Four Elephants

Made by Rex Winn

Here are the four elephants I have been working on forever! My best friend wanted one, then my sister, then a friend, and I hope to keep one myself. Onto their forever homes, finally.

I want to thank Jonni for her unending support and knowledge. Her book “make animal sculptures” is my Bible! I used her wash technique on her elephant in that book, and also thank her for her pattern from this site. (Even though I made an African elephant instead of an Asian one — more or less!)

I have been looking at the elephants posted here for a long time and admire the wrinkles ones, especially, but you’ll notice no wrinkles on these. I couldn’t get there but hopefully one day. Thanks for your constant inspiration and showing your works here.

Paper mache clay elephant

Paper mache clay elephant

Paper mache clay elephant

Paper mache clay elephant

14 thoughts on “Four Elephants”

  1. Rex they are wonderful! You have really managed to give them such individual character. They look as if they frolic around trumpeting joyfully. I love the paintwork and the fabulous glaze makes them look just like fired ceramics. I’m sure it will make them very durable too. Lovely. The recipients are very lucky and I’m glad you are keeping one for yourself.

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    • Thanks, Sarah, your comment is helpful to my ego! I was so set on doing wrinkles, but the glaze kept me moving forward. Appreciate it.

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  2. Rex, I love your small herd of elephants! They may have taken forever to complete but they are so worth it in the end! You are always so critical of your painting but they are masterfully done! I wonder which one you will keep?

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    • Thanks, Eileen, painting is traumatic for me!

      I’m keeping the last one, just above. The silly bird is almost done. First layer of paint, but I am making myself clear off my work table (now in the living room) along with the dining table (which is now a watercolor table). If I’m going to work on seven projects at once, I need a little discipline! Thanks so much.

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  3. Rex, they are wonderful. I absolutely love their expressions and the paint jobs are incredible!! I love your work!!!

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    • Thanks, Susan. I appreciate hearing about the paint job because that is always the most difficult part for me.

      How is the zoo doing?

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  4. Fantastic color on them!
    And, with 4 all together like that it brought back childhood memories of the “Babar” books (…if yours had been “dressed”, even more so!)

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    • Oh, my gosh! I haven’t thought of “Babar” for many decades. When I make more than one of anything, I always want a herd of them around. Thank you. (I’ll have to leave it to someone else to do the dressing!)

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    • Thank you, Orlando. Yes, “make animal sculptures” is a great book. I had a friend stop by to pick up a book a while back, and he said, “It looks beaten up.” I told him, “NOT THAT ONE. Take any book but that one.” It was funny, but it is true. Once you go through the book, you can do many things; otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing paper mache. Thanks, again.

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    • Thanks for the comments and all the support. I’m liking them more the longer they are finished! Onto the next adventure.

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