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About Jonni Good
Jonni Good is the author of five popular books about sculpting. She's also written two cozy mystery novels that feature an eccentric small-town sculptor who lives a much more exciting life than she does.
She's the host of the popular sculpting website UltimatePaperMache.com, where she shares her innovative sculpting methods and recipes with a world-wide audience. Her goal for the blog (and her art books) is to make sculpting so easy that everyone can have fun doing it.
She lives in a friendly little town in Minnesota with her pets and a house full of animal sculptures. When she's not writing or sculpting she spends her days in her large vegetable garden, fighting the squash borers and mosquitoes and dreaming up her next book or sculpture.
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Learn how to make paper mache masks easily and quickly with these new techniques and over 300 step-by-step photos.
Make one of the 12 popular mask styles in the book. Once you learn these methods, you can use them to create your own unique designs for a play, Halloween, Mardi Gras - or just for fun.
Start out with a simple mask form and oil-based clay, and sculpt the features of your masks. The author shows you how. Then cover your sculpture with just two layers of super-strong, fast-setting paper mache, using the recipes included in the book. The clay can be used over and over again, and each mask you make will be a one-of-a-kind original.
When the paper mache is dry, use an easy painting method to make your sculpted mask look like it's made out of fur or feathers, antique gold, ancient bone, rusted iron, glazed porcelain, or carved and highly polished wood.
The innovative methods in this book are easy, the materials cost just pennies per mask, and your new creations will be even more fun to make than they are to wear. This book takes the art of paper mache masks to a whole new level.
Middle school students can make a mask using the ideas in the book. The book has also been used as a starting point for many amateur theater groups, by high school drama classes, and by adults of all ages looking for a new craft or hobby.
You can create heirloom-quality animal sculptures this week, even if you have no sculpting experience at all before you read this book. Join thousands who have rediscovered their creative talent, using Jonni's revolutionary techniques and recipes.
If you've always wanted to create life-like animal sculptures, but you thought it would be too hard or too expensive, you're in for a very pleasant surprise. This book contains step-by-step instructions and over 250 photos to guide you through the enjoyable process of making animal sculptures with the author's paper mache clay recipe.
Paper mache clay can be made in just 5 minutes, using inexpensive ingredients - and it air-dries, so you won't need an oven or a kiln. There's no mess, no tedious layers of torn paper strips, and it's easy to add details and textures to your sculpture.
With the patterns included in each chapter, you'll be sculpting animals that are perfectly proportioned, right from the very start. You'll also learn to make your own patterns, so you can go on to create original sculptures of your own.
Sculpting life-like animals has never been so easy, or so much fun!
The sculpting techniques shown in this book have been used by middle school kids, university art students, theater prop-makers, and adults of all ages who have rediscovered their love for sculpting, using methods and materials that are affordable for everyone.
If you're a kid in middle school or older you'll have a blast making these goofy faces. You can even use your Fast Faces as character models for animated videos or your next graphic novel.
For adults, the Fast Face method is a stress-free way to sculpt quirky little faces that you’ll fall in love with. It’s almost like doodling with clay.
For artists of all ages and skill levels:
- The Fast Face method will help you gain confidence in your ability to create unique, one-of-a-kind art;
- This new way to sculpt will help you see creative inspiration everywhere you look, and to find your own creative voice;
- And every face you sculpt will be a happy surprise, because it won’t be like anything you’ve ever made before.
The author says: "I’ve been sculpting with many different media for many years, but I learn something with every new Fast Face I make — and every one of them surprises me. Why should kids have all the fun?"
First, choose a pattern from the 27 breeds included in the book. Then build your armature by bending the wires, using the pattern for a guide. This makes sure that your finished sculpture will have the right proportions for your breed. Add a few bits of crumpled aluminum foil to round out the forms, with the pattern guiding you, and then twist and bend your little dog into any position you desire. With these simple steps it's easy to create a lively original sculpture of your own design.
When your armature is finished, the author shows you how to make the two layers of paper mache as smooth as you want it to be. You can add wrinkles, fur, happy mouths and other details after the paper mache is dry.
If you would like to paint your dog, you can use the author's recipe for an inexpensive home-made gesso to add interesting textures. Then the author gives you suggestions for painting your sculpture, including an easy way to paint brindled spots, how to give an all-white dog an interesting coat, how to emphasize heavily-textured fur with acrylic glazing liquid, and more.
The author is a well-known paper mache artist who has written several popular books on the subject. She also writes tutorials and creates videos for her blog, at UltimatePaperMache.com.
When a stranger dies, secrets come to life …
When she was still in high school, Sonje McCrae left this small Minnesota town, changed her name, and never came back—until now.
Less than twenty-four hours after her return, Utah O'Brien finds the woman's body under six inches of new snow. The sheriff calls it death by misadventure—a fancy way of saying it’s not his problem.
Utah thinks the sheriff is wrong. For the sake of the two children Sonje left behind, she’s compelled to find out what really happened.
As she and her friends dig into the unlikely details of the woman's life and death, they uncover some of the town’s most closely guarded secrets—and the most shocking secret of all involves Utah's own family. Now that she knows, her life will never be the same—but does this discovery have anything to do with the death of Sonje McCrae?
You'll like this book if you enjoy character-driven mysteries that include dogs who take an active, realistic role in the plot. It's filled with likable small-town characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.
This is the second book in the Utah O'Brien murder Minnesota Mysteries series.
When a corpse is found at city hall, the dead guy is wearing one of Utah O'Brien's hand-made owl masks. Now our eccentric small-town sculptor must face her own tragic past as her entire world turns upside down.
In the next few hours she'll face mean gossip from disloyal neighbors, more secrets than she can count, a malicious reporter, ghoulish Internet trolls, and a banking crisis that could put her out of business.
How will she cope with all this craziness and stay out of jail? She'll need a whole lot of help from her friends.
You'll like this book if you enjoy classic cozy mysteries set in a small town, where an amateur female sleuth teams up with her smart and lovable dog and a whole cast of quirky characters. Plus, there's plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. This is the first Utah O'Brien Minnesota Mystery. Read for free on Kindle Unlimited.
Almost non-stop drama and a fast moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish ... Really enjoyed the mix of the small town charm, and the fun cast of characters (loved Jocko too). "The Owl Thief" has an unpredictable plot, and a sassy and smart heroine in Utah, infused with a compelling storyline - felt really believable. Megan King--Goodreads