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Paper Mache SMA!
Workshops 2023


Paper Mache SMA!

June 1st and 3rd

Thursday and Saturday, 10-2

The big room at Espacio San Miguel/Smart Space

close to City Market.

8 full hours of creative joy!


Explore the art of paper mache in beautiful San Miguel de Allende - a city renowned for its stunning architecture, cultural richness, and artistic community.

Our two-day workshop is perfect for all levels and will be led by professional artist Marti McGinnis. Learn to create a sturdy armature, mix adhesives, and apply paper-based sculptural media to achieve your desired surface.

Whether you're an expert or novice, you'll gain confidence and leave with your own masterpiece. Discover the sensory delight of San Miguel de Allende and create an instant heirloom work of art. Join us for two days of artistic exploration and inspiration.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Day 1

The Build

We’ll start with a discussion of the options for you to consider to create your piece depending on your skills, comfort level and desires. You’ll learn how to create your own vessel, wall piece, hanging or standing sculpture.


  1. Discuss possibilities + desires

  2. Draw your idea

  3. Learn about armature creation

  4. Create your armature

  5. 2 layers of paper and wheat adhesive

  6. OPTIONAL paper pulp frosting and paper pulp clay details

Throughout the first day Marti will be sharing some of the history of this time honored art medium. Some of the information may surprise you!

Day 2

Painting and Finishing
We’ll start with a discussion of the options of how to layer up the acrylic paints provided to achieve the finish you desire for this piece. Samples will be on hand to help you visualize the final outcomes for several suggested approaches.

  1. Sand your now dry armature

  2. Fill any gaps and holes

  3. Prime

  4. First layer of paint

  5. Additional layers

  6. Details

  7. Optional urethane finish

  8. Photo opp!​


Need to fly it home?  Marti can help you adjust your concept so your piece is easier to pack.


Cost: $2950 mxn pesos or $160 usd.

Reserve your spot! 50% deposit is to be paid in advance.

Choose from:

cash (we meet in person), check, PayPal, ApplePay, or Zelle to reserve your spot.


Standing Sculpture


Standing Chihuahua w/ creator


Making a hanging wall piece


Making the armature

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June 1st and 3rd

Thursday and Saturday, 10-2

50% non-refundable deposit holds your space

$1475 MX pesos or $$80 US

In person Cash or Check - contact us to arrange 

PayPal link: Paypal

ApplePay (email Marti with your Apple Messages contact info and she'll send you the request)

Zelle (email Marti with your Zelle payment info and she'll send you the request)

Balance due before or morning of Day 1.


Espacio San Miguel/Smart Space

Salida a Celaya 34, La Lejona, 37760 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

close to City Market, in San Miguel de Allende.

Across from Bridgestone Tire.

Limited parking available in the back on site.


Bring your own - stay hydrated! Or purchase on site from Espacio (coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, sandwiches, etc)


Clothes you can be messy in - especially Day 2 because we'll be using acrylic (permanent) paints.

What To Bring

All Project Materials provided

Bring snack, if desired, and drink - or purchase on site

Hosted by Narae Kim Ellis

Paper Mache Workshop alum and art enthusiast!


Contact Narae or Marti


Marti is a life-long, professional artist who has built a career on interpreting many art media and running each through her "Marti-filter". She is a painter, a digital illustrator, a muralist, a graphic novelist and more recently a Paper Mache enthusiast! You can read up on her whole career on her About page and see her current books for sale on Amazon.


Pedestal Piece Pooch Portrait


Hanging Solar System


Marti McGinnis

Want To Create An Event For Your Own Group?
We can make that happen! Contact us for details.

Marti has a new book - an illustrated guide to Paper Mache - coming out soon. Stay tuned!

Art Retreat With
Art Leap Adventures October 2023

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Tuesday, October 4 - Sunday, October 9, 2023
Guanajuato City, Guanajuato, Mexico

Spirit Animal Alebrijes Mask Making Sessions October 2023

Details coming soon
Will include Paper Mache mask making workshop in San Miguel de Allende with an optional 2 day trip to Mexico City to attend the annual Alebrije Parade with our creations.


Oversized Handheld Mask

Recipes To Use At Home

Wheat Adhesive Recipe and Part 1 Instructions - dowload PDF

Paper Pulp Frosting and Clay Recipe

Download PDF

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