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Sculpting Jerry the Jack O'Lantern

teacher avatar Suzette Hussey, Artist, Skillshare Teacher

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9 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Lesson One: Building the Armature

    • 3. Lesson Two: Adding the Clay

    • 4. Lesson Three: Sanding & Fixing Cracks

    • 5. Lesson Four: Adding Gesso

    • 6. Lesson Five: Attaching the legs

    • 7. Lesson Six: Painting your Sculpture

    • 8. Lesson 7: Adding a Sparkle

    • 9. Thank You!

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Have you ever wanted to make your own Halloween decorations? This is the course for you! I I will take you step by step through the process of making your very own jack o'lantern.

I will begin by teaching you how to make the armature, the skeleton of the sculpture. Then, I will move on to applying the clay (as well and tips and tricks for working with  paper clay).Finally I will go through painting and finishing your sculpture. 

This course is good for all levels.


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1. Welcome!: Hello, I am. I'm a mixed media artist and sculptor with over ten years of experience. You can find out more about me on my blog, www dot z Zed Welcome to sculpting Jerry the Jaclyn entering. Of course, I will take you step-by-step through the process of making your very own Jacqueline plantain sculpture. I will begin by showing you how to make the armature. Next, I will teach you how to apply the paper clay. Finally, I will go over painted and add in a sparkle to your sculpture. This course is great from all levels. For your class project, I would love you to make your own Jackie lantern sculpture. And please don't forget to share it in the project section. I look forward to seeing you in class. 2. Lesson One: Building the Armature: The first step to making our little halloween Jacqueline tr1 men is making the armature. So we're gonna need our styrofoam ball are doll and our foil. I have marked six inches on my dull hair. So I'm gonna go ahead and just cut that through with my night. This is a job eight inch doll or quote, inches fine. Or a chopstick works great also. Okay, there we go. I'm not too bothered about it being perfect, so because it's going to go into Styrofoam wall anyway. Alright, so that'll be our little legs. So be our body. And we are going to have this for r hat. You'll also need a craft knife to cut out the eye shapes, eye sockets in your Styrofoam ball and a gluten. Alright, so the first step is, let's just mark our eyes and give the little base and little flatbed to the end here. If you didn't want to add the legs, could go ahead and just leave it like that. So you'll need something for your pumpkin to stand flat. So that basically is the bottom of your pumpkin. And then you determine, okay, where are my eye is going to go. So I always mark them out even though I'm not doing them off now. Because to me that helps to tell me. But I want the eyes are owned right there. So let's put that aside and then just go ahead and grab your craft. Your start from next. Like us could work for this as well. And just like the pointy tip for this, because I'm gonna kinda pop that out. And then just try and get rid of as many of those styrofoam bits is possible. If you can collect it on a different map, that would be good because you're going to get these little bits in your if you're not careful. Alright, so this is what we're gonna cover with clay. But before we do that, I want to add the hat. I'm just forming a remember hat right here. You can do this when it's on there, or you can do it. Now. The rim and probably add more to the room when it's on there. And I'm gonna go ahead and just flatten that a bit so I can get it to sit on my styrofoam bump, which is great. So I'm just gonna go ahead and stick that down right now. Just stick that in place. And that is where we will build up our hat. As we know, is that you can do this with paper as well, is just easier would foil because it kind of goes where you want it to go. Try and get the base and the top thinner. Starting to take the shape of a hat. Now, what we can do is just start it at an fits of foil to areas that needs to be wider, such as the base. And just squeeze those into place like BAT. I can just put it on top and see. I think that's nice. But do you also remember that you are at in the clay also? So it slipped back a bit, but that's okay. I wanted it more forward, so I'm just gonna go ahead and add some more. And then you're gonna add your and the beauty about this goes wrong. You can just snip off this bit right here, for instance, seems to be a bit much. Or you can incorporate it in your sculpture. And currently I had over if you want, you can leave it pointed straight up. Everything keeps flying from me today. Remember, we can add to this with clay. It's just to have the foundation of the hat. So that care needs a little bit more, but I'm not too bothered because when I add the clay, I will add to that. I just want the main structure that to be in place before we cover it with clay. So that's pretty much how he's gonna look. I think he's quite cute. You can seize character already. And so I'm going to put it aside and then we can do the shoes. And then we'll add the clay. Right now we're gonna make the armatures for the shoes. I forgot to mention earlier that we need something to weigh down to the shoes. I'm just using these little glass. I guess their balls edge. Oh no. The little glass, some things that you buy that going like. