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Baby Giraffe Print


If you like animal art, check out Jonni’s new Baby Giraffe print. It will make you smile.



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  • Jonni, I just found your sight this evening and I love it… the only thing that would have been better is if I had found it 6 months ago… I’ve been home bound since last July and keep trying to find things to do to keep myself entertained. It is late tonight (almost midnight…) so I’ll have to fully check out it out tomorrow… I did a little bit of a craft that I haven’t seen in years back in the 70’s called “Dip n’Drape…” I loved it back then and look forward to learning from you…

    • Welcome, Beverly! We would love to see what you make, so be sure to come back and let us know what project you decide to work on. And be sure to visit the Daily Sculptors page, too, and see all the nice things our other readers are making. We have a very supportive community, and I’m glad you decided to join us. 🙂

  • Jonni, I came across your site when I was researching paper mache for the first time. I decided to attempt my first paper mache project because I was throwing a dinosaur party for my 2 little boys and there wasn’t any decent decorations that were what I was looking for. So, this is my first time doing an armature, first time making a masking tape sculpture, first time making paper mache clay, first time sculpting teeth, etc. I am now in LOVE with this art medium. My dinosaur turned out larger than I was originally planning, but it was a blast to do and I think the kids at are party are going to love it. I have also made a flying pteranodon to hang from the ceiling to go with it and bought a photography backdrop and artificial greenery to set a whole scene for this guy. Thank you so much for your free recipes, advise, and tutorials!

    • Wow – your donosaur is amazing! Thank you so much for showing him to us. Those teeth and claws look deadly – what did you use for those? And do we get to see the pteranodon, too? And – did you happen to take progress photos? If you did, I know my readers would love to see a guest post showing us how you made your dino. If you’d be interested in doing that, just let me know. 🙂

      • Hi again. Yes, I do have progress pictures of making him. I used Sculpey bake clay for the teeth, claws, and toenails. After attaching them with hot glue, I used the blue shop towels on small strips dipped in Glue All and wrapped around my glued on pieces. It worked great! I am done with the pteranodon though I haven’t hung it up yet. For that I basically did the masking tape sculpture, coated with your paper mache clay recipe. For the wings, I referred to the guest artist on here that made that amazing dragon and used a bed sheet dipped in glue and hung upside down to dry. Painted, attached claws and eyes. It was pretty easy compared to the big guy.
        I’d be fine with writing a detailed account of putting these dinos together, but you’d have to direct me how to do it. Thanks!

        • Your pteranodon really turned out nice! I’ve never heard of these creatures before, so now I have to go look him up. Maybe this is where the idea of dragons came from.

          If you’d like to send in a guest post, just send an email to me with both the text of your article and the photos you want to go with it. Put notes in the article so I’ll know which images go where. Tell me how to introduce you and give me a web address if you’d like me to link to your site or facebook page.

  • Merhaba jonni çok ba?ar?l?s?n. Ben ipli kukla yapmak istiyorum. Hangi malzemeyi kullanmam daha uygun olur. Bilgi verirsen sevinirim.

  • Know that I got size thing. I thoudht I would let every know so if have same problem they well know what to do. Down load too Facebook, then down load it back to your PC. I allso thought I would let you see another one I did,

    • What a great idea! I didn’t know you could do that. I’ll stick your idea up at the top of the page, and I know it will help a lot of people.

      I love that sculpture, by the way. I recognize the creature. He’s an Egyptian god, isn’t he? But can’t remember the name – remind me?

      • Wooden rods,an fome, Paper strips, an paper mache clay. painted him with acrylic paint.His out fit is made from painters drop cloth. he’s not my first paper mache Im happy with the way it came out.

  • Hi Jonni thank you for all your hard work and efforts with this marvellous medium. I’ve always loved using the older method of paper strips and paste but I recently bought your book ‘ Make Animal Sculptures’ and had a go at making your paper clay recipe. However I didn’t have an electric whisk and instead used my it wasn’t very effective. I made a fish with cardboard armature but it was extremely lumpy! See pic..You’ll be glad to hear that I’ve bought an electric whisk now though! And I think I’ll halve or quarter the quantity too..I seem to have rather a lot! ?

    • Hi Drusilla. I agree that mixing it by hand isn’t easy. I like to make pretty big sculptures, so I always make the full batch, but if you like working smaller you can certainly cut the recipe in half or even quarters. Now, just in case the lumps could be caused by something other than the mixer, I want to make sure you’re not using DAP brand joint compound? It will make the mixture lumpy, too.

    • By the way, you said to see the pic, but there isn’t one. The file size was probably too big. If you edit it to make it smaller, it will probably work.

  • Hello my name is Jim and I was wondering if you have patterns for a standing life-size single hump camel?

    • No, I don’t. If you have my book about making animal sculptures, it explains how to make a pattern of any animal, and the size can be changed to suit your needs. By the way, a camel is so tall, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t fit inside my house (and wouldn’t fit through the doors). So I’m curious – where will your camel be displayed when it’s done?

      • Our church does a live nativity every other year, and we have horses, donkeys, chickens, sheep, we do full bethlehem village from the guards at the gates to peasants selling goods on the streets, taxes collector, we have borrowed 2 camels from another church, but they r using them this year. And we thought it was time we made our own.

  • Amo os seus trabalhos, não me canso de assistir os seus vídeos pelo youtube. São fantásticos. E a Senhora passa uma tranquilidade e uma experiência única…Amo ver seus trabalhos, sua dedicação. Fazer o cachorro, achei fantástico…
    Gerson Lima
    Salvador- Bahia- Brasil

    • The only pattern I’ve made for a pig is the one in my How to Make Animal Sculptures book, and it’s a silhouette pattern for the whole pig, not 3D. And not a mask. Sorry. That sounds like a really fun project, though. There are a lot of mask tutorials on the site, and you might find one that gives you some ideas.

  • Love all your art pieces looking forward to try them in my free time ,lots of love from Thailand??

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