You need some space to make a mess for a few days, some kind of plastic (old shower curtains are awesome for crafts!) for a work surface, and some paper. Don't used newspaper to protect your table unless you want to papier mache your table top while you are at it (you could do this, of course, finished with a good coat of lacquer!)
I used sunshine and a small heating fan in the bathroom to assist with drying times. The faster things dry the greater chance of warping, of course.
|the snowmen, pre painting|
|here you see the unfinished versions of all the bowls|
To make the glue I used about 1kg of flour in total, 1/2c per batch with 5 cups water. Here's what I did: bring 4c to a boil, add in the remaining 1c which has the 1/2c flour mixed into it. Turn down heat to med and let simmer while you keep stirring, about 4 min. To test when done: dip spoon in and lift out. run your finger down the back of the spoon. the mark should stay, with very little bleeding at the edge.
It would take me until Tuesday to catch up from Saturday; that day alone required more than 2 batches of glue.
here) and has been used by the confectionery industry for years to create shine. You've eaten this stuff, so it's okay on the bowls etc!
|you can see the trees in the background, some of the papier mached bags, some coffee tins used as forms and all sizes of paper ready to be used.|
Out of just over 100 pieces, about 15 didn't work out for various reasons and have been recycled already. All the items I made when I tried making paper clay got caught in a rain storm while I was away from home. They were out on the front porch drying at the time.
There are still many items that haven't any paint on them at all yet. The bowl to the left was one of the first things I made and is still just newspaper.
|'off kilter red' uses an lcbo bag which I papier mached to make it rigid|
As the pieces piled up I had to decide what to do with them. I decided to give them away as an incentive to donate to the Santa Claus Fund, since all the pieces are made of The Star and all.
I was interviewed by Vit Wagner at The Star about my papier mache project after I emailed them about it. I didn't want to get in trouble for "soliciting" on their behalf, which is why I've made it clear from the start to donate directly to the fund, and pick a piece free.
Here is a link to the article and video: crafty approach to philanthropy
These items are remarkably strong, even before the acrylic paint is applied. As few as 6 layers of paper is rigid enough to remain horizontal as a 16x16 square, just holding it at the edge.
I'd like to use this kind of technique on a wall, maybe with maps or blue prints . . .I'll keep you posted on what ever comes next!