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Make your own Papier Mache Paste - How Did You Do That?

How to Make your own Paper Macher Paste - How did you do that?
Make your own Paper Mache Paste
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup flour
5 cups boiling water
(2 tablespoons white glue)

Mix the flour into 1 cup cold water. Stir until all the lumps are dissolved. Gradually pour the mixture into boiling water, stirring constantly. Boil for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool, then add 2 tablespoons of white glue before you use it.  the white glue helps to make it stronger and also helps to preserve it

Keep any un-used paste in the fridge in a covered container.

One nice little trick when doing paper mache is to use two different types of paper.  One could be newspaper, and the other could be old magazine paper or used gift wrap.  This allows you to see clearly when you have completed an entire layer without missing gaps or overlapping some areas.
A paper mache jug made over a baloon for the main body.  The base is a piece of cardboard rolled and taped to form a ring,  The handles are rope, the neck is an emply cardboard roll from toilet paper.  The spout, if I remember correctly was made with a piece of cardboard. 
The whole thing was taped together with masking tape, then covered with paper mache strips.  When the paper mache was finished, I coated it with gesso to cover up the lines that form when the strips of paper overlap each other. 
Then I sanded it as smooth as I could get it and painted on a base coat of dark green than added some copper touches.
Next I added the decoupage Australian wildflower and gumnuts.
As with all my decoupage, I finished it with Royal Coat by Plaid.

Sample of Paper Mache bowl.
Made with the above paper mache paste and alternating strips of newspaper and magazine paper.
Apples were handpainted by me, I got prints made then decoupaged them on.
the entire paper mache bow was coated with Royal Coat by Plaid.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 24, 2011

    Fantastic work. Well done and thanks for the tutorial.


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