Made by Anne Harmon
After watching a few of Jonni’s YouTube videos, I decided to jump right in and try my hand at paper mache. After making Fred, the bird, I decided to go big and make Raul, the giraffe. I created a skeleton out of PVC pipe, made the armature out of anything I could find, applied the clay, and had a great time painting him in my unconventional style. I enjoyed experimenting without a pattern, but if I had it to do over again, I would take greater care with the proportions (I wish the legs were longer), make the surface much smoother with extra layers of drywall compound, and ensure greater stability by making the neck more vertical. In spite of my mistakes, I’m pleased with the results.