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How to Make the Friendly Blue Tang Fish Dory

Effortless Paper Mache Dory from Nemo

Finished Paper mache Clay Dory Learn how to wade up newspaper and transform it with paper mache into the friendly blue tang Dory from the loved Finding Nemo adventure.
"If we could only remember, due to our short time memory loss. Dory"
This diy project was made just for you; unleash the paper mache artist in you.

Bright blue Dory has an awesome whimsypapermache look we know you will enjoy very much. 

Dory Quick List
Recycled Newspaper
Masking Tape
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
H20 and Rags

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/3nr6Fsc34y0

Steps to Make Your Dory

1 Build Your Armature
The Base
Draw Dory onto a piece of cardboard. You can print out Dory's side profile to use as your drawing template.  Cut out your dory to use as the base of your armature.

Now we will build up Dory's body by crumpling up newspapers and gluing this down onto her body. Use masking tape to keep the shape constant with a blue tang fish.

Place your armature into a plastic bag.

Blue Tang Fish Dory armatureRoll newspaper into a ball, hold with masking tape, and glue onto each side of Dory's head in the right spot, of course.

Cut two fins out of cardboard and position in place onto each side of Dory. We have attached wire to our fins to place and position but you can tape or glue just the same.

At this stage add any features to Dory that you like, whatever makes you happy you put that in your world. Now Dory is ready for Paper Mache.

2 Paper Mache
1st Session
Cover Dory with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper with hands soaked in paper mache paste. Lay the paper flat onto your armature working out all air bubbles with your hands. As you continue to apply layers of newspaper Dory will begin to hold shape.

Now that she is covered with paper mache let Dory completely dry, this will take about 24 hours. You can place in front of a fan or in a window to aid the drying process.
Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe: http://goo.gl/BH5lgM

Tip: Check Dory's body for weak spots by pushing on her body with your fingers. If she is sturdy enough for your taste then skip to Step 3 Painting Dory.

Paper Clay or Paper Mache?
2nd Session
For the 2nd session you have two choices; paper clay or paper mache. Both mediums are wonderful and will render a perfect Dory sculpture. The 2 best benefits to using the paper clay vs. paper mache are time and toughness.

Both recipes are on the channel; please do check them out.

To finish with Paper Mache: Cover the Dory armature with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper using your hands soaked in paper mache paste and again let her completely dry.
Dory loves to dry in the sun and said she can walk on land. Dory will take at least 24 hours to dry depending on the size you create.

Applying paper clay to Dory
To finish with Paper Clay: Cover the Dory with 1/4 to 1/2 inch layer of paper clay using your hands and smooth with paper mache paste, butter knife, hands, etc. Here is our favorite Paper Clay Recipe: http://goo.gl/xoTFbJ

Drying Paper Clay: The size of your Dory will determine how long it will take to dry. A large Dory will take 3 to 4 days to dry. You can use a fan, the sun, and the oven on the lowest temperature it will allow.

Tip: Our oven can go as low as 145 degrees Celsius, which is a perfect temperature for slowly drying your paper clay. If you heat your clay to fast it can turn dark brown but this will be cover with paint. Also please don't leave your clay unattended while drying in the oven, use your best judgment, it's your call.

Question: Can I put paper clay directly onto my armature and skip the paper mache step one?

Answer: Yes, if your armature can support the weight of the paper clay without the support of several of layers of paper mache.

3. Paint Your Dory

For a smoother sculpture you can lightly sand Dory with sandpaper and wipe her off before painting.

Paint a white coat of primer paint on Dory to give a white canvas. We use flat white interior house paint to prime our paper clay sculptures.

Painting you Blue Tang Dory Fish

Once the primer coat as dried paint with acrylic paints anyway you like. Dory is a blue tang with lots of personality.

 Let all the painting completely dry before sealing with varnish.

4. Varnish and Protect

You must seal your paper mache or paper clay pieces with varnish for protection. Apply 3 to 4 coats of varnish and let that dry.

Follow the instructions on your varnish to apply. We use Polycrylic Minwax at the studio to varnish and protect all our art.

Friendly Blue Tang Fish Dory

Dory Wrap Up

This is just one way to make a blue tang Dory art sculpture; we would love to hear your thoughts and see your paper mache creations.

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