You will need...
- Masking tape
- Adhesive of choice (see Getting Started)
Take 4 sheets of newspaper, folded, to give you 8 thicknesses. This will form one leg. Repeat.
- 4 sheets of newspaper
- Forming the legs
Roll the sheets with the grain, starting with the fold. Wrap masking tape around each tube approx ¾ of the way up.
Place the two rolls together and wrap masking tape round the ends not yet taped, to join them together. You will now be able to bend open the legs slightly.
- Joining the legs
- Forming the head
Attach a sheet of crumpled newspaper to form the head. Tape securely in place.
Using your choice of pulp recipe, pulp over the whole armature and leave to dry. For detailed instructions on making pulp, please refer to my Bird Houses tutorial.
- Covering the armature
- Sculpting the armature
We now have our basic armature ready for your creative fingers to take over. I like to put on a rough foot first and let it dry. This way I can stand the item up while working on it. I also like to work in sections, head first.
Here the face is being roughly worked. The eyes on this one are beads inserted. Eyelids are sculpted out of papier mache.
- Modelling the face