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  1. Hi Jonni and friends…just a quick comment to let you know I am still around. I started an email to you last week, but it disappeared before I could send it. Right now I am depending a lot on word check because I injured my right arm getting out of the bath. Although I love bubble baths I won’t be doing that anymore.

    Just wanted to say that I still visit your site almost every day and I love all the sculptures that are posted. Also I watched your daughter painting your charming Jersey cow. Please tell her what a lovely job she did. I sure wish I had one of those brushes when I was painting with acrylics.

    So far I haven’t been able to do any Christmas stuff, but I plan to see my doctor next week.. he was on holiday this week..and maybe he can help with my arm. I did manage to make a couple of Christmas cards and then my printer wouldn’t work so I said BAH! HUMBUG!

    I will return.

    • I can’t imagine something that thick ever drying fast enough, or all the way through. Even if you let each layer dry, the next wet layer will add water that seeps down into the older layers, and you’ll eventually have water trapped in there. I suppose if you used carpenter’s glue instead of paper mache clay it would work, if you let each layer dry. Why do you need to make it so thick? Could you use plywood or some other material, instead?

  2. Good morning everybody your works looks so fantastic. I have finished my lion mask. been trying to upload it for the past month now so here it is with mistakes in all, I like it. Thank you Jonni for the advice.

  3. Hi Jonni, i recently downloaded your pattern of the baby elephant. And have attached a pic of him. My very first statue I’ve ever made, so just a beginner, But super happy with my result thus far. Thanks, Angie (Perth, Western Australia)

  4. Tonight is our town’s Noel Night and these 3 bears will be there 2 are paper mach and one is ceramic clay.

  5. Good morning Jonni. I just wanted to share a photo of a sculpt I finished up last night. It’s of NormanRockwell. I Just recently purchased a couple of his books and watcheddocumentary on him. He has such a sweet face I just had to capture it. Hope you like it. Allan

  6. This is an example of work that sold in 2 hrs in a recent art show they were priced in the 100.00 range

  7. Good morning Jonni. I wanted to share a photo of a sculpture I just finished. It’s of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. This is the sculpture I am most proud of. Hope you like it.

    • Allan, your work amazes me, as always. The character, the mustache. The eyebrows! Is you house filled with sculptures, or do you find new homes for them? (Have I asked you that already? 🙂 )

      • Thank you jonni. Most of them are in my house. I’ve tried to sell a few on Etsy. But I think people are looking for more of a bargain ,than a good piece of art.

        • Getting art in front of the right people is probably the biggest problem. Lots of people spend money on beautiful art, but finding them is the hard part. Have you ever tried putting your work in a local gallery? Just so you’d have an excuse to make more sculptures?

            • Yes – I think we both create characters and critters because we enjoy their company. It’s hard to give them up. But the pricing question is a tough one. I’ve always thought you should price a piece of art high enough so you feel you’re getting a good trade. If you’d rather have the artwork than the money, it’s much better to keep it and earn money for art supplies some other way. I also think artists should price their work high enough so they’re getting a fair wage, even if their primary purpose in making the work is to have fun. Jessie and I have talked about this often – when professional artists are trying to make a living and hobby artists come to the same shows and price their work far below a living wage just to get a bit of spending money, the professionals aren’t happy about it. Same as auto workers receiving lower wages because they’re competing with folks from Mexico, I guess. On the other hand, many artists are able to command very respectable prices, and I think it has a lot to do with their marketing skills. Or their spouse’s marketing skills, usually. 🙂

      • Hi Allan just a question about selling your work what price range would you put on say the sculpture you have just made? I sell a lot of my work at art shows, I really need to since if I didn’t there won’t anyplace to sit in my little house, there is a market for paper mache.

        • Hello maure. If I were to sell the Rodin piece I would probably price at 150.00. But I have a problem selling my pieces. Hard to put a price your art. Not my favorite thing. Right now I just create for the pleasure of creating.

    • I knew who it was before reading your comment! Excellent as usual, the detail is impressive, love the eyes.
      Can I weigh in on the selling and pricing? I sell in art shows, it started as a validation sort of thing(friends and family say something is good but will a total stranger spend their money?) My prices were lower when I started but increased as more were selling and my name was being recognized. Your valuation of $150 for the Rodin piece is way too low. I would double it. I can’t tell how big it is, maybe around 8″ tall? You could easily get $300 for it around here(Pennsylvania). Perhaps a bit lower for more rural areas…you have to know your clients. The best thing is meeting the people who buy a piece and hearing the stories of why they bought it and what they did with it.
      After saying that, DON’T sell the Rodin! It is fabulous and obviously you have a connection to it. There have been pieces that I swore I would not sell because I liked it too much. Then a few years go by and I have several more favorites that I won’t sell and then I question why I didn’t want to sell that one. My favorites are usually my next or current project.

