This is the second in the planned series of display masks/wall art/? – I haven’t quite figured out what to call them yet (suggestions welcome, as always).
I’m happy with both the cougar and the hippo. They’re now hanging on my office wall, and I enjoy their company. Black Bear is next.
I’m also enjoying the process of creating them with the clay > silicone mold > “instant” paper mache > acrylic paint > beeswax varnish. If you missed the recipe for the paper and plaster mix I’m using for these, you’ll find it on the cougar page. I wanted to make a video of the various processes, but I managed to break my video camera a few weeks ago. Oh well — it was a fun toy while it lasted…
One idea that keeps floating around in my mind is the possibility of designing architectural details to make with this material. The Victorians did it, but with an army of cheap workers and some industrial equipment that I wouldn’t be able to reproduce. However, it might still be possible to do it just for my house, using the techniques I’m using for the masks. A sculpted chair rail would be a fun project to start with, but I need to do some research to see if the pieces can be nailed or sawn, and if the surface would be too prone to chipping. I’ll keep you posted.
But the bear will come first, of course. [Edit – I got distracted and never made the black bear with the DIY paper mache, but I did make a 3D pattern for a black bear wall sculpture. You can see it here.]