You’re probably starting to wonder if I’m ever going to finish this silly raccoon – but I am, I promise! There just seems to be so many other things to do when the sun is shining…
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There are two important things to note in this video.
- The first thing to notice is that I took the hands and feet apart and rebuilt them – it was too hard to wrap paper mache around the toes as they were originally built because they were too close together.
- And although the corn starch paste worked, it took too long to dry and I wouldn’t use it again.
This raccoon was an experiment to see if we could use the blue shop towels with a paste made with corn starch. It worked, but I much prefer the joint compound and glue paste with this kind of paper.
The corn starch paste took a long time to dry because it kept pulling moisture out of the air. You can find the paste recipe I like better on this page. I use the same recipe for home-made gesso.
That said, this is now one of my favorite sculptures, and the pattern has been downloaded by many of my readers for their own raccoon sculptures.
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #1 – The Armature
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #2 – The Hands and Feet
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #3 – Padding the Armature
- You Are Here -> Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #4 – The Shop Towel Mache (and new toes)
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #5 – Adding Features and Fur
Here are the links to the web pages I mentioned in the video:
Corn starch paste – remember to add at least one more cup of water if you’re using it with the Scott blue shop towels!
If I made another raccoon, I’d go back to the paste made with drywall joint compound and white glue. It dries much faster, and you can also use it as DIY gesso to smooth the final layer of paper mache.
In the next video I’ll add the air-dry clay to make the eyes and nose, and I’ll test the tissue paper technique that Pedro showed us, to see if it works for fur as well as feathers.
I haven’t used this particular brand of air-dry clay before, so I’m not sure if it will stick to the paper mache. I guess I’ll find out in a day or two. And I’ll be using colored tissue paper with the fur – another experiment. This paper mache raccoon might be a slow project, but at least I’m learning a lot.