Note: If you like cats but you’d like to start with a faster project, you might be interested in my new cat mask pattern. The pattern creates all the shapes for you so it’s a fast, fun project. You can see it here.
This video is a little long, but I wanted you all to have plenty to do until the next one comes out. Please let me know if you have any questions.
If you’ve read my book Make Animal Sculptures With Paper Mache Clay, you’ll notice right away that I didn’t cut the foam blocks into wedges this time, like we needed to do for most of the animals in the book. The reason for the wedges can be seen in this photo of my poor African elephant, who is posing in a very undignified position for the photo. He’s sitting up just like the cat, and his legs are splayed out so that his feet are wider than his legs at the hips.
When I looked at my cat photos, and then checked my cat closely while she sat still for a few seconds, her legs, or I should say the back limbs from the heal to the paw, seemed to be quite straight. And the upper portion of her legs, where the knee sticks up, didn’t seem to be at an angle, either. So we get away with using flat foam squares. If your cat pattern shows a cat in a different position, look closely at your reference photos. The foam pads may need to be narrower towards the tail.
All of the lessons to make a paper mache cat:
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, Lesson #1 – Making the Pattern
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, Lesson #2 – Making the Armature
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, Lesson #3 – Padding the Armature
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, Lesson #4 – Sculpting the Face
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, Lesson #5 – Toes, Ears and Tail
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, Lesson 6
- How to Make a Paper Mache Cat – Final Lesson
- Your Paper Mache Cats