Dem Bones

Jonni at Ultimate Paper Mache has been an incredible teacher to me thru her website and youtube videos. Her work is so fun to look at, and her sculpting templates are a helpful tool for beginners like me. I purchased the giraffe and the skull pattern, but I know I’ll be back for more.

The skull pattern comes human-sized, but I wanted a giant one, so I enlarged it 350% and it ended up 24″ tall.

I printed the enlarged pattern at Staples on 11×17 paper. Then, following Jonni’s detailed instructions, I glued each pattern piece to the posterboard and taped the seams and darts together. Assembling the GIANT pattern took about 5 hours total.

I rigged some internal supports and a paper towel holder to get the skull to stand up. Next, the hollow form will need a layer of paper mache strips sealed with Flex Seal to make the shell rigid to handle my subsequent layers. I hope that this will be a reusable form for several sculpting projects.

On a side note, a shoulder injury keeps me from getting my hands in the clay. So, it will be 6-8 weeks before I can continue with my polymer clay and sculpture painting projects. In the meantime, I will continue to make art using lighter paper materials and drawing.