Made by Mary
I suggested you make a cat for Halloween but you had already done one of those! Well, here is my attempt at a Halloween cat!
I wanted a cat that was scruffy with the typical arched back and sharp teeth. We have quite a few of these feral type cats here in Greece so I had plenty of inspiration. It was quite challenging to get the right balance as the head puts a lot of weight at the front. (Actually, I had to break the front legs to try to straighten them a bit to force the weight back a bit! Paper mache is very forgiving for mistakes like this!)
I wasn’t too bothered about how rough the paper mache clay looked as I felt this would add to the look I wanted, but in the event this caused problems with painting it black, as there are loads of little nooks and crannies that didnt take the paint first time. I will be coming back to this project several times before I can seal it and call it done. I might do another cat with different fur next time.
The frizz of fur along the spine was done with acrylic toy fur. I painted this black and stuck it to the spine and tail. The whiskers are made from fishing line. I built the cat on a wire armature that I stuffed with newspaper before wrapping the whole thing in tape. I find that using tin foil for the size of my works works out very expensive, but there is no doubt that you could get a better result!
I hope you enjoy my cat!