We have a guest post today that I know you’ll enjoy. Theodore Carter created a paper mache sculpture that he titled “The Beast,” and he agreed to show us how it was made. There’s even a video at the bottom of the article. Thank you, Theodore!
You can find more of his work on his Facebook page. You have to love his artistic sense of humor. Be sure to like and share his page when you visit. 🙂
Making “The Beast”
©2018 Theodore Carter
I’ve created several no-impact, removable street art projects with the intention of disrupting public spaces around Washington, D.C. Some of my favorite targets are the traffic boxes around town.
I began a new paper mâché project with the intention of creating a gargoyle-type creature to place on top of a traffic box. I started with a square base and measured the back of my car to make sure I didn’t build too big. Next, I built the armature out of things I had around the house like cardboard, wood scraps, and old campaign yard signs. I built out with plastic bags, newspapers, and tape.
Next, I applied several layers of newspaper using a flour and water mixture. Then, I applied packing paper using a glue and water mixture.
I decided the piece wasn’t durable enough to pack sideways into the back of the car and that I wanted a harder exterior for transport. I tried out Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe!
Because the piece is about four-feet tall, I doubled the recipe and made plenty of batches. I never quite got the smooth consistency I see in Jonni’s videos, but with each batch, I got better at mixing up something right for me.
The recipe gave me a nice, sturdy exterior. I decided to paint it using a black, white, and red motif.
I’m pleased with the result, however the piece is large and heavy. While I do think it could fit in my car, I’m not willing to risk damaging the piece. For now, I’ve decided to let the traffic boxes be. That could change if I find someone with a pickup truck and a penchant for adventure. I’ve been invited to show work outdoors at D.C.’s Art All Night this coming fall. It’s an event for which I’d be willing to rent a truck. I’m thinking this might be a good opportunity for the public to interact with “The Beast.”