Downloadable Patterns for Animal Sculptures and Masks
Printable armature patterns – the fast, stress-free way to create beautiful works of art.
Get a fast start on your next paper mache mask or sculpture with one of these easy-to-use patterns created by wildlife artist Jonni Good.
- If you’re in a hurry, these patterns will help you complete your project faster – perhaps days faster than starting from scratch.
- If you love to paint, these patterns help you create a 3-dimensional “canvas” that you can use to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.
- If you think it might be fun to sculpt animals, but you don’t want to spend weeks or months learning how to do it before you can begin, these armature patterns help you create beautiful, realistic sculptures and masks, even if you’ve never done it before.
The patterns are not intended for small children.
They would be very frustrated when trying to cut out the pattern pieces and taping them together. However, many kids have helped their parents and grandparents create sculptures and masks from these patterns. The kids have a lot of fun, they’re proud of their sculptures , and their grownups enjoy the bonding experience while helping their children create something beautiful.
But please – don’t expect very young children to use these patterns without your help. For that, the artist should be thirteen or older.
How do the patterns work?
The armature patterns create all the basic shapes for you. Just cut them out of card stock or cardboard, as the instructions indicate, tape them together, and cover them with just one layer of paper mache or paper mache clay.
Then add your own creative touches and a coat of acrylic paint, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind mask or sculpture that could be treasured for years.
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, my paper mache clay recipe or my air-dry clay recipe instead. You can find the recipes in the Art Library. There’s a link to it at the top of the site.
Or finish your mask or sculpture with faux fur (many people have done that with the wolf and bear patterns). Or use Apoxy Sculpt, duct tape, spray paint, or whatever your creative genius comes up with. I use paper mache, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?
I love questions!
There are two ways to contact me:
The fastest way to get an answer is to leave a comment on this page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might also chime in to help – we have a very supportive community here on this site.
If you prefer to reach me privately, you can send an email to [email protected] – I get a ton of spam and I don’t want your email to get lost, so please put “paper mache” in the subject line. If you don’t hear back from me within 24 hours, assume the cyberspace gremlins ate your email and try again.