DataRank Whale Papier-mâché

Posted on by Kenny Cason
tags = [ trebuchet, wood ]

After over 2 years of procrastination, I finally made the DataRank whale in papier-mâché. This is following my long overdue 16~ year break from papier-mâché when I made a Zeta Metroid

The final beauty

Step 1: Using styrofoam balls, tape, newspaper, and cardboard; I made the frame of the whale. I used newspaper to add padding to areas and give shape. I taped over everything to give a strong base. The fins and tail were made from cardboard.

Step 2: Prepare the newspaper strips and a mix of hot water + flour.

Step 3: After a lot of time and patience. I applied 2-3 layers of newspaper strips until I had a strong and solid base. In between layer application I used a hair-dryer to expedite drying. This was the single longest step.

Step 4: Apply a couple layers of white primer. This is important because the newspaper is actually a bit tough to paint over.

Step 5: After the careful mixing of paint colors by Jing, we can finally start painting!

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