This paper mache jaguar tutorial is from our friend Sattik, who lives in India. It’s obvious that he loves these big cats. He also suggests that we can learn more about them by visiting the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Thanks for the great tutorial, Sattik!
©2019 Sattik Halder
How to Make a Paper Mache Jaguar
I’m Sattik Halder, and I am back with my my new project, a paper Mache Jaguar. This is also my tribute to the big cat family. We should protect nature and wildlife. But humans show cruelty to them. So I have tried to make life-size paper mache Jaguar sculpture.
Here is the tutorial of it.
- old news papers
- papertape (masking tape)
- poster colours (or acrylic paint)
- paint brush
First, make a cardboard pattern of the Jaguar. And cut them down accordingly. Make sure you are safety enabled while handling the Scissors. [Note from Jonni – if you aren’t sure how to make a pattern for your own jaguar sculpture, check out this tutorial.)
Then start adding the crushed newspapers on the pattern as flesh with paper tapes.Bind the whole sculpture with paper tapes.
For the face portion it is is a bit complicated but not hard. Refer to an original Jaguar picture if you want or you can see the picture below. But for the eyes keep them Hollow to attach them later on after the whole sculpture is finished.
Now now for the body first make the body portion after that attached the Limbs with newspapers to make the all sculpture look puffed.
After the whole sculpture is finished , take some small pieces of white papers and cover the whole sculpture with the help of adhesive. Make sure you wear gloves .
After it hardens, you can see how white it is looking. Check for some details whether they are alright or not this will help you you to figure out the defects in your sculpture which will make it more perfect.
Then attach the eyes by making big Paper balls are you can attach glass Eyes if you want to. Then add some more details like the nose and many other things.
Then your sculpture is ready to to be painted. And don’t forget to make the paws.
Then paint the whole sculpture as directed in the picture or you can refer to an original picture. First paint the whole sculpture in a shade between orange and brown. Keep the ventral areas white. After it dries, take black colour and and make patterns of Jaguar body by referring to a picture.
Make the finishing touches by painting the eyes and adding nylon strings as its whiskers. And your Jaguar is finished!! What an amazing beauty they are!!!