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Using Paper Mache Shapes – Some simple recipies
Using paper mache to create paper shapes can be a very interesting technique. Here we going to leave you a recipe on how to make paper mache. You can do it using simple ingredients. This material can be one of the cheapest sculptural method you can use on your artistic projects. It is very inexpensive and can be use by children and adults!
One of the most common children paper mache shapes created are masks, volcanos and piggy banks made out of a ballon. It is a shame that this artistic material is not that commonly used by adults for creating art. Paper mache can be so hard and stable that even houses can be built with this material.
You can make beautiful sculptures, ceramic imitations and even jewelry with paper mache shapes. Paper mache is perfect to use to make beautiful gifts.
One really simple paper mache recipe you can use is the one i will leave you here:
1. To make a good glue ingredient for the paste, add some water to white flour. Put some white flour on a bowl and add water gradually until you have a good consistency. How thick it should be is up to you. Depends on what kind of project you want to make.
Mix energetically the paste by hand with a spoon until there is no lumps on the paste. You can also use a mixer to help you. The flour is what gives strength to your paper mache shapes structures. Be careful with the amount of water you put on the paste. It only needs to be enough liquid to soak into the paper. There is a direct relation between the thickness of the paper and how much liquid the paste should be. The more thicker the paper , the more is needed for the paste to be runny.
2. Start adding layers of paper over the shape you want to build. Each layer of paste and paper that you add must be dry completely before you add another layer to keep it from developing any kind of fungus or mold. It is really important to dry out your project completely. You can even use a blow dryer to help you on that. You can also put it on a warm over with low temperature or near a radiator.
3. If your sculpture is not enough dry out of any humidity, when you apply paint or varnish, the sculpture might rot from inside. So, it is really important that you keep this in mind!
Try and Enjoy!!!