I've been a busy bee for the last few weeks making Christmas gifts for family members. My mother-in-law (who loves owls) recently fell in love with the paper mache elephant wall bust I created for my daughter's room (see: Borei Design Papier-Mâché Sculpted Elephant Bust Tutorial). So guess what she's getting for Christmas? You got it, an owl sculpture. My primary supplies for this project was a roll of toilet paper, a cardboard box and some newspaper. Here's how I did it.
1. First I drew out the main body shape as pattern on paper. Once I had my pattern, I traced it on to cardboard and cut it out to create my base form. I created a very basic, peanut shape that is easy to draw and could actually be used to make many different animals.
2. I balled up pieces of newspaper to both sides of the form for padding. I added a few drops of hot glue when needed to hold paper the paper in place and when I was satisfied with the amount and shape, I wrapped the entire amount thing in masking tape. I then cut a circle from the cardboard and taped it to the bottom to serve as the bottom of the sculpture.
4. I cut out triangles for ears and halved oval for the wings from scrap poster board. I taped the pieces into place and also covered them in layers of paste dipped newspaper strips.
5. Next I created "tubing" by rolling up newspaper on a wooden skewer stick, securing with a little glue and then slid it off and allowed it to dry. I then cut and shaped it to the face, along the ears and in circles for the eyes. To make the nose I just simply folded a piece of newspaper to the desired shape. I secured all the features to the face using the same white (school type) glue. I added a few additional layers of paste dipped paper strips along the top of all the facial features and allowed it to dry.
6. I then covered the entire thing with a thin layer of paper-based clay, I created using toilet tissue paper. Yes, I said toilet paper. I created a separate post with complete instructions how to make this clay posted here. I made the eyes by rolling pieces of the clay into circles and smashing the pieces flat to the face. Once the clay was dry I lightly sanded it using a fine grit sandpaper to remove any sharp edges but keeping the bumpy, rustic nature of the finish. I then painted it using acrylic craft paints in aged metallic tones and it was finished.
I really enjoyed making this cute little fellow and hope you enjoyed it too. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting, my friends.
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