Wednesday, March 3, 2010


A finished bird*

Wire legs inserted, a papier mache bird prepares itself to be covered in a plaster/pva/ water mix in an experiment for improved surface smoothness.

Three birds and one boy are covered liberally in the paste, whioh has the consistency of double cream....

...then they are hung out to dry.

This is attempt to improve surface smoothness of papier-mâché. The enamel paints I use do disguise a multitude of sins, but not enough to make such experiments redundant.

*Chateau Esclimont, photo by Frederick Evans, pub. Mitchell Beazley 1994 in "The Chateaux of France" by Marcus Binney.

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