Sculpting with Paper and Painting with Glue

Sculpting with paper and painting with Glue

My latest project has made me realize so many things. I have not written in a while, because work on my it has distracted all my thoughts. See my post here to explain:

https://momsorganicbohofoodfun.com/2015/10/11/cleaning-out-the-skeletons-in-my-closet/

I have also not worked on any art in a while, so starting a project from nothing felt really good to do. I am a artist at heart and this project just wrapped up all my skills into one neat idea. I am really proud that somehow I was given the inspiration for this idea and not only entertained the thought but I followed through and created it.

One night I was thinking of what to do with my all my old artwork. Delving through it has created feelings unto itself and I just wrote an article on them here.

I wrote out the concept idea in my notebook and even made a few sketches of the idea. I thought of putting all my art skills to the test and creating 3d sculptures that represented me in stages of my past. I had a whole page of ideas before I came up with the idea of figurines aka dolls of fairly large size to not only represent stages of me, in shape but also I would cover the figures in my old artwork.

I have all but 90 % finished my first figure aka ages 5-12; here is a little description;

She’s got Pigtails and a Dress

She smiles with innocence

She plays with color

She knows she can create;

“Express yourself at every chance”.

I am still working on her. She is still a work in progress, but her progress is what has impressed even myself. I am writing this artist statement to show how I made her. I made so much progress just Sculpting with paper and painting with glue. I went through 2 batches of paper mache, and almost a whole roll of masking tape for the underbody creation. I have only spent 2.63 cents on this project on that roll of tape. Everything else I have found in my own home to make this project.

Here are the pictures of her progression from an idea to a realization.

toliet paper roll and rolled up paper magazine skeleton
toliet paper roll and rolled up paper magazine skeleton
adding shape and a platform and paper limbs under the toliet paper rolls
adding shape and a platform and paper limbs under the toliet paper rolls
adding the shape of chest and dress and face
adding the shape of chest and dress and face
tucked in some folded paper for some finger shapes
tucked in some folded paper for some finger shapes
spent a whole day covering her in newspaper with paper mache
spent a whole day covering her in newspaper with paper mache
close up of paper mache initial work
close up of paper mache initial work
added more paper mache
added more paper mache
close up of face paper mache work
close up of face paper mache work
close up of paper mache work
close up of paper mache work
close up of right hand covered in paper mache
close up of right hand covered in paper mache
close up of dress shape in paper
close up of dress shape in paper
close up of right hand inside shape of paper mache
close up of right hand inside shape of paper mache
left hand work with paper
left hand work with paper
layer of tissue paper applied with elmers glue
layer of tissue paper applied with elmers glue
close up of tissue paper work
close up of tissue paper work
better light; pic of tissue work
better light; pic of tissue work
finished one side of braided hair with twisted paper and mud
finished one side of braided hair with twisted paper and mud
close up of paper work on right side of hair
close up of paper work on right side of hair
after finishing both sides of hair
after finishing both sides of hair
top of head paper mache hair work
top of head paper mache hair work
full shot of tissue work before starting to cover
full shot of tissue work before starting to cover
starting to cover in artwork
starting to cover in artwork
backside of artwork
backside of artwork
added eyes; since trimmed
added eyes; since trimmed

I am really happy with the results and every day she is transforming. The very last picture with the large eyes, is NOT the end result, it was just where I was the last time I worked on it. Since then I have trimmed the eyes and have begun to cut out the rest of the old artwork for covering the rest of her. I am not sure if I am going to cover her hair or not. I worked really hard on the hair and I am not sure if I want to cover the work that I did. But the work is very crude with ‘paper mud’ so I think I will at least try to cover the mud up somehow.

Thanks for reading about my latest project. And I look forward to posting about more of the figurines I make to come. I plan on making at least 2 more for this project.

here is an edit with the finished doll**

all done
all done
finished doll
finished doll

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/express-yourself-2/

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One thought on “Sculpting with Paper and Painting with Glue

  1. What a inventive way to use old art up. You continue to inspire me in so many ways. The doll is so cute, I can’t wait to see it finished. Your amazing. I’m always interested in your artwork save me a couple of pieces. Love mom

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