I think you probably tried to upload a photo, but the file size was too large for it to come through. I hope you’ll make the image smaller and try again. As for the base color, do you intend to use acrylic paint over the spray paint? If so, you could mix up a lighter color and cover the dark layer, basically starting over with a new base. Or let some of the original darker color show through, which could also be interesting.

      I hope you’ll try again with the photo so we can see what you’re making!

  3. Hello hello!
    Have been mache’ing a canvas with some medieval architectural notes (lets call them notes) and thought it would be something that you might like seeing as it opens up lots of adventures within mixing papermache potentialities with painting. In fact I’m planning to do some “historical” paintings and thought that such details in relief using papermache would look interesting, texture wise.
    Most of it is cardboard with newspaper glued on, the fleur de lys are aluminium foil covered with dasclay and in the end all was covered with a paste which consists of flour+cement+crack filler paste+white glue. Its a paste that does fills cracks and gives some unified strength to the pieces (not water resistant once dried though …
    Thanks 🙂

        • I’ve been reminded of it a lot lately, because the cardboard patterns I’ve been making are really three-dimensional paper mache canvasses. Maybe I should start calling them that, since so many people are afraid of the word “sculpture.” 🙂

            • Pedro, this is totally off-topic but you’re the only person from Portugal that I know, so I’m going to pretend you’re an expert. Hey – you’re into history, so maybe you are. 🙂 I just bought a ukulele, and I know they were made in Portugal before being taken to Hawaii. And the book says the ukulele was originally called a Machete. Someone on YouTube reeled off a few other long names in Portuguese, which I didn’t catch. Do people still play tiny guitars in Portugal, and do you know anything about them? Like, for instance, why did they make them so little?

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