Paper Mache Info

Hello!

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 was 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.

There's another in July, October, November (sold out) and January 2023 (sold out) Want more info on these? Follow this link:

https://www.artleapadventures.com

Private Paper Mache Workshops in San Miguel

At your place or up on Marti's hill in rural San Miguel (Marti can arrange a ride for your group) overlooking the Allende Presa and half of the state of Guanajuato.

Includes:

  • two hands-on sessions

  • all materials provided

  • follow up e-book with comprehensive how-to info

Info covered:

Session 1

history of this amazing medium

armature basics

demos

applying the first layers

discussion of more options for finishing

Session 2

sanding, filling gaps and generally tweaking

painting

embellishing

$150 per person, minimum 4, maximum 8

Materials Needed HERE

Wheat Adhesive Recipe and Part 1 Instructions - dowload PDF

Paper Pulp Frosting and Clay Recipe

Download PDF

I’ve got a “Spirit Mask” #papermache wor
I made a dragon as a #papermache sample
Some more happy students from my latest
Super fun afternoon up here on the hill

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. 
 

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New piece completed!_#papermache #papers
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Session 1 - The Armature

Session 2 - The Initial Paper & wheat adhesive Layers

click button above to download adhesive recipe and first step instructions

Session 3 - Paper Pulp Fr0sting and paper Clay

click button above to download paper pulp frosting recipe

Session 4 - Painting

Workshop Participant Progress Pix - Wow!!

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Sketch for Amy's wall hanging moose

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Amy's wall hanging moose armature

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A home studio
A home studio

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Sketch for Amy's wall hanging moose

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Materials List

Items needed - PART 1 - ARMATURE

The 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

  • masking tape

  • sticks

  • 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)

  • Corn starch

  • water

  • vinegar

  • cook pot

  • whisk

  • ladle

  • water

  • 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

  • bowl

  • pot

  • hand mixer

PART 4  FINISHING - Painting & Decorating

Items needed

Marti will demonstrate painting techniques

You will need:

  • poster, tempera, watercolor or acrylic paints - flat matte and metallics if you've got 'em!

  • paint brushes

  • water container

  • rags or paper towels

  • optional sandpaper

Optional

Things you may consider adding to your piece (wire or glue on)

beads, trinkets, lucky charms, yarn, clothing, hair, flowers, fiber/fur., etc......