Since I am still struggling with Papier-mâché, but in love with circus performing dogs, I decided to just paint some of my dogs-in-mind. The problems with paper mache is both the tools – Papier-mâché is inherently lumpy and the artist – I was working too small, so the lumps look like craters and mountains (see photo
below). Hence I decided to commit some of the animals that I am thinking of to the painted page. #5 is my first shot. The painting is a mixture of watercolor paint and pencils, then covered with ink and acrylic paints.
Building tiny armatures of wire, tin foil and masking tape for papier-mâché circus dogs.
This new found passion began a few weeks back when I discovered myself without power during Hurricane Matthew, but recalling directions on how to cover plastic and styrofoam Dollar Store pumpkins with papier-mâché, I started wrapping some old pumpkins and cats’ heads in papier-mâché. That was the most fun that I have had in ages.