As you may know, since last November I’ve been working very hard to create my new book, Make Animal Sculptures With Paper Mache Clay. Now, (finally!) it’s finished and it’s available on Amazon.com. You can see the cover image on the right, in the sidebar. The table of contents is below:
You can search inside the book on Amazon.com and see many more pages. The book should be available on Amazon.co.uk by the end of this month, and we should see Amazon.com start to discount the book in the next few weeks. Be sure to bookmark it, or put it in your Wish List.
I can’t tell you how excited I was when I received the proof copy from the printers a few weeks ago – what a joy to hold the real, physical book in my hands after seeing it only as a collection of photos and text in a computer file.
Here’s how the book is described on the back cover:
If youâ€™ve always wanted to create life-like animal sculptures, but you thought it would be â€œtoo hardâ€ or â€œtoo expensive,â€ youâ€™re in for a very pleasant surprise. This book contains step-by-step instructions and over 250 photos to guide you through the enjoyable process of making realistic animal sculptures in a whole new way.
Jonni Goodâ€™s easy techniques help you create stunning wildlife art without the mess usually associated with papier mache — and the patterns included in each chapter guarantee that your sculptures will be perfectly shaped and proportioned from the very start.
Paper mache clay takes about 5 minutes to make, using inexpensive ingredients. Applying it to your form is as easy as frosting a cake. It goes on smooth and dries hard and strong. Itâ€™s easy to form life-like details like eyes and noses, fur and scales. Then finish your sculptures with acrylic paints to bring them to life. Jonni even shows you how to create your own patterns from original drawings or photos, so you can use her techniques to sculpt any animal you like.
Creating life-like animal sculptures has never been so easy, or so much fun!
New Book Page
I recently created a special page for the book where I will be answering any questions readers might have about the techniques shown in the book.You can see the tab at the top of the blog.
The book page also seemed like a good place to compile a FAQ list for the paper mache clay recipe. We’ve received many questions and suggestions over the last few months, and they’re scattered all over the blog. To make it easier for everyone who has questions about this new make-it-yourself sculptural material, I’ve gathered the questions and answers on the book page. If you have questions about the paper mache clay recipe, check the book page first – someone else may have asked already, and you can get your answer fast. If you don’t see the answer, please ask.
You may have seen the videos I created recently, showing you the projects in the book. I made the videos to explain why I chose these particular animals for my projects, and what special skills you’ll learn when you build each critter. In case you missed the videos, you can click on the images below:
I do hope you’ll continue to share photos of your paper mache clay projects with us – I love seeing them, and I know they are a great inspiration for other readers. The book page would now be a perfect spot for that. I hope the new Book page will become an important resource for all of us, as we all contribute our ideas, questions and supportive advice.
And now – I’ve got some celebrating to do! (I already have ideas for my next book – a coloring book with portraits of endangered animals – but I haven’t started it yet. I’ll keep you posted.)