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November 1, 2012

Note To Self: Do Not Paint Around A Cat

Hi, Primmies,
I have started a Christmas project tonight. I am making a Santa Sculpture from paper clay and papermache. It stands on a little teensie papermache
round box and is so darn cute I can't stand it!
I started painting the little box (another note to self: don't do this again at
Twelve-thirty in the morning) and learned the hard way to dust and vacuum the craft room before painting, and put away all kitties.
Of course I dropped the little box and when I picked it up, yep, kitty hair all over the wet paint. Ugh, just wiped it off and started over.
Here's the little guy all finished from the Better Homes and Gardens website:
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This will be my first paper clay project. I want to get warmed up before  I make an Izannah Walker doll. They aren't as easy as they look to be to sculpt the little faces. 
Paper clay and Modge Podge are so expensive so I've found lots of websites with home made recipes to make them both. I'm trying a paper clay recipe later today (I need Mr. Carpenter's linseed oil and it's at the job site). I can't wait to see if they come out the same as the store bought.
There are basically two different ways to make the paper clay, with and without tissue paper soaked and squeezed out, and some other things I can't quite remember right now. But I've bookmarked the sites and if anyone is interested I'll look for them and give you the links.
I have a package of paper clay from the store and I'm trying that first, and want to keep some to compare with my home made stuff.
See, if I stuck to ONE thing at a time, these things wouldn't happen to me,
like a furball in my wet paint!
Take care of yourselves,



Danice said...

The cat hair in the wet paint, funny Susan. Reminds me of when my daughter was about 4, she was crying in our fenced-in front yard. So, I went outside to see the trouble. She was eating a popsicle and petting our Irish Setter, and had red dog hair stuck to her hands. She was slinging her hands to no avail, poor child. Looking forward to seeing your Santa all finished :)

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

It's so nice to talk to you again, Danice!
Yep, that was me. The more I tried to "pick" it off, the more red paint and fur I had stuck to my fingers.
Painting in the kitchen today!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Susan,

HaHaHa....a little paint in your dare that paint jumped into fur. Isn't it the rule that pets & craft rooms go together? Teddy bears too, of course.

Oh, M&D made up their minds about the move, we have Molly & Jessie to think about so it has to be a "road trip" for their safety & the shorter the better. (Mine too.)

Blue Ridge Mountains.

Prudence ♥

Firecracker Kid said...

Oh, we love our little fur babies just not their fur I always loved doing the paper mache when I was a youngster. Flour and water and newspaper is all I can remember that we used. I've never done the paper clay. I'm sure your santa will look wonderful and unique.
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Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Good Luck with your Santa! Can't wait to see it all finished up.
Happy Creating!
Prim Blessings

Penelope's Beehive said...

Goodness me...I sounds as though you are enjoying a grand time creating, despite the "kitty hair." I shall look forward to admiring your completed Santa, and feel certain that he shall be splendid indeed!
With warm hugs to you...
Judy xx

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