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Next I covered my raised image with plaster cloth. 
I tried using the Papier Mache' strips but they would not adhere to the "peanuts".
Masking tape would work also.

I covered the plaster cloth with 6 to 7 layers of Papier Mache' strips. When the last layer had dried I was ready to add the features with the Celluclay.
I mixed my Celluclay in a ziplock plastic bag using 4 cups of water to 1 pound of dry celluclay.
Kneading it until it became a firm clay with no dry spots.

Using inexpensive plastic or wooden modeling tools and found objects such as toothpicks, craft knife, metal nail file, paint brush handle etc. I modeled in the features.

I keep a small bowl of water handy to help smooth out the 'clay'

In this photo his collar is raised and his eyes, lips and nose are taking shape. His eyes were rather tricky. After making the socket for each eye I formed a small 'eye' ball with the celluclay and inserted it into the socket.
Then I flattened out another piece of celluclay for the lid and placed it over the top part of the eye ball forming an eyelid, smoothing the lid up toward the brow.

Celluclay starts to "set up" in about 30 minutes at which time fine modeling and smoothing of the surface with a dampened finger or dampened tool is possible. Once dry, it can be sanded. Total drying time will take anywhere from a couple days to a week depending on the temperature, humudity and thickness of the celluclay.

After the features were to my liking I waited until it was totally dry then sanded off any roughness.
Next I applied two coats of gesso and he was ready to be painted. I used tube acrylic paint as well as the inexpensive bottled acrylic paint found in craft stores.
For the "frame" part I used a Metallic Gold acrylic paint then embellished it with Gold Glitter dimensional fabric paint in the squeeze bottles. For his hat I glued on fake fur which I trimmed.
I painted the back of the piece with black latex house paint to seal it and give it a more finished look.

Here is my Van Gogh as he appeared on the front cover of Swedens Revansch! Magazine to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

I hope you have enjoyed this demonstration and that it has inspired you to create a Papier Mache' piece of your own.

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