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to start with a bit of foil material, this one and have one for each shoes. And fallen in half. And I'm gonna stick that right in the middle along with this. So what I need to do is build up a shoe shape right here, my spellcheck, and then add the Tao. So I'll make this form shuffled that fell in place. So the doll goes to the back, is just going to represent the leg, of course. And this will be our little shoe right here. So that gave us our basic shape. Let me show you how they're gonna look. When I'm finished, I'll random with play. So you get an idea. This is a pair of already done. And you can see the look that I'm going for it. So it's like a little sneaky. And they stand up nicely on their own because they have that wait in there to keep them nice and flat. And that will help because our little Jack Elantra and hair is going to be a little heavy. Heavy. If it didn't have a way to knit, it needs the base needs to be heavier than the top of it. So you do the same thing with the other shoe. And then I'll probably add more foil just to finalize that shape, but not a lot. But it's more just to make sure we have the shape before we add the clay. And once again, we'll add that, DO that foil to keep it in place. And the main thing here is to get it as close to the shoe shape as possible. Before we start adding the clay, make sure the dolls in the right place and little, a little glass bead, marble, whatever it is, and that we can go ahead and add clay. All right. I think that's actually okay. I'm not going to add any more oil to that. I think we can get the shape with the clay itself. There are free stand-in which is great. And we're going to set these aside and grab our CLI and then we'll add plate everything. 3. Lesson Two: Adding the Clay: All right, I'm going to add the clean out. So I'm just gonna give this a coat of diluted white glue. This helps to stick to the armature, particularly because a styrofoam is smooth. The foil because it's crumpled, it will stick into the flora, but I'll use it on everything. So I've rolled out the clay about quarter of an inch thick or maybe an eight factory somewhere between the two. And I'm just gonna go ahead and push it on to the star from you'll probably have to snip off bits as you go along. You could also, if you don't want to do it this way, because this way sometimes I think even though I am trying to make it quick, oh, sometimes I swear it takes longer. You can just add bits of quanta time when pushing on until you cover the entire armature. I'm just right now, we're just making sure I get that clay under that rim and that there are no air pockets. I'm really pressing down firmly on this to make sure there are no there are no air pockets. When I push my finger and unroll it and you can see those eyes come up really nicely. I like mad, I'm gonna keep up. I'm gonna smooth it down too much right there at all. I'll just smooth around the top of it. And at the base, you could see we're just smooth as we go along. It makes it easier in the long run. So you make sure all of that styrofoam ball is covered. And then we're gonna move up to the hats in a minute. Make sure all of this area is good. Great. I'm not going to fix the eyes just yet because I'll probably mush them again with my hands. So I'm just going to move right into the hat now and I'm gonna get back code with clave. Just as we did the base. Suggest get bits of play and push it down firmly. And we get a bit more. That hat. We can add more to the, remember the hat if need be. Alright, now let me just get the covered with clay and then we can move on from that. Move fix a tip of that hats in a minute. As you can see, it's breaking up. This, get everything covered first and then we will fix all the bits and pieces. As we go along. You can go back and add more rim to the hat if needed as well. Alright, so I'm just going to get my hands and my fingers rather than some auto and just start smoothing that Hathaway base in a second. Here we go, all the way up. Let's fix that tip. Now. There's add into this room. You can make it as thick as you want or as thin as you want. And then will smooth that off and then we'll fix that face. Sorry its ruling everywhere now. And let's just go ahead and attach that properly and touch it is always important. You cannot attach night listening, you use white glue to stick it down. You can see why I didn't do the face first MRC. Everything is just getting pushed around when I'm handling it for the TAT. Kinda like Whoa, the hat is it's not a perfect room. It kinda looks like it's kinda ski with everywhere. But I actually like that. I think it's adding to each one of these little guys has their own personality. I could do ten of them. It will be ten different personalities shine through. So I'm gonna smooth around it. And then I'll do and fix the flap. Right here is just a little back and forth until you get the hat brim. Especially Exactly rather how you like it. I'm gonna leave it a bit flat around here. I'm liking that. Look, they're not fixing that at all. Just continue it. It looks like a scarecrow hat in some point. And there I like that hat. That hat is actually quite Q. So I am now you're just gonna go ahead and fix this face. Just push your fingers in to those holes. Try not to take out all the way off the Styrofoam though and smoother around it. I think he's quite cute. And then we just have to give him his nose and his mouth. Right? I like that. I'm just going to probably two again. There we go. Alright, for this area right