Paper Mache Schnauzer Using an Old Dictionary

by Karen

Well, the use of old books has got me hooked on about a dozen project ideas. This was my first attempt at a paper mache dog. I'm now sorry that I didn't document the process. I will take pictures of the entire project the next round.

Meet "Webster", so named because I cut the "D for Dog" section out of an old Webster's dictionary to use on this project.  He's complete with the definition of "dog ear" on his ear, "dogs tooth" on his mouth, "dung" on his bum, LOL

Webster's nose is air dry paper clay painted with acrylic. His eyes are 2 glass dollar store glass stones that I painted the back of with black and brown acrylic. 

I shaped Webster's body with the long skinny "animal" balloons. I continued shaping with paper and masking tape until I was happy with his shape. I then covered him with EZ Form plaster cloth wrap. It makes a nice smooth surface to put your final layer on. I mixed up my paper mache and got busy. 

I covered the entire body, let it dry, and then coated it twice with Royal Coat Decoupage Finish. As that was drying I prepared about 50 hair strips. I cut slits in the strips leaving about 1/4" at the top of each one to keep them together. I then curled them around a pencil to give them a little flip. Once the Decoupage was dry, I used a dab of it on each strip as glue to adhere the "Hair" strips. It dries with a satin finish so if I had used any other glue instead it would not have blended so well.  

This was loads of fun! I look forward to making the next one, I'll be using the "G" section for Goose!  I will be posting pictures if you're interested.

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  • Sandie Mockett Sandie Mockett on Mar 07, 2017
    Hi I'm new here. How do I make sure not to miss any of your future posts? Xx
  • Deb Ashmore Deb Ashmore on Jun 15, 2020

    I am very inspired. Do you have any tips? I havent dont any paper mache for many years but this looks like so much fun. How did you keep the balloons together and how many did you use? I too wish you had documented it but maybe you can just help some us get started. Thanks for sharing this. He is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  • Karen Karen on Mar 07, 2017

    I had too much fun placing some of the words to cover them up! I'm glad you like him, thanks!

  • Chr2061927 Chr2061927 on Mar 07, 2017

    WOW!!! That's not a real dog? Unbelievable!! I love big dogs..... but I want this dog! The news print makes the perfect color for the dog. Great job.....this won't end up at some kids party, right.

    • Karen Karen on Mar 07, 2017
      I'm happy you like Webster! Nope, no kid's party. My Mother is getting up in years and really would like to have a dog or cat but it's not a good idea at this point. So, I made her Webster. The fact that she doesn't have to pooper scoop is a big plus! LOL She talks to him just as if he were alive, so I guess it'll do as a substitute.