The paper mache owl mask is now almost ready for the paper mache.
I worked in front of my computer yesterday, looking at photos of the Great Horned Owl that I found on Google Image Search. There are tons of them!
In the video you’ll see the changes I made since I worked on the ‘rough draft’ of the mask, and it now has ears (or horns? they look like ears to me). I’ll do a few very minor tweaks to the clay model, and then let it sit in the freezer for a few minutes while I mix up some paper mache paste.
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Why put it in the freezer? Because the plastilina is so soft that every time I move the mask, I bump the beak and it bends. The cold will harden the clay so I can’t damage the shapes while I add the paper mache. I like to use the soft clay, and if it wasn’t for that beak sticking out, I wouldn’t bother cooling the clay before adding the paper mache. However, a crooked beak just won’t do.
I haven’t quite decided yet if I should use strips of brown paper with flour and water paste, or blue shop towels and the joint compound/glue gesso recipe for paste. Either one would work. If you have a preference, let me know.