Blogger’s Block…

Does blogger’s block even exist? According to my spell checker blogger doesn’t exist so I guess that would be a no.

Anyway, that’s not what’s kept me away from here. Though the 8 attempted posts that are sitting in my drafts folder might suggest otherwise.

The truth is I’ve been busy on a crazy project that I’ve been wanting to do for ages but haven’t had the space. Well, it’s not really my dream project but it’s a start.

The dream project would require a lot more space than I’m ever likely to have while I’m still living in the UK. So what is it?

I’ve always loved making things out of old junk. Paper mache is my favourite medium. It’s a great way to recycle and you end up with something useful or a work or art.

Or, in this case, something to clutter up the house and serve no purpose at all other than to challenge my skill as an artist someone who creates things out of soggy newspaper.

It’s still very much a work in progress but here are a few pics:

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paper mache

The Early Stages

This is just the beginning. A good strong structure and plenty of time to dry are essential in the early stages as I found out to my cost shortly after this pic was taken.

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Adding Some Detail

*Puts on best Rolf Harris voice* Can you tell what it is yet?

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Oops!

Okay, this was the part where one of us got lazy. My guy’s jodan mawashi geri became a chudan yoko geri over night.

I was tempted to blame him for not having the strength to hold it, but he’s made of paper and he hasn’t got a head yet so that would be crazy. So I concluded it must be my fault for not building a strong enough structure.

After ripping the legs of his ‘dogi’ off I discovered that it wasn’t actually a strength issue at all. It was an impatience issue. I hadn’t given him long enough to really dry out before I added the extra weight of the ‘pants’.

His slight sogginess had caused his leg to drop down to waist level. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

I hacked his right leg off with a craft knife, lifted it back into position and strung it up on the door frame. While I had his pants off I decided to give the structure a bit more rigidity anyway, just to be on the safe side.

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Adding Strength

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This time I left him to dry for a few days. I salvaged what I could of his dogi but I’m not sure I like the way it’s going at this stage. I might need to rethink that.

In the meantime it’s just draped over his kicking leg while I’m away at work. Oh the frustration! Never mind, at least it gives me time to blog.

This is how I left him:

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paper mache karateka

Progress So Far

There’s still a long way to go and I have no idea how I’m going to make his head. It will be fun figuring it out though. In the meantime I’m just enjoying working on a big project instead of fiddly little things.

And the dream project?

One day I’m going to make a life-size hippopotamus out of paper mache.

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