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  1. I wanted to share the projects of my paper mache class. We did Jonni’s swedish tompte or a snowman. They really got into it and they all did multiple projects. This pic is the results of 4 people! It was fun and I think I might have converted some to being paper mache enthusiasts!

    • Eileen, I can’t believe I haven’t been on this site for this long. I haven’t seen these, but they are great. Your students must love you. They all belong together, so I think your students need to make a group of snowmen for everyone in the class. What fun little critters. Thanks.

  2. Hi. Just wanted to say thanks for a great pattern. This is my first paper mache project (at least as an adult), and I think he will look great in my son’s nursery ? This little bear lives in Norway by the way ?

    • I love it, Margrethe! Very nicely done. And he has a soft, curious look that will fit in perfectly in your son’s nursery. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  3. Here is my latest project…quite a bit different from my usual. It is a large Noah’s ark for my grandson. He loves to play with all his small plastic animal figurines so I made the ark for him to play with and to store the animals. I painted a mountain scene on the inside with trees, flowers and such just to add interest to his play. It was too dark to show up in the pictures though. It is a Christmas present so don’t tell him!
    I wish I could figure out how to do something like this and not have it warp. I reinforced the larger cardboard surfaces with wire and it handled the strips and paste well, no warping. It only started to warp after applying the smooth air dry clay. I wonder if it would do better if it was covered with plastic or tin foil before putting anything on? What do you think? It doesn’t matter, my grandson won’t care, it is only his perfectionist grandmom who cares!

    • Wow, that is fantastic Eileen. I can just picture all the animals on it. I am sure your grandson is going to love it!!

    • Hi Eileen. Your Noah’s Ark is going to be a huge hit with your grandson. It really came out nice and he’s going to love it.

      Warping has been on my mind lately, too. It gave me problems with the cow when I used cereal box cardboard, but when I made the big elephant head with those huge ears, there was no warping at all. And many people have used the pattern since then without warping. The only difference between the two project was the plastic shelf liner that covered both sides of every piece on the elephant, including those big flat ears.

      I gave away my own elephant head for an art auction right after I made it, but I recently saw a lighted elephant wall sculpture with a bronze look and big dark ears. I wouldn’t turn mine into a light, of course, but I did some research to see if the Sculpt Nouveau coatings and patinas could reproduce that very dark bronze. It looks possible, so now I just have to make myself another elephant. I’ll pay close attention to the ears when I add the paper mache clay to see if they curl up at all. If they don’t, we’ll know that the plastic shelf liner is the answer. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

      • What do you mean when you say plastic shelf liner? Do you mean something like contact paper? Does it have adhesive so it sticks to the cardboard? Did the paper mache stick well on it? It would be good to know for that general knowledge category.
        Sculpt Nouveau would do the trick….you may need to use a black wax when done with the bronzing and patina. That would give you that dark bronze that you are looking for. You could also try a darker patina, like purple which is kind of a cool look. I’ve never used the wax but have done the purple. Let us know when you do it, it will be fun to see the result.

        • Good questions – yes, the clear shelf liner, contact paper, sticks to the card stock. After the patterns are cut out and taped together I cover them with masking tape so the paper mache will stick.

          Sculpt Nouveau has a black patina for bronze that I think would work well, but I haven’t tried it yet. They have wax, too. I haven’t tried the purple patinia – did you find that on their site? Did you show us the project that you used it on? Forgive me if you did and I forgot…

          Right after my piglet pattern is done I’m going start on a giraffe pattern. I already have the clay sculpt done for the giraffe, but turning it into a pattern will take a month or so. I make a lot of paper mache copies of a sculpt when I’m making the patterns, so there’s a lot of drying time. I might be able to use that time to put the elephant pattern together, and I’ll be sure to turn the camera on to show how the plastic is used.

          And I hope you’re having a great Thanksgiving!

          • I have never tried the black patina. I did post the purple patina piece years ago. It was a pair of theater masks, one day when I check the archives, I will show it to you again. Don’t apologize, no one expects you to remember every project that gets posted! That would be almost super human if you could!
            You are really getting into all the patterns. I think people really appreciate them. I don’t know if people realize how much time and effort you put into them. I hope you enjoy the process….the results are outstanding!
            Thanksgiving was great, I hope yours was as well!

