Monday, July 3, 2017
Sculpting with Paper Clay
Every year I spend a week at my Dad's sculpting studio where he is teaching me how to sculpt. We've done this now for many years and every year is a new adventure. Last year we decided that I was ready to begin sculpting one of my own designs. I used a sketch that I had worked up of a winter elf. We used a wire armature and began developing the character using Paper Clay. In the past we have used the oil based clay but I wanted something that did not need to be bronzed to make it permanent. Paper Clay is a self-hardening clay which did not need to be baked. There was a bit of a learning curve to deal with the clay as it is slightly different from the oil based clay I had always used. This is how far we got the first year.
We added a shepherds crook for him to hold onto and attached him to a wood base where I added snow to the ground. Now it was time to begin the painting process.
So far so good. Check back later to see how he develops personality as I finish painting him.