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Friday, September 4, 2015

Papier-mâché Animals on Parade... a #Cre8time Collaboration with #MixedMedia Friends

Hello friends. I know I've been a bit quiet... I'm not able to burn the midnght oil creating all night, every night like I used to... though I am still creating - with reckless abandon!

Grab ahold of your seats!!! It's that time again - time for another Cre8time Collaboration hosted by the amazing Tina Walker. She came up with another fabulous challenge for a bunch of us mixed media junkies... an altered papier-mâché animal collaboration. You know I was all - in!!!

I am so excited to share my whimsical creature that is a twisted and taped bundle of recycled newspaper, packing papers, paper towel tubes, WIRE HANGERS {yikes}, topped in a hoarded cherished jar of purple chalkboard paint.

I started out by cutting up and bending two recycled wire hangers {from dry cleaning} and began building up my creature with rolled up newspaper wrapped in masking tape. Feet done!

This body is stuffed with loads of newspaper, tissue, recycled paper towel tubes and I decided to add a couple craft matchboxes. I taped these together to create a trio of mini drawers.

I reinforced and secured edges of drawers with a good beading of hot glue. This also helps keep the moisture from the wet gluey paper from warping and dissolving my boxes.

I cut up another hanger and bent into ear shapes. I hot glued this to a stiff recycled paper tube {I think it was one from saran wrap} and taped on balls of crumpled paper to create the head shape.

Then its on to the laborious task of papering my creature. I used a mixture of 1/2 PVA glue to 1/2 water. I mixed it in a big pyrex cooking dish and began soaking and adding on torn sections of recycled tissue paper, newspaper and packing paper. This took several hours since this critter is so large. I set it aside to dry overnight.

It's really coming along and OMG... it's got a personality!!!

I added some brads mounted in discs of paperclay for eyes, and molded a bit of paperclay to the snout to create indentions for the nostrils. When papering, I must have been sniffing the glue - I only thought to give my new friend a BIG happy smile - LOL!

When clay additions were dry, I painted the entire figure with a purple chalkboard paint that I picked up on clearance ages ago. I painted on layers in a drybrush fashion so that I didn't affect the papier-mâché. Due to monsoon storm - this isn't drying as I expected. I'm going to have to wait a bit longer for this to be dry so I can take some chalk to it and doodle up my new studio mascot... a super cute donkey!! I will share as soon as I can - this paint is still glossy and a bit tacky - which seems ODD for a chalkboard paint.

I need make a point to give credit to another artist who provided me the inspiration to make this critter. An amazing mixed media artist I follow on FB - Karen Kradel Fincannon, who makes wonderful sculpted critters.

I have had this screen shot in my phone for quite a while and I'm pretty pleased how my donkey came out... though her lil' guy is so STINKIN' cute!!! Thanks Karen for sharing your wonderful art online to inspire us all.

Can you help me name my
new studio donkey mascot??
Please leave a comment with your suggestions.

Thanks for dropping by - please enjoy the Animals on Parade! :) Sb
Please follow the links below to see
what the rest of the gang has created...

Tina Walker - Our HOSTESS!

Laura Mooney

Michele Kosciolek

Christy Strickler

Albion Gould

DeeDee Catron

Melissa Johnson

Mitra Lee

YOU ARE HERE... Susan M. Brown {sbartist}


  1. Susan!! Your donkey is ADORABLE! I wish I could offer a clever name for your purple friend but alas, I have nothing. :) I can't wait to see him (or her) all doodled up!!

  2. You made your animal! Turned out awesome.

  3. He's cute! I think he should be called Pablo !
    Corrie x

  4. I so love that you sculpted from scratch! So creative, fantastic, and fun! ♥

  5. You have absolutely outdone yourself here. Love, love, love him!

  6. That is amazing. I love that you created your own animal.

  7. Your donkey is so adorable! I love the ideas of the drawers.


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