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1. Select and research a dinosaur.
Select one of the three dinosaurs we have provided information about or do a little research and select a dinosaur of your own.
2. Make sketches of the dinosaur you picked. How will it be standing? What will it be doing?
What are the basic shapes of your dinosaur? Highlight the areas that you will make from newspaper with a marker.
3. Make body parts with newspaper, cardboard and masking tape. Crumple the newspaper down into small pieces. Cut flat shapes from cardboard. Make sure you tape very firmly and tight so nothing comes apart. Make sure your pieces are smooth and very firm. Rub the tape so no edges come loose.
4. Tape the body parts together. Use alot of tape and rub it smoothly over all areas. Some places you may need to double up on tape. Be sure that everything is tight and nothing will come loose or wobble. You do not want any rough edges on your dinosaur or it may not turn out as well.
5. Time to paper maché! Find a place to work. Lay down newspaper and make you paper mache paste. Have a towel or something to wipe your hands on. Tear lots of small strips of newspaper. For very small, detailed parts you will need even smaller strips.
Dip each of your newspaper strips into the paste. Slide it through your fingers to get some excess goop off. You want them to be wet and slimy but not too goopy.
Cover the body of your dinosaur with newspaper. Rub the smoothy so that you don't have any rough edges or pieces popping up. Don't forget to get all the air bubbles out!!!
Let your dinosaur sit out to dry for a while. Then go over it agin with another layer of newspaper strips and let it sit out and dry. Now make one last final coat with paper towels. The brown "school" ones work great, or just a thin paper.
Let your dinosaur dry very well. You are now ready to paint, but make sure your dinosaur is smooth and completely dry.
6. Paint with tempera paint. Before you paint on your dinosaur, test out some different colors and patterns on a sheet of paper.
Paint all of the main colors first, then paint any patterns over them.
You might also want to coat with a clear, water-based, non-toxic "varnish" (Mod Podge Gloss Lustre, Rightstep Water-Based Varnish or watered down white glue).
7. Display your sculpture. Think about how you want it to stand. Make sure everyone can see your work!