This is the progress I have made on my paper mache gods of happiness. I added plaster cloth to define the goddess on the left to show a kimono. The lady on the right is a lawn bowls lady. I also added a bag for Hotei to hold. I think it is filled with good fortune.
The 2 on the left are made using an empty spice bottle for the form. The 2 on the right were empty food containers. (frosting bucket and ricotta cheese bucket) I covered the bottoms with plaster cloth.
I started 3 more gods of Happiness (or gods of good fortune)
I would like to do a set of all 7 one of these days.
From left to right, Benten, the goddess of beauty and art, holding a paint brush, holding a musical instrument and a paint brush (middle) and right, Hotei the chubby one...open minded optimist always happy, distinguished by his huge belly which indicates a largeness of soul and an inward wealth of resources, characteristic of a man who attained the wisdom of Buddhism.