Thanks to everyone who commented and left suggestions on my last post. I played around with the paper mache clay recipe a bit more, and I really like the result. It’s now smoother, it isn’t sticky, and it holds incredible detail. It’s also less expensive to make, which is always a plus. The one drawback is that it isn’t quite as strong – but I still think it’s an improvement over the original version.
To keep things from getting too confusing, I put the latest video and the new version of the recipe on the previous post.
On another note, I have a bit more information that I can now share with you about the fundraiser I’ve been invited to participate in. I told you about it, very briefly, when I showed you the little mini-mask I made of a puppy who came to visit, uninvited. That was a practice mask, to see what it would be like to do a portrait of someone’s pet. Now I can tell you more about the event itself:
There will be an informal online auction to help a group called the Global Sighthound Rescue. They do wonderful work rescuing greyhounds and other sighthound breeds who are in dire need of help. Seven artists have joined the effort, so there will be seven “winners” at the end of the fundraising event. At the end of the auction each of the seven artists will produce a portrait of “their” winner’s favorite pet.
I hope you’ll click on that link above and go check out the work that’s being offered for this event. These folks do incredible work, and it’s rather humbling to be included among this group. (By the way, if you decide to bid on a mask from me, I won’t mind at all if your “pet” happens to be a baby orangutan or a rhino – as long as it will look fetching as a small display mask, like the one I’ll be making for the event. )
I know you’ll want to learn more about this organization and the dogs they help. Click here to go to their website. If you click on the names of the adopted sighthounds in the right-hand column, you can read their stories.
Now, please go check out the latest version of the paper mache clay recipe. Since so many people have helped with this new version, I think we need to come up with a new name for it. Steve Sack started us calling the original Jonni Clay, but that won’t work any more. I thought about calling it simply “ultimate paper mache,” after the title of this blog. What do you think we should call it?