      • Your comment was worth more than any price I could put on the sculpture. I appreciate it so much. Thank you Eileen. Allan.

    • Great work Allen! You’re a very talented artist and deserve top dollar on your work! I really enjoy and agree with your and Jonni’s conversation Re: pricing. I have an Etsy shop and it’s a difficult sell, because most people ARE looking for that bargain. If they’re looking for that, they should go to Goodwill. Lol!

  8. I usually don’t make large sculpture since I live in such a small house so this 20″ bear is big for me, and the sculpting needs so much more structure. Just wanted to share with others

    • Maure, he is so sweet and has a totally vulnerable look to his face! Well done! And while I understand the small space issues, there is always room for one more!

    • I love it! I especially like his pose, his expression, and the way you’ve created so much texture with the colors you used. I don’t suppose you took progress photos, did you? If so, would you have any interest in writing a guest post for us, so we can see how your bear was made?

    • Hi Maure,

      This is just so cute and adorable. From what I can see, there is already a good amount of structure present in this sculpture. Very nice!

  9. Hey Jonni
    I haven’t posted for a while. But wanted to share my Santa Claus. I just finish. Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

    • Hi Allan. It’s good to hear from you again – and that Santa is really nice! what a great character. I don’t suppose you took photos while you were sculpting that face – but if you did, we would love to see how you did it. If you have any interest in writing a guest post with some sculpting tips for us, just let me know. 🙂

  10. Hi Folks and Jonni
    I’ve bought an old book on PM recently and found a method for making a bowl shape over a mould. see pic .
    I thought I might adapt it to make a body for a bird ( I’d tried the foil and card ways and wasn’t happy with the results). So I had the idea of buying a small Kinder egg and using that ! I used small Pm strips and then added card wings and tail and a head made of foil and tape secured with a cocktail stick. plus wire legs and a hanging hook. Once I was happy with the shape I covered it in Jonni’s paper clay. I’ll finish it off , let it dry and gesso it before painting it – or maybe using tissue paper ( not decided that bit yet) .I’ll post pics of the stages
    All good fun

  11. Here’s a project that I turned to Jonni for advice on. I was looking to make this puppet head waterproof so that it could be in a rain or shine parade. It’s designed to be Bette Midler’s character Winifred Sanderson from the movie Hocus Pocus. I went with a combination of wood glue and cellulose with paper strips. I had many volunteers helping with the paper mache, and while it’s not as smooth as I’d like, it was 15 feet tall and paraded at night, so I guess it was ok! Thank you, Jonni!

  12. Hi everyone and especially Jonni!
    Here is a project I wrote to Jonni about. It’s a puppet head I made for the National Park Service. It’s Winifred Sanderson, Bette Midler’s character in the movie Hocus Pocus. I asked Jonni how to make it waterproof, as it was to be in a rain or shine parade. Ultimately I went with a combination of wood glue and wallpaper adhesive (cellulose) with paper strips. I had several volunteers helping, and while the finish isn’t as smooth as I’d like, the puppet was 15 feet tall and the parade was at night so I guess it didn’t matter! Thanks to Jonni for all the info you share!

    • I think the black base makes it look regal (and rather expensive). I like it. If the black material was placed on top of a piece of wood to make the base even taller, that might be nice, too. But you know best – as you’ve already shown us. 🙂

    • What are you doing with my dog?

      I lost my Loki two years ago, and he is the love of my life. I was shocked to see him standing there.

      I like the base, also. A little bigger might be good, but then you have the problem of it taking up too much space on a shelf or what-not. Great job, and thank you for the surprise!

      • Ha ha.. I’m glad you like my Doberman .. I have made another base for him.. but it is the same size but thicker! Thanks again for your kind words

        • Well, I love him. And while I love Dobermans (a neighbor has one named King, show is scary but so loving!), I’m going to ignore your comment and think of him as a wonderful project of a min pin. (I know that they are not related, but still…) Thanks.

  13. Hi Folks
    I’ve repainted my Hound Dog with three coats of acrylic gesso! I’m quite happy with it now! (Although I may place it on a base ..to be decided later..).
    Thanks for your earlier help – much appreciated 🙂

  14. Hi Folks
    I’ve repainted my Hound Dog with three coats of acrylic gesso then with acrylic paint..and it decided to become a Doberman Pinscher and I’m quite happy with it now! (Although I may place it on a base ..to be decided later..).
    Thanks for your earlier help – much appreciated 🙂

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