What is it?
Papier mâché (also known as paper mache) is made from strips of paper or pulp that has been glued onto a shaped structure made from items such as chicken wire or balloons. Once dry it forms a solid object which can be decorated with paint and embellishments.
What do I need?
You will need a large bowl, PVA/wallpaper paste, newspaper, water, paintbrush, and your chosen supporting structure.
How do I make it?
The easiest method of papier mâché is to use strips of newspaper. Once you have your structure ready (such as a balloon or write shape), tear your newspaper into either strips or squares and make a 2 parts glue (or wallpaper paste) to 1 part water mixture. Next take a piece of paper and soak it in the glue mixture, then apply it to your structure. Repeat this until the entire surface has been covered with your paper and allow it to dry completely. If you’re using a balloon, make sure you leave a small gap so that you can pop and remove it afterwards! Once your creation has dried you can then decorate it with paint and any other items you wish to add.
Why do you like it?
I first started using papier mâché in school to make masks, which was a LOT of fun to do! I’m currently working with papier mâché to make a few decorations for our wedding… hopefully they will turn out as planned!
Do you prefer using paper strips or pulp for your sculptures? Have you had any disasters working with papier mâché?