Posts Tagged ‘Clothe Mache’

Texturing the giraffe

17 Jan

Last post, I said that I was going to start painting next, but I decided to add a texture over the cloth mâché. I thought that instead of being smooth, the giraffe might gain some character if I applied a filler and tooled it to look a bit like fur. This might sound a bit odd, but I just bought some cheap latex caulk, squirted it on and tooled it using a piece of hair comb. The effect was pretty good as you can see.

Fur texturing

Around the eye, it looks like this…

Eye detail

And still more!

Mouth detail

Next, I’ll start getting a base color laid down over the texturing. Couldn’t you just imagine this hanging in the kid’s section of your local library? It would definitely get noticed!


Snake Lamp

19 Dec

I love coming across other artist’s work in papier-mâché and other techniques. Here’s a piece that artist Ellen Calier calls “Sneak”.

Sneak by Ellen Carlier

This kind of papier-mâché is whimsical and fun… and if you seal it well, can even be displayed outdoors. I know some people use spar varnish and/or polyurethane, but I think even those degrade over time causing fissures that allow moisture in. This would spoil the piece for sure. What I’ve heard of lately is using the two part resin that glass fabric is embedded in for fiberglass. This is a type of epoxy that hardens hard and clear, so if you get your piece sufficiently coated, it would seal it against all weather.

Guess I’m gonna have to try it!


Faux safari trophy

28 Sep

I’ve had an idea for a long time that I wanted to do a “faux animal trophy”. I’m not necessarily a safari enthusiast, but there’s something odd and comical about mounting an animal’s head on a piece of wood, so I thought, why not make one that doesn’t harm any animals and looks even funnier than the real thing?

In keeping with my mantra of reusing things, I built an armature out of scrap wood and junk screws. The armature has a base that is the shape of the “cross section” of the animal’s neck. My plan is to build out the piece using paper and cloth mâché and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it realistic or funny, but the result should be a lot of fun.

Armature for the the giraffe

I’m also not sure if I’m going to steampunk it or not…we’ll see! Clearly, you can see that my “safari animal” is a giraffe and it’s about 5 feet long! Yup, that’s going to stick out into the room a bit! Fortunately, it’s not going to be too much of a head banger because it heads up towards the ceiling as it goes out into the room, but what an impression it’s going to make! I’ve turned to picture below so you can see what I mean about it heading up as it goes towards the ceiling.

Giraffe; "hanging view"

Let me know what you think. Would you make it serious or funny?


Holiday cheer

20 Dec

Just in time for the holidays, I’ve completed a piece that would look great on a table, next to the tree or maybe even on the porch! Inspired by Calvin and Hobbes (my daughter loves that strip…), I thought a snowman that has the exasperated, anguished look that is common in the “Calvin snowmen” would be fun.

This snowman is papier and cloth mache, finished in acrylics and wash with a real scarf for accent. He was a big hit at the holiday party my friends at The InSights Group held on December 10th, and I’m sure you’ll love him too (he IS for sale as well, if you’re interested!).


Strike a pose!

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille...