This morning I received a comment from a reader who has been searching for a pattern she could use to make a monkey or gorilla in paper mache, like the patterns I’ve been creating for the elephant, panda, and others here on this blog. Unfortunately, I haven’t made the pattern she’s looking for yet, and as far as I know, this is the only place where you can find them. I may be wrong, but I believe I invented the idea of using patterns for papier mache sculptures.
For months now I’ve been intending to write a book that includes some of the patterns I’ve already created, with updated instructions using the less-messy paper mache clay instead of laminated paper and paste. I would also include many new patterns, along with instructions that show you exactly how to make a pattern of your own, using a photo for a reference. I’ll even show you how to find photos you can use without violating anyone’s copyright.
Now that winter is setting in, and I don’t have any other pressing projects to do, it’s a perfect time to get started on that book. Your suggestions would be very welcome:
- What animals should I develop patterns for?
- What specific problems do you encounter with papier mache sculptures that you would like help with?
- Would you like to explore subjects other than critters?
- Is “paper mache clay” a good name for the recipe I’m using now? (I think “paper clay” is taken).
- And anything else you can think of…
I hope to get started just as soon as I get home from a short trip, so please keep your suggestions coming. I may be a little slow approving comments since I’ll be spending some time on a bus, (this country really needs a competitor for Greyhound), but your comments will show up as soon as I can get to an Internet connection.
Thanks for your help – and thanks for all the nice comments this blog has received in the past year. It’s so much fun to hear from you.