To create your whimsy Monkey craft you can use the paper mache strip recipe or the paper mache clay recipe, it is totally up to you. Both recipes are posted under the How 2 Recipe Playlist, on the right hand side bar.
Paper Mache & Clay Monkey
In the video how 2, I use clay to finish our Monkey face and I explain how to finish only using the paper strips and paste.
Monkey See Monkey Do
Recycled newspaper & cardboard
Paper Mache Paste
Paper Mache Clay
Acrylic paints, brushes
And a Smile
Make Your Armature
1. First we will make our armature by cutting a piece of cardboard from a recyclable to use as the back of your mask. I sketched the face outline on paper and then transferred to cardboard, you could blow up a coloring book page of a monkey face if you are not ready to draw free hand.
2. Apply 3 layers of your newspaper strips and let this completely dry.
Placing it in the oven on low heat will speed up your dry time and it is perfectly safe but I recommend not leaving it.
3. Clay or Strip
Now you can cover your armature in paper mache clay, about 1/4 inch thick all over.
Or option 2 is to cover with 15 to 20 layers of recycled newsprint and let this completely dry. The more layers you apply the harder the sculpture will be.
Both recipe links are at the top of the article or in the side bar.
4. Sand your Monkey down so he or she is nice and smooth. Add a primer coat of white acrylic or gesso. Sand again if needed at this stage.
6. Cover the entire Monkey with poly acrylic varnish and let this completely dry. (Minwax Polycrylic)
Your Finished Whimsy Monkey
The monkey face is really cute and simple to make, if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave them here or join us on our Facebook Studio Page.
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