Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures, Masks and Wall Art
Use Jonni’s patterns and instructions to create beautiful hand-crafted works of art for your home.
3-D Patterns for “Faux Trophy Mount” Wall Sculptures:
Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures and Masks:
About the sculpting patterns:
You don’t need any sculpting experience to make these sculptures and masks, and the materials don’t cost much, either. Your pattern can be downloaded to your device right after you order so you can print it out and start sculpting right away.
The patterns will include written instructions or a link to step-by step videos that walk you through the sculpting process all the way to a successfully completed project. Click the links to learn the details about each project.
The patterns for four-legged animal sculptures come as a printable PDF that you’ll transfer to cardboard. Then you cut around the edges of the pattern pieces and put them together so the armature stands up. Then you’ll fill out the forms with crumpled paper or foil.
If you’ve read Jonni’s best-selling book How to Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay, you know how much easier it is to sculpt a realistic animal when you start with one of these patterns.
Some of these patterns have been downloaded by thousands of people who have used them to successfully created their own paper mache sculptures, even if they’ve never sculpted anything before.
Wire Armature Patterns.
The Chihuahua pattern helps you create a wire armature that goes on the inside of the sculpture, like ‘bones.’ There’s also a pattern that helps you fill out the forms of your pooch with crumpled foil and masking tape so all the shapes and proportions are right. This is the project that inspired Jonni’s book How to Make Tiny Paper Mache Dogs.
The mask patterns help you create masks out of cardboard, which are then covered with paper mache and painted. If you’re looking for a fast project, a mask would be a great choice. You can wear your masks or you can display them as wall art.
The patterns for the faux trophy mount wall sculptures at the top of this page are 3-D papercraft patterns. They create all the shapes for you. Just print them out, tape them together using the numbered tabs, and add paper mache or paper mache clay.
The correct placement of each piece is clearly shown on the pattern. After it’s been taped together, you support the forms on the inside, and cover with paper mache or paper mache clay. Add paint and your own creative embellishments – the result is a “faux trophy mount” you made yourself.
Do you have to use paper mache to create sculptures and masks with these patterns?
No. The patterns shown on this page can be made with traditional paper strips and paste, but you could also use Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe or her air-dry clay recipe instead. You can find the recipes in the Paper Mache Art Library. There’s a link to it at the top of the site.
Or you could use Apoxie Sculpt or any other brand of epoxy clay to make your sculpture if you’d like to put it outside, or if you just want to try it out. That’s what Jonni used for her unicorn and bunny sculptures.
You will want to wait until the paper mache is completely dry all the way through before painting your sculpture or mask, and drying paper mache takes time – this is not an “instant” art form. However, you can speed up the process if you put your sculpture or mask in front of a fan to dry.
Painting your sculpture or mask:
Most people use acrylic artists paint or craft paint on a paper mache sculpture or mask. Acrylic chalk paint was used for the unicorn and bunny sculptures, which gives them a soft-looking coat. You can buy acrylic paint online or find it in the craft section of WalMart.
After painting, it’s a good idea to seal your sculpture with an acrylic varnish. If you live in a humid environment, this is very important, because you won’t want your sculpture to draw moisture from the air.
Share your new sculptures and masks with our community:
When your sculpture is finished, we would love to see it! Please post a photo in the comments below, or come visit our community on the Daily Sculptors page and post a photo there. You’ll find a link to it at the top of the page.
Do you have any questions?
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