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I confess – I’ve been a slacker lately when it comes to paper mache sculpture, and I’m starting to feel guilty about letting my blog go for so long without a new post. I have good excuses, of course. I’ve been building a chicken house, reading up on gardening, and entertaining guests. But, excuses aside, I sometimes need to throw myself into something different in order to recharge the creative batteries.
I spent a few days with my grandson last week, so it seems like a good time to concentrate on projects that younger artists would enjoy. Here’s a few great paper mache projects I found for kids:
This is the rabbit at the top of this post. I love the photo of a three-year old helping to put paper strips and paste on the bunny’s head. The puppet is made with a paper mache bunny head and ears, and a fabric “body” where the hands go. It’s a great idea for younger artists. http://bkids.typepad.com/bookhoucraftprojects/2008/07/project-29-pupp.html
This post is wonderful, because it gives complete, detailed instructions for teachers and parents. And the little buildings the kids make in this project are quite lovely. I think I might have to make a few for myself. (Hmmm – a tiny village for the “little people” tucked in among the cabbages? I still have some of that marine varnish left over from the paper mache tortoise.). http://www.artforsmallhands.com/2010/06/papier-mache-buildings.html
This post shows how the artist created a sculpture based on the Nightmare Before Christmas. It would be too advanced for younger artists to make themselves, but it sure would be a fun decoration for an older child’s bedroom (assuming the “nightmare” part wouldn’t keep them awake). Very nicely done, and great photos, too. http://monstermade.webstarts.com/props_2.html
These mirrors are bright, creative, and fun.
That’s it for today’s post. The sun is shining, and I still haven’t finished that chicken house….