Note: If you like cats, you might be interested in my pattern for a cat mask. Your kids can wear it, or you can display it as a wall sculpture, like I do. The pattern creates all the shapes for you so it’s a fast, fun project. You can see it here.
My cat is getting much closer to the day when I can start adding the paper mache. I really did think I could add the ears, toes and tail in this lesson, in addition to filling out the face, but the video would have taken way too long. Besides, it took me a long time to fill out the face, so I’m sure it will give everyone plenty to do before the next video.
The cat looks really ratty at the moment with tape all over her, and things aren’t as smooth as I would like. I tend to get a little sloppy with the armature ever since I developed the paper mache clay recipe – I know the clay will cover most of the bumps and smooth things out, while also making it easy to model the eyes and fur, so I don’t worry about it much. If you’re going to be using paper strips and paste instead, I’ll show you a trick or two for smoothing out the lumps when we get to that part of the project.
By the way, Jessie was very brave this week, and put up her very first video, called “How Kids Change Art.” She still isn’t quite brave enough to let us see her in the video (I made dozens of videos before I allowed myself to actually “star” in any of them, so I know how she feels). I hope you’ll take a moment to go check it out, and give her a bit of encouragement so we can see some more videos from her in the future.
And one last thing, which is sort of related to that last paragraph. I’ve been reading lately about creating a blog network. I confess that I still haven’t read that entire article to see exactly how it works, but I really like the idea of people with similar interests helping each other get traffic. Kind of like I just did when I pointed you to Jessie’s blog in the previous paragraph. If anyone is interested in helping me figure this system out, and if you’d like to help build the network, please let me know. I think it could be a challenging, yet interesting, project.
And now, here are the photos of my cat’s face. Click on the Images to see the full size photos:
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