now, we're just going to add the base, I mean, sorry, the fish oil. This has turned out none of it declares a bit much. Right now we're going to add the, the mouth and the nose. So for the nose, try get rid of that little mark for us. The nose is quite simple. It's literally just two lines like that. And that Juno's For the mouth. You have to determine if you want an angry, straight faced or sad. Happy. May just go ahead and you just draw that in. Once I'm happy with it, I kinda go back in again and just wiggle it of it, given it some space in between. Pushing it down a bit, almost, get in a little lip. There you go. And then I use my paint brush and I just smooth that right there. Sorry, crooked grin, Amin frown but that's fine. And then if you want to add the stitch marks which is optional, just go ahead and do that. And that's it. You are finished this armature, I mean, this sculpture rather. And finish cover an armature with Claes, What I meant to say, and we're going to set them aside to dry. I think it's quite cute. And yeah, I'll see you when it's time to paint. Ok, great. We're back and it's time to get these shoes covered. So what I usually do is have several legs going at once because I use them in different sculptures. Sure, I'm gonna go ahead and cover this. Lou from, say did before. And maybe just wrote up this clay a bit and attach it. So snip off any excess. We're not going for perfect, perfection here. We're just making cute little whimsical sneakers. And that would be the heel right there. And that will come up right there. These ones are cute. They're looking Leighton MOOC platform issues. Like I said, you can just tear off any excess. Will do the Room of the sneaker in a minute. Right now it's just to get everything here smooth and stand in nicely. That is adorable. There's your side view. It's quite cute. And let's get the other uncovered. And now we'll add the rooms at the top. And we'll set those aside to dry. Also. Are little guy's gonna look so cute. Find one is bigger than the other, no big deal. We can just add or remove clay, whichever is easier. We're not going off of shoe sizes hair. So if one's a little thicker, it's not big deal. That's why I'm waiting until both are sculpted before I add the details. Them side by side, you can see that this one is a bit wide here. We need to narrow that down a bit. Let me some clay can come off under hair. Add it to the front instead to give it more of a shoe shape. Let's look in much better now. And then we can smooth that off. I think it's looking quite cute. And this one is just make sure they're more or less the same. Don't have to be identical, but we do want them to work together. Might be a bit high and smooth out his toes hair. Like the shape. Once they're dry, you can always go back and add to it. And now we're going to add the rails. It's just, it's a bit of foil showing there, so I'm just adding that time, but let's just roll this out. Neck that try to get it more or less even. And we're going to use that just to make the top of the shoe. It's name here, top of the shoe, hair. Break off that bit. And then we can add them with just secured them with our tool. Like this. I'm also just gonna do right here because I am joined it there. There we go. Now parts finish. I think that will foot is good. Here. This one is good all so make sure they're the same size. This one's a bit bigger. So you can squish that in a bit like that. And I think we're good right here. We can put these aside to dry now. And then we will come back and get everything painted and put our sculpture together. 4. Lesson Three: Sanding & Fixing Cracks : Our sculptures drying out. So I'm just going to show you quickly how to fix any cracks and to send your scope, Joe, I have a two twenty one eighty grit sandpaper here rather, and 220 on piece of 3M ultra flexible. 180 is a role for grid to 20 is a finer grid. So the higher it goes, the finer it gets. There's also an ultrafine and is a fine and ultrafine as well. I think it goes on into blue. The blue ones are finite. So let me just show you quickly how to sand. It's just straightforward. He just rubbed And then I will show you how to fixed cracks. Now you might look at this and think, Oh no, those little things are cracks. They do the play craps. But sometimes when you go ahead and sand to area is finite lines like that, this a pair. It's either you go, some of them are just very, very surface. So let's go ahead and send and lots of them disappear. You don't want to use a sandpaper that's Rafa than 180. I wouldn't recommend it unless you had a really rough spot, I guess. But what happens is that because it's a paper based sandpaper, will just regret if it's too rough. All right, I think we're good with actual pumpkin. I think definitely has a cracker too. So I'll show you how to fix those. First when you're, when you sand it, you get a better idea of what really needs to be fixed. Alright, let me show you how to fix this little crack right here. And then you can go ahead and finish sand in your sculpture. So little bit of what Blue, I mean, diluted glue. Glue that is. And then MSO tiny piece of the graded paper clay. And we're just going to push that in there or whatever pay-per-click you're using, of course. And that's dip your finger and a little bit of water and smooth. And that crack should disappear. You'll never know it was there when you come back to, to paint. Once again, I'll show you right there. Ever so slight amount of glue and a little bit of clay, push it in the crack and then smooth off. So if you find any more cracks, you can go ahead and do that. And then set it aside to dry. Do one final sand and if needed. And then in the next lesson, we will go ahead and begin to paint. So I will see you in the next lesson. 