I’m waiting for the second-to-last layer of paper mache to dry on my big baby elephant so I can attach the ears and add the final “skin” of paper towels. (Paper towels looked very skin-like on my other hairless animal, the flying pig.) While I wait I’m trying to decide what I should work on next, and I’m hoping you, my readers, will offer your opinions.
There are two projects I’m considering right now – one of them would take a long time to finish, while the other one could be done in a day or two. And I’m sure there are many projects I haven’t thought of yet, so feel free to chime in, even if your idea has nothing to do with the two things listed below. After all, that’s how we ended up with several of the more popular paper mache tutorials on this blog.
Idea #1: A paper mache didgeridoo. Several months ago I got it into my head that I needed a didgeridoo. In fact,Â I actually made one. My original method was very time-consuming and somewhat difficult, but the shape was very organic and interesting. However, the sound was horrible and blowing on it made me dizzy.
I then did what I should have done before starting the project, and found out how to make a didgeridoo that actually sounds the way it’s supposed to. I don’t promise it will sound like this, but at least it shouldn’t sound like a farting elephant, like my first try.
So, does anyone out there have a burning need for a hand-made, hand-decorated didgeridoo of their very own? If not, I won’t bother, but if anyone thinks it would be fun, let me know. As I discovered a bit too late to save my first attempt, making one that actually works is easy, and only costs a few dollars.
Idea 2: This is the long-term project. I’ve been thinking about creating a book about weird and wonderful animals. Not made-up animals, like dragons, but real ones, like echidnas and other critters that astound us by their refusal to followÂ the “rules”of proper animal design.
The book would be illustrated by photos of paper mache sculptures, and include interesting facts and stories about the animals. It would not be a book to show people how to make the sculptures, although it might be fun to add links to this site if anyone thinks they would like to make their own.
The purpose of the book, for me, would be to give me an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful variety of life forms that nature has blessed us with, and I hope that readers would learn a thing or two, as well.
Do you have a favorite weird animal that you think I should include in the book? If so, let me know in your comments below. Who knows – your favorite creature could end up in the book.
OK – now back to my elephant.