© 2020 Marti McGinnis

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.

In the videos below, I will 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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LOGISTICS

Each session is available below. 

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THE LIVE SCHEDULE

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

11:00am CST (Note: In Mexico we are still in winter time, so it will be 10am for us - check your time coordination in this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200323T170000&p1=155))

Session 1 Archived Video (or scroll down)

https://www.facebook.com/HappyArtMarti/videos/508983913111120/

AGENDA PART ONE:

INTRO

• Discussion of the technique we’ll be using

• A short history of paper mache

• Paper mache in Mexico

• Discussion of instructor examples

• Individual discussion of student plans, upload your sketches or ask questions in the comments section below the streaming video!

Hands On:
• Create armature using scrunched paper wads, wire, sticks and masking tape

• Mix and heat traditional paper mache adhesive
• Rip newspaper into strips
• Learn how to apply the slurry strips
• Carefully and systematically apply several layers of paper mache onto armature
• If possible allow for some sun drying in between layers  
End of Part One

 

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

11:00am CST (Note: In Mexico we are still in winter time, so it will be 10am for us)

AGENDA PART TWO:

• Apply another layer or two of the slurry strips

• Add details - Marti will demo

Session 2 Archived Video (or scroll down)

https://www.facebook.com/HappyArtMarti/videos/1113046639032330/

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

11:00am CST (Note: In Mexico we are still in winter time, so it will be 10am for us)

AGENDA OPTIONAL PART 3

• If you are making the toilet paper 'frosting' this is where Marti will demonstrate how to mix that and how to apply.

Session 3 Archived Video (or scroll down)

https://www.facebook.com/HappyArtMarti/videos/3070099359748847/

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THURSDAY, MARCH 26

11:00am CST (Note: In Mexico we are still in winter time, so it will be 10am for us)

AGENDA PART 4
• Sand out unwanted rough spots

• Apply paper clay or wood filler to fill in any unwanted gaps

• Paint base color, let dry
• Paint next layer, let dry
• Paint finishing touches, let dry
End of Workshop – time to decide where to display your magnificent creation!

Session 4 Archived Video (or scroll down)

https://www.facebook.com/HappyArtMarti/videos/217128036024336/

Session 1 - The Armature

Session 2 - The Initial Paper & Slurry 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!!

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!)

  • 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 & SLURRY ADHESIVE

  • Regular, white wheat flour (needs the gluten)

  • Corn starch, if handy

  • 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, trinkeets, lucky charms, yarn, clothing, hair, fiber/fur., etc......

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Marti McGinnis

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