5. Lesson Four: Adding Gesso: Now the sculpture is fully dry. If you need to, you can just go back over those areas where huge jolt the crack is given in a Lights spam. And then when you're finished, just dusted off and go ahead and give it a code of gesture. I am using Liquitex, Eclair, Jessup. Any jest though you have is fine. Adjust so is a primer. It prevents the paint from seeping into the clay because a clay so absorbent because it's a paper clay, it will just suck up all of the pain. Now you'll find that you'll have to do several layers. So just go ahead and cover the entire sculpture with a coach and then set it aside to dry. And then we will begin our painting. I almost forgot to add gesso to these little feet. So please make sure you don't forget. Just as we did before with our Jacqui Lantern. Just give everything coats of jazz and set it aside to dry. 6. Lesson Five: Attaching the legs: Now let me show you how to attach your legs to your sculpture. So the first thing you wanna do is determine where you want those likes to go. A good idea is to do the half way. Just so you have a rough idea of where to place them. I don't want them too far out here. I think I've probably more want them like that. So what I do is just go ahead, Mark on that line wherever I want them to be there and there. And then you grab a drill or a drama, whichever one you have. And I have a drill bit that's slightly smaller than this. I don't like to use the exact same size because it can get too big very fast. So go ahead and fill. These holes aren't going to be big enough as you can tell. But what you can do is just put that in. And this rounded up a bit and then see if it can fit bit textile. So we'll just do that again. And b should be able to go in there and we want them to fit tightly. That's why I don't want to do the whole two to bake. And then once you have your holes and you're happy with them, make sure no bits are left in there and go ahead and add some glue to those holes. This is just wood glue and wigglier feet and get them in. You think he's quite cute. You can position your fee. You can have them going out if you want. And it's up to you really. You just have to make sure he balances properly when you get those feet and you might have to play with them of it. He seems to be lean in backup it. So I might have to move one of the feet forward actually. Sometimes you just have to wiggle around with the feet for a bit until you get them in a position where he stands up as you can see Stan enough right now, I'll switch my camera view and I'm ready to paint. But this is how it looks. I think he's quite cute. So I'm going to put those aside to dry our wireless drying. Very important. Let him dry standing up that way, his legs dry in the correct position. 7. Lesson Six: Painting your Sculpture: His legs are dry and it's time to get to him painted. I am going to be used in my orange pane to purple paint, black for his boots and green legs. So let's get started with him. I m going to start with the pumpkin. So this will be my orange paint. And I'm gonna get a big enough brush and simply begin to add that paint to him. I will need to code. So it is a craft paint. Inside the eye sockets are going to be black. So I'm not too bothered about getting in there. I'm just trying to trim around it as neatly as I can. And then I'll just turn my sculpture and continue to paint. All right, I think I have the jack o lantern part pretty much covered. I know I have a loft on that, but that's okay. We can paint that overall shortly. These lines will come out with our second coats of paint. So I'm gonna just put that Russia's side and move on to paint in the legs. This is another craft paint. So once again, we will probably need to do more than one coats. If you want, you can add some stripes to his legs that would be queued actually. Actually black and white striped legs would actually be adorable. But we're going with the green hair. A lot of times when you're painting or a sculpture or any mixed media piece for that motto. You'll start out with one idea and end up with something totally different when you're finished. At least that happens to me all the time. And when I got these dry for a bit before moving on and give everything a second coat of paint. And then we can do the eyes and the hat. Right now we can paint his hat and then we can finish up with the legs and the boots and that X. So I've chose purple for his hat. Once again, I'm going to need to do to coat because it is a craft paint. That is a downside of craft paint. They're so cheap and they work really well for stuff like this. Especially if you're a beginner. Maybe if you're more going into like you know, professional sculpt in and paying ten, then you'd want to use artist grade paint for these lovely crafts. These paints a work just fine. And that's our first snare on, oh, I also have to do underneath where I had done the orange. Not thinking. When a couple layers of paint will definitely cover that orange. I'm not too bothered about it. That's the beauty of acrylic paint right there. You can always just paint on top of something. So we're going to, of course, that this dry gave it another layer. And if you're needed with more layers after that, then just go right ahead. I won't bother film those because you don't want to watch me paint in the same thing over and over again. So I'm