The Armadillo

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.

Paper mache armadillo before painting

3 thoughts on “The Armadillo”

  1. Hi Pat…..
    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.


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