White Glue elmers
Paper mache mixture:
Tsp of vinegar, glue, 1 cup of water ( start) 2 cups flour, pinch of salt, mix it all together w a whisk
And your done , add more water to it if you like the formula a bit more thin, more flour if you like the consistency thicker
Step 1: Face , Body, Back
So this is pretty easy get a foam disk from any craft store, super cheap , start adding newspaper around the face, for shape, remember it doesn't have to be perfect as long as you have the bones of the face are there. Seal everything w one layer of paper mache , with newspaper strips, make sure nose and cheeks formed
Carve your styrofoam make it smaller at the wait and broader chest, doesn't matter if it's less than perfect , cover it with paper mache , from head to toe let it dry for 24 to 36 hours
Get your wire hanger and straighten it out to the best if your abilities, now stretch this on the Tigers back , on to drape down like a cat , attach paper mache strips to secure it, wait till it dries then waddle up paper and secure to taiil, again use your paper mache to secure it all down . Shoulder blades I used the bottom of some drink carriers from fast food joint, they had a gnarly design, , secure it with your paper mache and newspaper.
Step 2: Joint Compound
This will be extremely easy, joint compound all of it, face, ears, body, tail, , you name it use joint compound on it :) pay special attention to details, now get a stiff bristle clean brush and brush the entire form while it's wet, this will create a lot of texture and will make whole tiger easier to pain because it'll have texture I on it already.
Step 3: Paint and Create!
Now this is the fun part! Paint everything orange except the underbelly, let it dry( leave space for eyes on face) start striping the body all the way down into the underbelly use your foam brush for this its a lot easier, now the face, use all the little texture created with the joint compound , use white, gray and black to do a layered fur look, now with this said all tigers are different so if you wanna ad more white fur or more black stripes go for it! Also remember to add stripes to the legs and tail!, I made a very small Shere khan inspired tiger because my son is having his 3rd birthday party and I want all his favorite animals to all be his height more or less , and so all the other kids won't find them scary or intimidating!