How Wishes Goodearth, from Tasmania, creates her figure sculptures.
For her delightful figures she uses tissue paper, glue and calcium carbonate (also called powdered marble, whiting or chalk). Thanks, Wishes, for writing this guest post for us.
©2020 Wishes Goodearth
How I make my paper mache figure sculptures:
I start by making a wire frame & cover with aluminium foil. I then attach it to a base of plywood.
I use tissue paper, the kind they wrap gifts in. I cut or tear small pieces & apply with a weak solution of Elmer’s white glue & water, as I add more paper.
I then mix some calcium carbonate into the glue & paint it on. This is a very SLOW process more like MEDITATION. You just add more paper & build up where it’s needed.
I place paper on the base plywood as well & wrap it around the feet, to keep the figure secure.
I use acrylic paints & clear spray paint finish. With the school girl’s bag I used some old leather pieces & for hair I crochet a small skull cap & I use Knitting wool, a very thick one, strip it into pieces small enough to go through a darning needle, sew it into the skull cap & glue onto head.
I’ve always been an artist of some sort I carved wood for along time & now I’m a potter. I have a small shop at the front of my home in Tasmania Australia, where I sell my pottery & paper mach’e…………I LOVE PAPER MACH’E & will always keep at it, I love the meditative aspect of it, as I can drift away, UNLIKE pottery where your racing the clock to beat the drying process. I am self taught, as I had kids very young.
I added 2 photo’s of the shop. My little shop is mostly tourist, I don’t make a lot but it keeps me occupied & in contact with people – when we don’t have a season like this. Our normally very busy High St. is empty.
You can see my pottery heads, which are my best seller [their planters] I also put in a window shot of Easter Bunny & a couple of chook planters. That was just a bit of fun, in these difficult times.
BTW, I have put 2 young people onto your site, one of them made your wall elephant, & is hanging in the shop for sale…..Thanks once more Jonni………..if I were younger I would have gone the internet way to sell.