“WOW, is a different little puppy with unstoppable spirit, as he uses his special gifts to help his friends and share his dreams. With a little guidance and some hard work, he discovers how special he really is. WOW learns to believe in himself and makes his dreams come true--all the way to the moon and back. Never forget that what makes you different can make you soar!” Sylvia
I had the opportunity to meet Sylvia and Sister Jennifer in their gallery and they are wonderful. The girls commissioned me to create a sculpture of Wow.
I began by creating my armature using balloons, cereal boxes, newspaper and tape, lots of tape. I created the ears, legs and cape separate and later attached them to Wow’s body. Once I was happy with the form, I started adding newsprint strips, using a paste made from and water. The paste is remarkably strong. After all the pieces where dried I dove into the final steps adding paper mache clay to the entire body for extra strength. Follow the links to the side for my recipes.
I decided at the last minute that Wow needed to go on the flat belly diet, so I cut his center out and moved his legs back further into his body, I think it worked nicely. You’ll need some patience to make your own Wow, the dry time depends on the weather, but I usually have a 48 hour dry time. The clay is applied in at least two sessions, to have a dry spot for him to sit.
|The Cape really adds, don't you think?|
After the sculpture completely dried I covered him with gesso and sanded him as needed. Working with the paint mixture until I was happy with the color I began painting, the best part of it all. I love the color, I love it on my hands and clothes, it means I am into my art. The bright red cape added a lot of character.
Finally, I called up the girls and met Jennifer at Yada Yada Gallery. Jennifer was so pleased she rushed to clean off a shelf to place Wow for all her clients to enjoy. Jennifer is now taking orders for commissioned Wow sculptures, I feel so blessed to have this opportunity, I truly have a deep passion for Art.
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