Make William the Egyptian Hippo – Painting the Blue Coat with Lotus Flowers

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This is the final post in this three-part series about making William the Blue Egyptian Hippo with paper mache clay.

I used the Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint, color “Legacy”, for the base coat. It was the only blue chalk paint I had on hand.

I then pushed it more towards turquoise with an additional coat, using the stencil brush and some paint I mixed up using the white chalk paint and cobalt turquoise fluid acrylic paint that I had available.

A blizzard was forecast, so it wasn’t a good time to run to town for a few dollars worth of paint.

Even though I used three different brands and two different kinds of paint, it still came out really nice.

The real color is much more green than it looks in the video (the lights, you know), but if you’d like to start out with a color that’s closer to the Met’s William, Deco Art’s “Treasure” is probably a better choice.

I’d still use the stencil brush, and I’d add a second coat in a slightly different color, perhaps with just a dab of white, to make the big expanse of blue more interesting.

One side has the lotus pattern from the Met’s William, and the other side has the pattern from one of Wikipedia’s William, third image down. (I thought I could trust Wikipedia to always get things right …) So – I may not have a museum-worthy William of my own, but I really like him. Now I have to decide who’s going to get him for Christmas. 🙂

And here, once again, is the way my William turned out:

William the Hippo
William the hippo, after painting – this side is close to the Met’s William the Egyptian Hippo’s Lotus pattern.
Make William the Egyptian Hippo - Painting the Blue Coat with Lotus Flowers
My Hippo, seen from the other side, showing the pattern taken from Wikipedia’s William..

Be sure to find your own resource photos, and feel free to use other flowers or designs. The Egyptians painted their blue hippos in a lot of different ways, so there’s no reason why we can’t, too. 🙂

Remember – if you make your own copy of William the Egyptian blue hippo, be sure to come back and show him off. We would love to see how it comes out.

Hippos made by readers and submitted on the Daily Sculptors Page:

Blue Egyptian Hippo in paper mache

Blue Egyptian Hippo

Made by Kris Pratt
Paper Mache copy of William the Blue Egyptian Hippo

William the Blue Hippo

Made by Aurelia Sieberhagen
Zen-doodle hippo

Another William, but with zen doodle

Made by Eileen Gallagher
William the Egyptian Hippo made with paper mache

William the Hippo, Mandala Style

Made by Carol Brown
William, the Blue Hippo in Paper Mache

Happy William

Made by Denise Wilkin
Barney the paper mache hippo

Barney the Hippo

Made by Linda Krautner

5 thoughts on “Make William the Egyptian Hippo – Painting the Blue Coat with Lotus Flowers”

  1. Thank you for sharing these video’s of William! I found them all very inspirational and can’t wait to get started on something with these technique’s! 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh Jonni, I have just watched all 3 of your William tutorials! I am so impressed with the detail and exactedness (I know, not a word) of your process. He is a beautiful “William” inspired rendition. It looked like you had such great fun doing him and I for one am glad you took a break from writing to share this with us.
    I must disagree with you about the tin foil method not being very intuitive, I find it easier than the paper and tape method. I guess that’s why God made us all different though. It is funny how everyone differs with their preferences. I don’t even use the patterns any more, I just use wire and tin foil.
    What a lovely project! You sell yourself short with the painting of the flowers. I’m sure you could have painted them. Using marker has always smeared when I applied the varnish, no matter how long it had dried.
    What a fun project, thank you!


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