This entire project is full of unknowns. I’m using techniques I learned from James Lake and Joni at Ultimate Paper Mache. I watched Joni use masking tape over her paper patterns and thought it would be a way to keep the next paper mache layer from sagging into the gaps. Applying the masking tape, I was able to get a better feel for the shape and curves. On a fun note, it sounds like a beach ball when you tap on it right now. Highly recommend only using 3M brand masking tape. I’ve never been disappointed when I select any 3M tape or adhesive product. (note: I’m not a 3M affiliate or sponsor)
The whole goal of this part is to get a sizeable basic shape of the panda to apply my epoxy clay over the top. I need a firm shell to push against when I add the clay.