going to let the purple dry and I'm gonna paint inside the eyes. Meanwhile, inside the ice is just black. Of course, is fine, but and we're also going to paint those cute little boots black. That. And we'll do the other shoe also. But what have I forgotten? The spot inside that made a big mess right there. Just have your web handy. But here we are. Going to give him that first coat. Try not to get it on the boots night me. But if you do, as you know, we can just clean it up. And I think we're good for reached. Let me just prenup that boot. So I'm just going to scope it, prints out, dry it off, scrape it off again. And I think we're good there. So let's try his legs. And you have a couple of ways of finishing this. You can either varnish and leave it as is. You can apply a glaze or a stain. Or you can use something like mod podge sparkle. That gives it a nice literary effect. So we have quite a couple options here. What I want to do now is get some paint down in his mouth and nose, the same black paint that we used in the eyes and we're gonna wipe off any that's left over with our wet life. So we'll just use a bit of paint. Not a lot. And I'm going to use a fine paint brush because while a small one, not particularly fine, but I want to just try and get it in that area and nowhere else. So I did a little water. And then I'm just gonna go in here and just try get in all those lines. If we're staying in this, we wouldn't bother because the stain would just stay in those areas. But I am going to use mod podge sparkle to finish it after it drives for a bit. So we'll go ahead and make sure that error is filled. Nicely, covered nicely rather. And then before it dries, we grab a wet wipe or damp paper, towel or damp cloth and just go over it. Don't push down or swipe on the surface because we want that paint to remain in the groups. And as you can see, that really brings out his mouth nicely. If you wipe out too much in one area, some probably aren't as deep as others. Let's go ahead with your paintbrush and add some back. I am happy with how this little guys look. I'm going to let him dry thoroughly. And then we can add our mod podge distinct curves. We could actually add little ribbons to the sneakers if you like. Or you can leave them as is. Or you can add some shoelaces. I think I'm actually going to add some shoelaces. This is what happens when I'm sculpt in anyway. I start out with a plan. And then as it starts to come to life in the sculpture, you'll find that you change your plan as you go along. So I'm just going to angle this so you can see the shoes. And what I'm gonna do is some little dots like that. Your shoelaces. Same on the other said. This is a paint marker and this is a passcode. Brands also have them in Liquitex and I'm sure there are many other brands. And then once I'm happy with that, you can go ahead and just lightly put in the shoelaces. Here we go. And then if you want, you can just found a little bow. And there you have it. And he has cute shoelaces. You could also decorate the hat if you like. You could use a Marco and put little dots or you can dip your paint brush into paint and also do little dots. Or you could just decorate it with stars and moons. Being I have the light pen. I am just going to go ahead add some little stars. I did another sculpture similar and use the end of my paintbrush and puts in some orange dots to match the hat. The Jakoi Lantern itself. But it's good to change things up. Another option for this would be a nice gold Marco. At this point, it's just really making it your own. And watching the character come to life. As I said, I make many sculptures, this exact same sculpture. Because when I'm teaching, I make 1 first before I start to teach, so I know what I'm doing. And inevitably, it changes. When I'm at this stage, which I don't mind. I like when each of them has their own personality. I'll probably add one more right here at the tip. And I I think we're good. So the final stage for me, for the actual sculpting on painting will be to cover it with mod podge. I'm using mod pledges sparkle, and we will see how it looks at to that. You could also add a little bowtie here with some ribbon or a ruffle around the base. There are many things you can do to add character. So I will see you in the next lesson when we coat it with a MOD patch. 8. Lesson 7: Adding a Sparkle: We are now at the final, final stage of our sculpture. And I'm just gonna give it a code of mod podge, sparkle. It adds very nice finish to your sculpture. Of course, you can use, use regular varnish if you prefer. So just like how you'd paint on varnish or do any kind of sealer really are like a deca pij sila, or artists varnish that you paint on, or even enough furniture varnish you can use on sculptures. My only recommendation, or I should say concern with the furniture varnish, which is usually polyurethane, is that it tends to yellow after awhile. So dependent on your sculpture. If it's a light-colored sculpture that yellow in effect will not be nice. I've tried marine spy vanishes. Well, you know, trying to make a sculpture More waterproof. But once again, eight yellows over time. So I'm just gonna give this a generous coat, too, too thick, but at the same time you need a good coat. Remember to get down in those eye sockets. And just like before, you're going to have to do this in two stages, probably because you meet somewhere to hold while you are varnish him. But this is pretty much it. We are finished. Our sculpture. Once this is dry, once you're finished CO2 in it rather just set it aside to drive.