            • Ah – but now that you mention them, I do remember those masks. I used the search function in the dashboard to find them, and copy them here (for those of us who don’t want to go through all 35,778 comments by hand. I wish the search function on the blog pages would search through the comments in addition to pages and posts, but I don’t think there’s any way to make that work.)

              theater masks with bronze coating over paper mache clay

              The finish on your masks is very close to the look I want to achieve with the elephant. Where did you find the patina that you used? And did you use the Sculpt Nouveau bronze metal coating?

              The kids are coming out today for Thanksgiving, a day late. Eating the turkey today worked out better for our schedules – and I know it will be a great day. Here in our part of the world it warmed up to 45° for the occasion, but we don’t expect nice weather to last long.

              Jessie thinks she might have time to paint my cow mask today. I asked her to make it look like a Jersey cow, my very favorite breed. I love their soft brown colors, but I have a hard time getting the subtle gradations with acrylics. She said I can film it if we have time, so cross your fingers for me. 🙂

            • I got everything at sculpt Nouveau. If you lived closer I would drive it over as it is a full bottle!
              I am also cooking a turkey today…I went to my son’s home for dinner yesterday but you have to have leftovers, you know? It was the first time I have not done the whole deal, I sort of missed it but was also grateful for the reprieve.
              It would be great to see Jessie painting your cow! I am always impressed with her talent.
              You are warmer than we are. It was the coldest thanksgiving on record around here, around 19 degrees. My son is actually in your neck of the woods right now. He is visiting his girlfriends family. He loves it there! Who knows, if they eventually relocate there, I may get to meet you!

            • It got up to 57° today, but will be 19° on Monday. There’s no such thing as “normal” weather this year, anywhere.

              If your son moved out here, it would be a long drive for you when you visit – but I’d love to get the chance to meet you. Jessie didn’t have time to paint the cow to day, so she took it home with her. I hope she can fit it in with all the ‘real’ paintings she already has planned. Her art career has really taken off this year. I roasted a spatchcocked turkey this time, after reading an article by Mark Bittman – it cooked faster, but mostly I did it because spatchcock is such a silly word. It turned out really good, and we had a wonderful late Thanksgiving.

            • Sounds wonderful! Did you spatchcock it yourself or buy it that way?
              If he did move there, we would probably drive out once for the experience and then fly out after that. It is a good way to see the country but hard on the old bones to drive so far.
              Too bad about not filming Jessie painting the cow. Maybe grandson would do it for you? I am not surprised that Jessie’s career is taking off. How nice for her , her proud family!

            • I did it myself. It wasn’t that hard. Jessie will turn on the camera when she paints the cow wall sculpture – she took it home with her – now we just get to wait until she has some extra time to work on it.

    • Another great project. I must say I saw an “Antiques Roadshow” where a women brought in an arc her husband had given her. She had 400 animals that fit inside it, so you have much work ahead of you. I would love to see your animals! lol

      • Thanks Rex,
        He already had all these wonderful small plastic animals so it was sort of a storage bin for those and a play item. He loves it but I should have put wheels on it because he pushes it all over the house.

  4. I painted my Hyena several times to get the colour right – and at one point covered it with Jonni’s gesso recipe before repainting it.. and it worked fine – although the gesso makes it quite heavy!

    • Hi Drusilla. I like the way your hound dog is painted. But you were hoping it would be different, and the only thing I might suggest is to use some Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid or other drying retarder in your acrylic paint. That way, it won’t dry so fast and you’ll have a chance to blend the colors, like you would if you were using oil paint. I’ve only used the glazing liquid to add a colored glaze as the last step, just to bring the colors together or to add some antiquing. You can run into problems with it if you try to paint over it, if you haven’t given it at least overnight to dry. It’s possible that the other drying retarder products might work better for what you’re after, but I haven’t used them. Does anyone else have some ideas? (But I have to say again that I like him just the way he is. 🙂 )

  5. Hi
    I’m having fun with the making of my sculptures but I’d like advice over the painting please. I sealed the paper clay with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish before painting with acrylic paint..but it’s really patchy! Do I keep overpainting? Or cover it with gesso and start again?

