[G7] Sea Creature Sculpture #2

Sea Creature Sculpture

For the sea creature sculpture unit, we have to choose a fish from our trip to Siam Ocean World to create into a sculpture. I decided on creating a sculpture of a ‘Trumpeter whiting/Diver Whiting’ or Scientific name, Sillago maculata. The fish looks like this:


The Trumpeter Whiting Fish is located in the east coast of Australia. It is found in bays, estuaries, oceans, coastal lakes and mangrove creeks on silty and muddy substrates about 0 to 50 meters deep. The average size fisherman usually get is about 18 centimeters (cm) long, but the common/average size is usually 25 centimeters (cm) long. When it is fully grown, it could be up to 30 centimeters (cm) long. It weighs about 260 grams. This fish lives in a wide space habitat. As they grow, it will move to a deeper habitat. This fish could be found with black blotches and spots on the back. This fish is commonly eaten by humans. Usually people slice the meat to thin pieces, add salt, dry out and get fried. This fish likes to eat planktons, Mud Worms, Blood Worms, Saltwater Yabbies, Sand Worms, Squid and Prawns. It will reproduce in October and December. The fish could live up to 12 years.


To create the sculpture of this fish, I would need

1. Future Board (peices of them because I would cut them anways)
2. Small sized bottle (the fish isn’t large)
3. Scotchtape
4. Newspaper
5. Brown paper/colored paper (for final layer)
6. TOA Glue
7. Water (mix with TOA glue)
8. Scissors/cutters (to cut futureboard/bottle)
9. Acrylic Paint
10. Paintbrush (with lots of size)
11. Paint palette
12. Tissue (to put on the paint palette, so the paint would not dry easily)
13. Something to wash paintbrush with
14. Paper clip (for the fish hook)
15. My imagination

In the picture above, you can see that the fish is quite long so I would use a medium-sized bottle to be the amature. For the fins, I will use pieces of future board, cut them to the shape of the fin and stick it on my bottle using large amount of scotch-tape and that would be the fin’s amature. After making sure that the future board sticks tightly, I would then bend the bottle a little bit to make the fish look more lively. Then I would start my papermache. After it dries, I would then add another layer of newspaper (or colored-paper, depends on the time I have left) and another colored paper layer. After that I would start painting. For the scales I would paint them, for my painting I will paint the fish’s color like the second picture above, but with spots. I would use light colored paint such as white, light blue, grey, silver, black (for the tail shading), etc.

I think I might have some problems on the amature. I think it would fall off because the tape doesn’t stick very well. I would try to do papermache for my first fish first, then if the tape doesn’t work, for  my next fish I would use another type of tape or other material to stick the future board. I am planning to make more than one fish because I think I would be able to finish it quickly and I think it is very easy to make. Perhaps I’ll make three.. I’m not sure about it yet. But I hope the scotch-tape would hold the future board to the bottle well. 🙂

The first picture is a close up picture of the fins. The second picture is a drawing of my plan. The third picture is a close up of my plan (:




I overall have finished my papermache, and I only need to paint. I am now planning to do my second fish during this weekend so I could be ahead and finish early.

On October 29th:

Sea Sculpture #1

I finished around two or three layers of papermache. I took out my bottle cap, but the cap is not covered with papermache yet.

On November 4th:

Sea Sculpture #2

In the picture, you could see that the fish is more strong and more thick, because I put more layers of papermache on it. I also put papermache around the cap on the amateur. I started painting the body of the two sides. The body was quite hard to paint because I need to blend the two color tones (light yellow and blueish-grey) together.

On Friday November 6th:

Photo on 2009-11-12 at 21.33 #2

Photo on 2009-11-12 at 21.33

I painted the tails and the two bottom fins. I think the tail didn’t really look good with the body at all. When I was typing up this post, I realized the colors didn’t really blend together at all!!! 😦

* Note: This picture was took on November 12th, because I had to wait for the paint to dry.


On Thursday November 12:

I finished painting the fish! But I didn’t add the eyes yet, though. I’m still thinking of what I should do for the eyes… still, I’m happy since I think I will start my second fish soon!

On Wednesday November 11:

I started cutting out the amature fins for my second fish. Then I realized that the papermache has holes due to bad skills of papermache-ing, so I had to pull them off. Mr. Pat pulled it off and I felt quite shocked. The fish’s fin which I painted for so long is destroyed!!
Then I started fixing the holes by painting over and try to blend the colors again.


