Joanne Gee, a reader who often shares her comments on this site, sent in a photo of a life-sized bust that she recently completed. I know there are a lot of folks who have been wondering if you can use paper mache clay for human figures and portraits, so you’ll enjoy seeing what Joanne did with this new material:
I asked Joanne to tell us a bit about her project. Here’s what she had to say:
I used a wire mesh and newspaper and tape armature to hold it up. Then I reinforced the whole thing with a thin layer or skin of plaster strips. When I was sure it was dry I used your clay over it to model. The only thing I would do different the next time is to try and make the sculpture lighter and to waterproof it first by varnishing before modeling. I am not sure about the weight of the sculpture becoming less – if this can be done – since it is life-size. I am currently working on a young girl – sort of in the process of taking a walk, to her upper torso while she is holding a bouquet of flowers. Any pointers on how to do long hair that is casually curly on this girl using the clay?
Hmm – good question about the hair. Any ideas, anyone?