    • Paint it first , Then the Liquitex varnish, You can put Liquitex over acrylic that is what use and how I do it and have not had any problems.

      • Yes thanks..I realise now that I used the wrong product… a woolly brain moment..Anyway I’ve repainted it with acrylic gesso and once that’s dry and satisfactory I’ll paint it again with acrylics before varnishing.
        Thanks again for taking the time to comment ?

      • There is a little story behind him. his name is picket he from the new movie fantastic best and were to find them. He is much bigger then he is in the movie, you know go big or go home. Any way I all ways pick one I can relate too and make me one, I an going to do the baby elephant next I down loaded it yesterday .

        • Ah – of course! I’m probably the only person on the planet who didn’t immediately recognize him and know his name, because I haven’t seen the movie. Now I have to see it!

          I saw that you downloaded the elephant pattern, and I really hope you’ll come back and show it off when it’s finished. I’d love to see how it turns out.

  6. Our community does an art chair fund raiser every year. Here’s what I’ve done this year. Definitely inspired by your website!

      • Thanks Jonni, I think I will move the lion to the other side of the room. ?. The panda I did last year, I believe I posted it then.

        • Love your work Susan. I have done two that resemble yours. It’s so inspiring. Check out bit of quirky on Instagram. I would love to see your other work

    • I saw the picture before I saw the comment and I just knew this to be Susan’s work! What a fabulous lion(well all three are great). Did you paint him or is that real fur? I see the mane is something other than paper mache but the fur on the body looks so realistic. Just wonderful!

      • Thank you Eileen, The body is just painted a yellow ochre, then a burnt umber wash, the mane is made from manilla rope that I unwound, wet, then laid flat to dry.

    • I’m shocked I haven’t seen this before. I think I’ve asked before if I can come live on your couch! You make fantastic animals. Thank you so much for sharing with us because this is pure joy. We need a little book of Joyce’s animals.

  7. Hello Eileen! I’m so sorry I didn’t see your message earlier!!
    I used thin wire taped to cut pieces of newspaper. I was super pleased with the outcome.

  8. Hi Jonni, have you carved a relief sculpture model in wax then used paper mache clay for the finished piece? I am trying different materials for molds like plasticine and rubber to make paper castings from with varying success. Thank you.

    • Hi Deb. I don’t do any kind of carving, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. Good luck with your experiments – if you learn anything exciting, I hope you’ll share. 🙂

    • It is always special when I see a project and I laugh out loud from glee (or silliness). I love this little guy, his expression, and tell him to get that right front paw back on the ground. Love him. Thanks so much.

      • Your welcome, Rex!
        He is leaning to the left like he is ready to get ready for action. These sculptures speak to me and as I progress, the piece tells me what it wants to do…sounds crazy, huh?

  9. I’ve been using water & pva glue for my paste. Is this ok to start learning with ? Watching your videos has been very helpful. But can I ask please can I use my granddaughters cotton wool to shape around my project for the curves & cardboard then mache paper over it. Thank you for your help and time.

  10. I posted the ex-boyfriend a few days ago. Here is Mr. SmartA** and Jezebel. I think she made the wrong choice, but what do I know?

    Mary and I had more fun than ought to be allowed in creating these characters. She did most of Jezebel, and we created many stories as they progressed. (They are leprechaun pumpkins!)

    • I can see why she’d go for him – he’s obviously a fast-talker who can say all the right things. You and Mary obviously had a lot of fun making them.

  11. Hi there. I’ve just found a nice hobbie that is truly enjoyable. I don’t know how to email you as it tells me it’s invalid. I am a disabled 51yr old Scotsman. Your work is brilliant as are your videos. I just need a little help to get started. At the moment I’m using water & PVA glue & starting small projects. Is there anything that you could advise me in managing. I would be so grateful. Thank you & appreciate your time and help.

    • Hi Paul. I’m not sure why your system doesn’t like the email address – it seems to work just fine. I’m also not sure exactly what help you need. If you can be specific about what you’re trying to do and which parts are challenging, we can point you in the right direction.


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