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  1. Hi Jonni! I’ve been working on my first attempt at your paper mache dogs book and I was just wondering how I can make my dog look more like a pit bull dog than a cow? lol! I keep adding more and more foil since it just looked way too skinny to be a stocky pit bull. Maybe it needs fatter and shorter legs? Thanks so much for any input you may have 🙂 I’m really enjoying your tutorial book!

  2. We had a few of these little guys living in our tree this winter. They are smaller than a grey squirrel, larger than a chipmunk and are super shy. Of course i then had to sculpt one.

      • It is a flying squirrel. I don’t know what type. They don’t actually fly, it is more like a glide through the air. That flap on the side spreads out kind of like a webbing. We had a group of them in a tree outside of one of my windows. They come out at night and would disappear if they saw you. One time I shut off all the lights and watched from inside and used a flashlight. They were scampering all around the tree similar to a gray squirrel. So cute! Of course it helped that we had a big feeder on the tree that they could raid.

    • That is adorable. Wouldn’t it be fun to have about fifteen of these little critters crawling around on everything? Thanks, great.

      That eye is awesome.

      • They are night creatures, hence the big black eye. We had 4 or 5 on the tree, I couldn’t really count as they move so fast. I never did see them glide/ fly though.

    • I found an old piece of foam out in the desert that had been weather beaten. I thought it would make a good rock for a fairy tree (the hole in it). I had to dig out the foam, so I think it ought to be good. I don’t know if this helps because I dug out the foam, but you can see bits of it inside. So I vote yes! I put the clay right on the foam.

      Of course, with a pig it would stay inside, unless you want to cut the pig in half, remove it, and then stick it back together. (Just leave it inside and experiment!)

      • Here’s the top, in case you are interested. I made this months ago.

        I want the trunk of the tree to go in the hole and the roots to wrap around the rock (maybe have it covered with moss).

  3. I am making a fat pig and I’ve padded and sculpted the shape with dense foam. Will paper mache adhere to the foam ?!?!

    • If you try it and the dry paper mache tries to fall off, just cover the foam with masking tape. We’d love to see that pig when it’s done, too. I’ve been toying with the idea of sculpting a bear with foam, but I haven’t found time to try it yet. I’d really like to know how you made you pig.

    • I have used foam as a base and covered it with paper mache clay with no difficulty, it stays on beautifully. I didn’t even use masking tape or the newspaper strips, just straight on. So go for it!

  4. my daughter wished a fruit bat with it’s wings wrapped around and it’s little tongue sticking out . Wish granted . I call it Tutti Fruity

      • OMG! That is amazing – your daughter is a very lucky lady. If you keep it up, I can imagine a few of our friends here on UPM begging you to adopt them. 🙂

      • Oh, yeah, I want to be adopted. I love bats. I lived in a place once with bats and found a dead one. I wanted to take it home and take photos, etc., but my cousin wouldn’t let me. Said it had rabies or it wouldn’t be dead. I love this one. The tongue is cute and funny.

  5. I finally finished my almost life-sized zebra! The armature was made of cardboard, pool noodles and trash bags – just things I had at my house. I have no idea how many rolls of tape I used but I went through 10 batches of paper mache clay! I painted the stripes with black acrylic and sealed it with polycrylic paint.
    It took me a little over 2 weeks to make because I have 6 kids at home. I’m very happy with the final product.

    • Lillie, your zebra really turned out nice. With six kids at home, I’m amazed that you were even able to paint on all those stripes, let alone finish the entire zebra in just two weeks! Congratulations.

      Where will he be displayed?

          • We are bringing her back to our church soon. She will make more appearances in the future. There was some trouble with one leg due to a parent letting a kid sit on her back!!! People will do anything for a picture these days. -_- And she had to endure a 45 min truck ride. Hoping I can fix the leg when I get her back.

            • We’ve all had a chance to repair an ear or a leg. And I’ve even chopped off a few heads and reattached them in a slightly different pose, so I have faith that you can get her back to normal. I’m glad more people will have a chance to see her. Good luck! 🙂

    • I can’t do a little one in two weeks. Love the stripes, the thick ones and the little ones around the legs. Thank you for showing us. The mane is great.

  6. Hi Jonni,
    I have been working on this project for about three months and finally finished it. It’s called, “Wash Day.” I used a photo reference of ladies washing their laundry at a wall in Italy. First created the base and wall, then made the armature figures. Next I covered the figures with paper mache and then the first layer of paper clay (basically, just a form). After letting it dry for about three days, I added the details of the clothes and used very thin glue to cover some tissue paper for the sheets. Again, I let everything dry for about three days and then painted the piece. It was entered into an art festival in Alabama, where it won 3rd place. I was pleasantly surprised.

    • Cool leaf. I hope you’ll show us what it looks like after you finish it. If you don’t want nail holes, you might want to look into something like Command picture hanging strips. They are basically velcro strips with the Command adhesive that isn’t suppose to damage what it’s mounted to. Command is a 3M product and they have all sorts of hooks, too.

    • Nice leaf, Danny! I know you’ve already received several suggestions for hanging them. You might also take a look at the serrated hangers they sell in the picture hanging section of a DIY store. Some of them are made to be screwed onto the back of a frame, but you could use epoxy glue instead. But if the command hangers work, that would be easier. Do we get to see them all when you get them arranged on your wall?

  7. I am making little houses out of foil and plastic bottles. But I’m having trouble getting the paper mache clay to go on the plastic bottles. It just pushes around. Amy advice?

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