Made by Jon Keller
I started this project by looking at lots of frog images on the internet . When I decided exactly what I wanted to make , I made an armature ,based on an image of a frog skeleton , for my reference.
The paper mache was made from newspaper , water and white glue .
The frog was sculpted as if it were clay.
The leaves were made by rolling some paper mache flat , in between two layers of plastic wrap. When it was almost dry , I cut and shaped the leaves. When fully dry I grouped them into clusters , with a short piece of wooden dowel at the base , so they could easily be attached to the “bamboo”.
The bamboo was made using the cardboard tubes that are in the center of paper towel rolls . With a little paper mache and some paint , they can be made to look a lot like bamboo.
Everything was painted with acrylic paint and then varnished. The frog was varnished with high gloss polyurethane . The bamboo ( and the leaves ) were varnished with matte finish water based varnish.
After all the individual elements were painted and varnished I assembled the finished piece.