Trying out a new persona

You may remember some earlier figures I made of papier mache.

Their creation was an outgrowth of the techniques I learned in various Tiny House classes, specifically, using papier mache. Like these small houses.

In both these cases I created the structure, applied papier mache, and then painted with acrylics.

The idea struck me that I could try something different. I could use the paper itself not only as the method of covering the structure but as the decorative element itself. I tried it out on this lady here. She is built the same way as the figures above but “dressed” in dictionary and magazine print. Her face and feet are from a grocery bag. She’s about 8-9″ tall.

I really think I’m on to something here, figurine-wise. I found it much easier to construct a look I liked in this one-step process as opposed to painting later on. I think I will have a wider range of choices about how the figure looks.

Hmmm, I thought. Next step – try it with some of the papers I have created myself.

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10 thoughts on “Trying out a new persona

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I feel like I had a aha! moment in making this person because of a better way to structure her, and the idea about how to make the clothes, I like it so much better. This way I can really exploit the collage aspect of the papers rather than just painting them over.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It was one of those things where you finish and you say, “wow, this really did turn out nicely and I want to do more! With the ideas I got from doing this one!”

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