It’s finally finished! All I really need now is to finish it off with a nice, thick coat of lacquer. After all is said and done, I’m thoroughly in love with this technique. I wish I had a HUGE canvas to do another sculpted piece.
Here’s the piece step-by-step…
I started with an 11″ x 14″ blank, stretched canvas. I found a bunch of branches and bark in my firewood bin which would have otherwise been thrown away before the start of next winter. I affixed those pieces to the canvas with a low-temp hot glue gun. Took a while as I had to hold each small piece down while they dried.
First coat of paper mache went on. I used pages from a water damaged book (Extraterrestrial Civilizations by Isaac Asimov). After that layer dried, I then had to do a second layer and fix a few empty spots to make it look more like a real tree.
Now, here’s what you want to do to make your own paper mache paste. I found the recipe here. Works great! No muss, no fuss, easy cleanup. Now get to it! See what you can create!