Botox and paint

When Denver ventriloquist, Wayne Francis, asked if I would repaint "Wingnut", I suppose he heard a somewhat hesitant "yes" from me. "Wingnut" is a one-of-kind foam sculpted masterpiece, and has a good number of years and miles (air and land) on him. The ageing foam was breaking and the original paint chipped and cracking. Still, I questioned the wisdom of adding another layer of paint. On the other hand, if left unattended, his days were limited and he was soon to be grounded.
So using flexible silicone applied with a toothpick, the breaks and tears in the foam were repaired. With "textile medium" mixed into latex paints to keep the dried paint somewhat flexible, I did give the entire head and hat a thin fresh coat of paint. He looks fantastic, ready for take off, now. Only time will tell how this will work out.


  1. Philip Grecian2/04/2011

    I picked up your textile medium hint years ago, but I'm curious about the latex paints. I know there's a good reason for latex rather than acrylic (which has always seemed to me much more flexible). Would you have a moment to educate me in this regard? (Not to mention everybody else listening in here!)

  2. "Latex" - "Acrylic" - I use the words interchangeably. Probably shouldn't. Waterbased paints is what I'm referring to (not oils).

  3. Anonymous2/04/2011

    great puppet, loads of "character" no wonder Wayne wants to keep it going..........& send it to the master puppet builder/repairer to do the delicate repair work!!

  4. Philip Grecian2/04/2011

    Ah. Okay. Thanks for taking the time, Clinton. I appreciate it.

  5. ob steininger2/05/2011

    clintion how big is that head and what would the size of the body be does the movements work the same way would love to know

  6. It is actually just a big hand puppet. Mouth movement only. You get a pretty good idea of size from the picture. It's a bit larger than an adult head. It would take a pretty strong hand to operate for any length of time.