About the Artist
Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Jonni Good, and I’ve been adding posts and tutorials to this blog since November, 2008. It’s now one of the most popular paper mache websites online.
I’m obsessed with both animals and art – as you can see from the photo, I’m constantly surrounded by my growing menagerie of paper mache animal sculptures, and plenty of real critters, too – my pets sometimes “help” me in my studio. You’ll also hear that cat, (unfortunately) in some of the videos on this blog. (I’m pretty good at training dogs. Cats – not so much.)
I started drawing animals back in grade school, which is a very, very long time ago. Doing the research required for drawing and sculpting animals is almost as fun as doing the artwork, because it allows me to learn so much about the natural world.
I made my living selling pen and ink “portraits” of wild animals for many years while my daughter was in grade school, and then, as many artists do, I found myself working at “real” jobs for a while. That was OK, I suppose, but it really wasn’t what I wanted to be doing with my life.
Now that I’m self-employed (I make websites and write books for a living), I have plenty of time to pursue my first love – sculpting and drawing and painting animals. In my “spare” time, I answer questions from fellow paper mache sculptors from all over the world – you’ll find our conversations in the comments section below each post on this blog. In addition to creating my paper mache animal sculptures, I also write tutorials showing how you can make them, too. And I’m the author of the new book How to Make Masks! My previous books are Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay, (that piglet at the top of this blog is one of the projects in the book), and Endangered Animals Color and Learn Book.
Enjoy the site, create your sculptures, and join the conversation. I’m glad you stopped by.