Monday, April 23, 2012

Building a Moon...

Layer by layer,
A quick synopsis of the steps I go through.
I always start with a clump of mache.
 I wasn't going to show this shot, because it
has a strand of my Kittie's fur on it.
But ya know, she's part of the family, 
and she was just curious to see what I was up to.
At least it's not a hacked up fur-ball.
I shape the base into a mound, and when it's almost dry I
add wood dowels or heavy gauge wire.  Just an armature
so the mache has something to grab.
 I do, add glue if I use wood.  If I use wire,
it's a different process, and I'll show that later.
I let this completely dry before I start adding the  
I roughly shape out the body, by adding to the wood,
and let this dry a bit, and keep adding mache until 
I get the shape and form I want.
I usally use pure paper mache to form my sculpts, but
I had this styrofoam ball, and it was quicker to show.

 I add a rough nose and the first layer of cheeks.
I position wire for the arms and lay in
mache to form a cap.

 This is as far as I got.  I had to make some 
arms.  And I will finish enough to show in a few days.

On another note...I'm heading into my 8th week, of 
fighting a bacteria that wants to take over my body.
The body snatcher!

Be Well! 
I certainly hope to be.


Creative Wings Boutique said...

i luv it already.cant wait to see it all finished and painted.

Doreen Frost said...

Hello are SO sweet for sharing this..I do mache now and again and find this very helpful..I always have to figure a stand for my dolls, ect..because I had no idea how to get them to be free standing..NOW I do..thank you SO much :)

wishing you joy, doreen

the wild magnolia said...

be gone epazudie! all away fast. hope you are feeling better.

amazing process, you are talented. i love this!

Cobblestone Creations said...

What fun to peek behind the curtain and see the magic happening. Really enjoyed this post!!!

maddyrose said...

Yep! Your process is almost identical to mine. I guess since we both use paper mache clay that's to be expected.
Fight that bacteria off with everything you've got and hopefully it won't last much longer. Hugs

yoborobo said...

I love seeing how you make your little magical beings! As for bugs that won't leave, I am so sorry! Try upping your cranberry juice and vitamin C. And rest. REST. :)) xox Pam

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love seeing works in progress!

I hope you are feeling better my friend!


Jan Conwell said...

That was fun. I've been thinking to use paper mache pulp as a filler under the paperclay, as it's less expensive and I have a good recipe for it, but I love the way you use it with its wonderful textural effect.