Get a fast start on your next paper mache project or hand-made gift with Jonni’s easy downloadable patterns for masks, animal sculptures and faux trophy mounts. The patterns help you create a beautiful work of art, even if you’ve never sculpted anything before.
The very first post on this blog, back in November of 2008, was a tutorial I wrote to show how to sculpt a dragon with traditional paper mache strips and paste. I thought it would be fun to make another one, using some of the techniques and materials that I’ve developed in the last 13 months. This video shows how the armature is made, using the pattern you can find down below the video.
You’re welcome to use the big-footed dragon pattern that I used to make the armature in the video, but you might have more fun making your own. To use this pattern, draw a grid on a piece of cardboard or foam board, and then draw the pattern onto the grid, one square at a time. The size of the squares on your grid will determine the size of your finished dragon.
Hint – a larger sculpture is actually easier to make, because the details are easier to work with. I regret making my armature so small.
If you make a dragon, please let us see it – you can add a photo to the comments below, but please keep them under 800 px wide and “save for web” in your photo editing software.