On Friday November 20:

Second Fish:

I brought my bottle and started the amature of my second fish (you can see the amature at the picture above). I bent the fish to make it look live (which I didn’t really do for my first fish). I also add crumpled newspaper on the amateur’s side that is like a big curve, so when I complete my painting, it would look realistic. I added a hook through the fins amature (which I forgot to do for my first fish). My second fish MUST look 2,000 times better than the first one!! 😦


On Sunday November 22th:

Second Fish:

I took my amarture of my second fish home to start the papermache. I did an layer of the papermache. I think I did a better job of papermache for the second fish. I only did one layer, but I am planning to do 4 or more layers to make it strong. You can see that the top fin and around the mouths of the fish is not covered with papermache yet. You can also see that the fish is bent!!  Soon it will! 🙂


On November 27th:

First Fish:

Finished painting the body!! Therefore, I still need to add the eyes and fins.

Second Fish:

Started an layer of papermache (I did it at home). The corner of the fins aren’t covered with papermache yet.

(Looks better than the first fish, huh?)


First Fish:

Not many updates. The fish are still the same, no eyes or fins added yet.

Second Fish:

I finished the papermache and added the final layer. I used white tissue as the final layer instead of brown paper, since I do not have brown paper at home. I did about 3-4 layers of newspaper and 5-7 layers of white tissue. The tissue was really thin, I had to put many layers on top of each other. Today, I also get to paint the fins, but not the body. I will be painting the body and adding eyes and fins to both fishes in the next class, which is the last class we will get time to do our sculptures.


#1 The papermache of my first fish is very bad. There are holes and some pieces of newspaper are not even soaked with glue.

How I solved the problem: I went off pulling all the pieces that were sticking out and pulling off holes. I felt quite regret because I put so much effort on it. Then I painted over the holes I pulled out again.

#2 The amateur of my first fish is not bent. It doesn’t look realistic.

How I solved the problem: I stepped and jump(?) on top of my bottle before I start my papermache. Then I added newspaper inside the bottle to make the bottle look thicker. Therefore, it didn’t really bend so much, as you can see in the picture above, it looks quite straight. I’ve learned that next time I should get a thin plastic bottle for the amateur of my second fish, because the bottle I used for my first fish is very hard. (Which makes it harder to bend).

#3 Painting. The colors were very hard to blend and is also very hard to mix to form the color I want. I wanted to paint a color of yellowish-grey, but the colors also have to blend together. I painted the body of both sides and took a really long time trying to blend the colors together. Then on the next lesson, when I had to paint the bottom and top fins, I realized it is really hard to mix the ‘exact’ same color as the body and the picture (first picture  of the fish on the top of the page). 😦

How I solved the problem: I remembered using large amount of white paint mixed with yellow paint to form light yellow for the fins, mouths and the lower part of the fish’s body. I also dipped an small amount of dark blue and black when painting the middle of the body for blending. I mixed gray from white and black, added a bit of dark blue then I started painting. I remember the paint I used and try to mix and experiment by adding more colors so that it becomes the exact color I want.

#4 I forgot to add another layer of brown paper. First I didn’t know that we had to add the final layer of brown paper so the painting process turns out easier. Like this picture (of my friend’s sculpture):

I just paint on top of newspaper instead of smooth brown paper!!! 😦

How I solved the problem: I can’t really do anything because when I knew we had to do another layer, I already finished painting the body. The only solution I could do is try to paint as neat as possible, and try to cover the wholes by stuffing large amount of paint into the holes. (But it sometimes didn’t work because the hole is really small).

#5 I forgot to add the hook for my first fish. And again, I didn’t know we need a hook! I forgot to add the hook through the amateur before papermache. (But I didn’t forget for my second fish!!!!)

How I solved the problem: I put the hook beside the fish’s fin (on the place I want the hook to be) and papermache over it. Done!! (:

#6 I needed to use brown paper for the final layers of my sculpture. Therefore, I do not have any of those brown paper. But, Mr. Patrick ever told our class that we could also use tissue, the thin and thick ones for the final layer. I went home and while I was sticking those tissues on my sculpture, I realized that the tissue is so thin and could be seen through.

How I solved the problem: I add many layers of tissue on top of each other, which later the tissue turns thicker and harder to see.


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