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, (it started to snow a few minutes after I finished the video. Welcome, winter!) so it wasn’t a good time to run to town for a few dollars worth of paint. But hey – it turned out really nice, imho.
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:
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.