View Full Version : Whatever :)

11-22-2001, 09:06 AM
This fellow is called a Whatever.
He is whatever you want him to be!
He is 57 inches tall and 41 inches long.
Papier mache covered with fur.



This is his saddle


11-23-2001, 04:14 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: You should be designing critters for Disney........lol This is too cool. What kind of fur did you use? I love those eyes too. They look like my dog Claire's eyes. How long did it take you to make this?

11-23-2001, 05:12 PM
like is said before, he looks real.:D i like the fur and the long neck. he's a cross btw a llama and a dog. lol

Tony Perrotta
11-24-2001, 06:45 PM
Hi Leaflin, Very cool. If I saw that standing in someones yard I'd think it was a real dog.


11-30-2001, 10:27 AM
Thanks everyone :D

Sass I would love to design for Disney :) Or work for Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
I would go to work and never leave.
They were going to open up a theme park here in Virginia but it fell through :(

The fur is the posh fake fur from the fabric store.
It did ok but I am going to try something different on the next one.
I cut out a pattern and attached it with spray glue a major mistake!!!
I have since had to restick the whole thing.
The eyes are styrofoam balls set into instant papier mache'

It took a little over a month to do.
I will log the time on the next one.

Colorme the neck is one of those black drain pipes and the base for the head is a gallon size shampoo bottle. We don't waste anything here :D

Glad you like it Tony.
He turns some heads when I put him outside :)

I'll try to find some other photos I took as I went along :)

11-30-2001, 03:58 PM
Leaflin congratulations on all the awards, you deserve them:)

12-02-2001, 11:02 PM
You know, i saw this in another thread and I thought it was something that had actually wandered into your yard.

Boy, do I feel silly. :o

It's pretty cool, whatever it is!


12-03-2001, 05:12 PM
:) Thank you colorme :)

Gisela LOL
I put him in the cafe' just for fun :)
From a distance he can give you quite a scare
Glad you like him :)

12-08-2001, 07:57 AM
Leaflin he is fantastic!:clap: When I saw him in the cafe I didn't realise that you'd made him ...amazing!
Love the saddle, especially the colours.
LOL, he looks as if he should be in the next Star Wars film, give George Lucas a call and see if he's looking for extras!:D

12-08-2001, 08:36 AM

One of these followed me home one day. Actually, it was on my doorstep after I had shooed it away 3 miles earlier.

12-15-2001, 09:50 AM
Leaflin this is fabulous!!!!! wow I agree...you should be designing for a theme park or kids shows or something. Kids would fall in love with this guy! I popped in this forum to get a few ideas for the new badge and seem to have gotten lost looking at all the cool things ya'll are making :D Was the saddle fabric preprinted or did you piece it yourself? I am a quilter so I wondered :) Great work! The face is sooooo believeable!


12-15-2001, 09:01 PM
I am so glad you guys like him :)
Thank you for all the wonderful compliments.

Nick (the dog) was actually jealous of him at first :)

Di I am glad you popped in to see us.
We really are a fun lot in here.

The saddle, girth, stirrups, and bridle are all papier mache'
they all 'work' and can be removed.

The saddle is 8 to 10 layers of papier mache' with a coat of gesso then I painted each square on and added some gold ric-rak for the final touch.

Thanks again :)

12-20-2001, 10:38 PM
:) This made me smile, very creative and charming !

01-19-2002, 04:04 PM
Thank You Thumper :)

01-19-2002, 04:57 PM
Here are some progress shots:)

The first is the body.
Two large Tide bottles taped together with styrofoam "peanuts" held together with plastic bags.


The second is more styrofoam, peanuts and bags to give it shape.


The third is a pattern layout for the fur.


The fourth is the finished body before the facial features.


The fifth is a close up of the "instant" Papier Mache' face


02-04-2002, 12:44 PM
Your use of fur with the paper mache is so unique! I love your creature! Hmm..maybe you could market it to pet suppliers/stores for display ..!

02-04-2002, 01:26 PM
Looks very much like an Afghan Hound wearing a saddle.

02-04-2002, 07:13 PM
next time try dolls hair wool...wonderful stuff ...but expensive.

02-05-2002, 01:45 PM
Well, this is just a gas! How I would love to borrow this critter for a day or two, just to set out in different places and watch peoples' reactions!

You did a wonderful job. I'm so glad you also posted the various stages of creation for us to view.


02-10-2002, 07:25 AM
Liked looking at Whatever from inside out...

When I saw the first progress pic I thought it was beef roast:p :D

Go figure:rolleyes: Karen

02-10-2002, 02:59 PM
Thanks everyone :)
I have just started on another one called a 'Firdemu'.
I am not going to use the posh fur this time.
The doll hair wool is a good idea Arlene, but as you say it is expensive.
My neighbor raises peacocks and I thought of feathers for my next one but haven't made up my mind yet.

Just enjoying the fun of making another one :D