After successfully finishing Rapunzel, the next Grimm’s Fairy Tale we are bringing to life is Rumpelstiltskin. After reading the tale, we decided this funny little dancing madman would be a perfect subject for a marionette. (We have no idea how to make a marionette, but that has never stopped us from doing things before. We learn as we go, right?)
Time to break out our old standby: papier mache! Yippee!
We used our usual newspaper and wallpaper paste method for building the basic shape, but we wanted more detail. So we decided to try adding something new, Blick’s Mix, which is a moldable pulp-based instant papier mache mix. With a little help from me figuring out how to work with it, JBug was able to sculpt it right onto the base to get some really nice details. It’s still in the early stages, but you can see her vision for Rumpelstiltskin beginning to take shape.
I can’t wait to see him come to life over the next few days!
Oh, and Sam is getting in on the marionette-making party, too! His is a caricature of one of his favorite musicians. It should be a hoot! I’ll post pics of his as soon as it is a little further along.
I have to admit, this stuff has been just what we needed to get rid of the late-winter blahs. So much fun! I highly recommend it!
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