Paper Mache Info
I offered a free LIVE streaming Paper Mache Workshop March 23 - 26. It was geared to anyone ready to have some fun with this traditional sculpting technique that uses items most of you probably already have at home.
I usually teach adults, but this class is perfect for clever kids or those who have a grown up handy to help them out a bit.
We met 4 mornings in a row on my Facebook page in a live video that are all uploaded below right here on this page (see below) to anyone. Session 3 is optional for those wishing to add a layer of 'paper frosting' to their creation. I am available for questions by Facebook messenger and email.
If you want to discuss your ideas before you start - feel free to email me.
Agenda below. and SESSION VIDEOS embedded below.
Materials list at the bottom of this page.
On this page you will everything you need to know to create your own paper mache sculpture from start to finish.
Before Covid I taught paper mache techniques through Meagan Burns' Art Leap Adventures. Then the world shut down. So I did a free online workshop to give people something to do!
Well, guess what? We're back! We had our first workshop in two years in April 2022 this time as an art retreat and with Urban Sketching with Meagan and Print Making with Huga Anaya at his beautiful downtown B&B, Alma del Sol in Guanajuato City, Mexico.
Want more info on these? Follow this link:
Materials Needed HERE
Wheat Adhesive Recipe and Part 1 Instructions - dowload PDF
Paper Pulp Frosting and Clay Recipe
In the videos below, I walk you through the entire process for creating your own unique armature (underlying structure of your piece) all the way through the mixing and application of the paper mache medium on strips of paper ending with painting your finished piece. Create a handmade gift, a decorative piece, or your own unique coronavirus memento!
THE PROMISE: You will learn how to create your own sculpture (about 12” tall is a good first project size) using time honored paper mache techniques.
THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE:
• Tips on how to plan a sculpture
• Demonstration of armature creation
• Info about measuring and mixing the paper mache adhesive
• Info on understanding and how to create a secure armature using easily obtained media.
• Finally, creatives will finish their piece using techniques (bottom and top coat paint) that tie together their original vision with their paper mache structure.
Session 1 - The Armature
Session 2 - The Initial Paper & wheat adhesive Layers
Session 3 - Paper Pulp Fr0sting and paper Clay
Session 4 - Painting
Workshop Participant Progress Pix - Wow!!
Sketch for Amy's wall hanging moose
Amy's wall hanging moose armature
Sketch for Amy's wall hanging moose
Items needed - PART 1 - ARMATURE
newspaper (1 small town paper or one section of the NYTimes or similar should do it!) OR any non-glossy craft paper or plain newsprint. Basically any type of paper that will soak up the wheat adhesive slurry
optional wire and wire cutters
Scissors, maybe an exacto knife, too
optional found forms (bottles, egg cartons, cardboard shapes)
Facebook Archived Live Video here: https://www.facebook.com/HappyArtMarti/videos/508983913111120/
PART 2 - PAPER & WHEAT ADHESIVE
Regular, white wheat flour (needs the gluten)
stove or cooktop
Facebook Archived Live Video https://www.facebook.com/HappyArtMarti/videos/1113046639032330/
OPTIONAL PART 3 - PAPER PULP "FROSTING"
Items needed for paper pulp 'frosting'
1 roll toilet paper (or newsprint torn into bits, Marti will demo in the video)
white glue (like Elmer's)
drywall joint compound - powder or paste
PART 4 FINISHING - Painting & Decorating
Marti will demonstrate painting techniques
You will need:
poster, tempera, watercolor or acrylic paints - flat matte and metallics if you've got 'em!
rags or paper towels