Made by Maira E
This is my first time with paper mache.
I was inspired by something quite similar seen online time ago.
For the mermaid armature I used a small plastic plant pot, aluminum foil and tape.
I covered the armature with thin layer of paper mache and, when the sculpture was dry, I smoothed the surface with joint compound applied with wet fingers.
After letting it dry I engraved fish scales and some details using precision cutter.
I also added a few scratches here and there as worn effect.
I decided not paint it, I just applied wax paste previously mixed with a little bit of dark brown acrylic color. This finish protects sculpture and colored wax stuck in folds and scratches adds a vintage touch.
Thank you so much Jonni for your very useful tutorials, I greatly admire you and your fantastic works.
6 thoughts on “Mermaid”
What a great idea! That mermaid would sell in a minute in a plant shop. It looks great not painted. Love it!
I love this and the idea of leaving it with a natural look.
it’s beautiful.. wish we could see the foil armature. Could you email it to me?
Thank you Lizzy, unfortunately I only have photos of finished work.
It’s really gorgeous! So unique, with that vintage touch.
That is my favorite mermaid ever! She is regal and I love her form and content. Yeah!