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I recently received a request for instructions showing how to make a paper mache panda. I love the idea, and I’ve already picked out the spot where I’ll be putting my bear when he’s finished.
I haven’t started the panda yet, but there should be some progress in my studio this afternoon.
Meanwhile, I’m working on a pair of paper mache jackrabbits, and I’ll continue working on them as time allows. This is my first attempt to make a matching set. One jackrabbit is now ready for his ears and the final layer of brown paper and paste. The other one still needs to be filled out with crumpled newspaper and the first layer of paper mache.
I’m using patterns made from particle board, as you can see above. The patterns are helping a lot – I can make a sketch or two, use the sketches to make patterns, and then know that the finished paper mache sculpture will come very close to looking the way I originally imagined it.
Check back soon to see if I’ve got that panda tutorial finished. And if you have any suggestions of your own for future projects, be sure to let me know. I’m always open to new ideas.