I tried two types of armatures:
- Newspaper and brown paper bag armatures with masking tape, paper towel tubes and cereal boxes.
-Tin foil with a little bit of masking tape.
NOTE: NEVER use "school smart" brand masking tape. It stinks!
To cover the armatures I tried two different materials:
Plaster gauze and paper mache pulp
NOTE: Don't try paper mache mulch to cover armatures! It stinks!
The final results?
Tin foil armature with plaster gauze overlay.
The foil allowed the children to create more nuanced shapes and forms within their sculpture. The paper bag/newspaper combo made for an o.k. armature but it wasn't very sturdy especially the arms and legs. The plaster wraps worked WAY better than the mache pulp which made the monsters seem more like abominable snowman and filled in many of the subtle curves of the original armature making it bulky, heavy and blob-like. I had never used the mache pulp before very quickly realized that it is really made much more for filling in molds than for covering armatures.
Here are a few of the paper bag/newspaper/mache pulp monsters (you'll be able to see the difference in surface texture alone)
I'll post a few pictures of the paper bags/newspaper/plaster wrap monsters when they are finished.