How to Sculpt Paper Mache Animals
There are almost 200 tutorials on this site that show you how to create your own paper mache animals. To see them all, scroll through the tutorials below.
Elmer’s Art Paste Alternative – Methylcellulose
If you’ve looked for Elmer’s Art Paste recently, you know they don’t sell it anymore. But there is an alternative, pure methylcellulose, and it works even better than the Elmer’s product that is no longer available.
Painting Taxidermy Eyes, an Experiment
This is just an experiment, but I think this way of making glass taxidermy eyes has great promise, and they would look so nice on our paper mache animal sculptures.
Finally – We Can Make Paper Mache Clay with DAP Joint Compound!
It takes a little more work, but we can make paper mache clay with the DAP brand joint compound, if we make some home-made glue first. This post shows you how.
Make a Paper Mache Lop-Eared Bunny
This little bunny was made with paper mache over a clay sculpture. I don’t often do it this way, but it can be a lot of fun.
Painting Brown Eyes for the Grizzly Mask
I’m going to put my bear mask on my wall, so I painted some brown eyes for him, made with small foam balls. I did run into a little problem – OK, a really big problem – but it was easy to fix.
Paper Cement Clay Update
So far the outdoor paper cement clay experiment is working really well. After seven months, in hot summer sun and frigid winter weather, my toad sculpture has not been damaged at all.
Grizzly Bear Pattern for a Mask or Wall Sculpture
This printable pattern will help you create a realistic grizzly bear mask or wall sculpture. Or wear it to the party, and then add eyes and a hanger so you can enjoy it for years.
Sculpt Bear Fur with Paper Mache Clay
Watch this video to see how I sculpted fur on my new bear mask, using a small piece of aluminum foil as a sculpting tool.
Paper Cement Clay Update
The toad made with the new experimental Paper Cement Clay has now been outside for four months, in rain, sun and snow. How is he holding up? In this video we find out.
New Unicorn Mask Pattern
This new unicorn mask pattern is easy to put together. Once the paper mache is added, you can paint it any way you like, and add a beautiful mane with yarn or ribbon.
Dragon Head Pattern
This dragon head pattern will take some time to put together, but after you add your creative touches, like horns, spikes, and teeth, it will be a real eye-catching addition to any room.
Make Dragon Scales with DIY Air Dry Clay
How to sculpt several different types of scales for a dragon, lizard or snake sculpture, made with DIY air dry clay.
Friendly Full Size Lion – Full Sculpt 3.5 ft tall
How Amy Cole made her life-sized lion for a baby shower, using paper mache clay.
Toad and Dragon (and garden) Update
The paper cement toad has been out in the rain for two weeks. And I’ve been working on the new dragon pattern.
Painting the Paper Cement Clay Toad
The leaf casting and toad are now painted and ready to go out into the yard. They were sculpted with paper cement clay, an experimental weatherproof paper mache clay recipe that we’re just now trying out, to see how well it holds up with rain, sun and snow.
Garden Toad Made with New Weatherproof Paper Mache Clay
This project was an experiment to see if the new paper cement clay will stand up to a Minnesota winter.
Making a Leaf Casting with Waterproof Paper Mache Clay
This leaf casting is made with our experimental weatherproof (cement-based) paper mache clay. When it’s cured and painted, it will go out in the garden and left there for several seasons, to see how well it holds up in the rain and snow.
Making the Rock Base for the Blue Footed Boobies
This is my first attempt to sculpt with foam – and it gave me an excuse to splurge and buy a hot foam carving tool. 🙂