How to Make Papier-Mache.
Homemade papier-macheis art on the cheap, allowing your imagination to soar without breaking your budget.
Youwill need White flour Water Newsprint Skeletal structure Cooking oil Paints Paintbrush Whiteglue (optional) and powdered wallpaper glue (optional).
Make papier-mache pasteby mixing equal parts flour and water in a bowl, stirring the mixture with a spoon untilit is smooth and soupy.
Substitute white glue for water for big projects, such as a volcanoor large masks or figures.
Tear newsprint into long, thin strips for round papier-macheproject forms and wider strips for other shapes.
Use inflated balloons, cardboard boxes,wire mesh, or any combination of rigid materials to make a skeleton or frame for your project.
Lightly oil the skeleton so you can easily remove it when the papier-mache dries.
Dip your newsprint strips into the paste, making sure each side gets thoroughlycovered.
Lay strips on the skeleton, overlapping them and smoothing them out withyour fingers.
Continue adding strips until the form is covered with at least three layers.
Use powdered wallpaper glue if you want to preserve your papier-mache project for manyyears.
Allow the project to dry completely, adding more layers if necessary.
Carefullyremove the skeleton after final layers have had time to dry.
Paint your projectusing any type of paint you like and get ready to hear some oohhs and ahhs when you showoff your original paper mache dolls, animals, and other creations.
Did you know Papier-machemodels of the human body were used for study by medical students in the 1800s.