I decided the Kodama would be perfect for this experiment. I originally was planning on making it in Premix (La Doll and Premier mixed), but thought the addition of paper mache strips may make it more durable.
Type: Humanoid Spirit
Size: 4" tall
Sculpting Material: Paper Mache and Premix
Description: A kodama is a spirit from Japanese folklore, which is believed to live in certain trees (wikipedia). I will be using an anime, Princess Mononoke, for the reference of how Kodama will look and move. They will be small, white humanoids with large, rattling heads and mask-like features (wikipedia).
Here is my concept drawing of a Kodama I wanted to make. Very simple in design. In the picture above you can see the armature. The armature has a foam core wrapped in shopping bag plastic tied off with thread.
The paper mache paste was made from water, flour, and glue. No exact measuring or anything. I made paper strips from junk mail and spread the paste onto it. The arms and legs were made by wrapping premix around a kabob rod.
Now I just need to wait for the parts to dry. Then I will form the shape up, cut it apart to make joints, etc.
Here is a nice paper mache site: Stolloween