Made by Jon Keller
I haven’t posted any projects lately because I had to do a few portraits…… but I finally found the time to do a small paper mache project. This little guy was made from used printer paper, water and white glue. I painted him in a Mexican folk art style . A very fun little project , which took me three days from start to finish.
4 thoughts on “The Armadillo”
Ok Jon, here we go again about the armadillo. Are the scales/armor a separate piece/layer over the top or is it all one piece? I am asking because I’ve wanted to do an armadillo for a while. I want to do a black and white rendition with each layer of scales alternating black and white. I really haven’t thought it thru well but it would be much easier to do each alternating layer in just cereal box cardboard so it can be easily bent.
When I did my recent project , ” The Dragon Hatchling ” , I had made two paper mache eggs , a large one and a small one . I ended up using the large one for that project ( the size was worked better ) so I had an extra paper mache egg laying around. After a while , it occurred to me that the extra egg had a somewhat similar shape to an armadillo. So , I used the paper mache egg for the main body of the armadillo. There is no real armature in this project . The egg is quite sturdy , strong enough to serve as an exoskeleton ( more or less ). The 4 legs are wooden dowels attached to the egg and the head /ear section has a rigid cardboard support underneath the paper mache . The tail is twisted aluminum foil attached to a wooden dowel which slides into a hole in the back of the egg ( the tail is removable ) . The entire project was an unplanned evolution .
Thank you for your interest and your thoughtful comments.
What did you use as an armature Jon?
I love your Armadillo! The colors are wonderful and the dots kinda mimic scales which would be very difficult to make. Great job as always!