You made a paper mache sometime this past year or two didn't you? Any tips? Is there some special mix to buy or does an online recipe of flour and water probably get the job done?
(for those curious, the paper mache project in question is this)
I honestly went into that project pretty blind! I did about a ten minute Google search and set off to the nearest Michaels to buy some supplies. I bought a simple mask to serve as a base/support, which is really important because paper mache can be pretty droopy until it dries. Initially, I bought some newsprint to use for building it, but the paper was too thick to be malleable when it was wet. (the best type of paper for this is newspaper and catalogue/coupon paper) I cut up some pieces from a cereal box to serve as the bases for the ears and snout. The paste I made was a pretty rudimentary mixture of warm water and flour. After every layer added, I placed the paper mache in the oven (around 150-200F) for a few minutes so it would dry. You don’t want it to mold!!
I have some more old in-progress photos here; you can tell in the first photo that I still had the mask base intact. (I removed it after I had a few decent layers built up)
This site has a pretty basic writeup about the process and some good paste recipe options. Paper mache is nice because it’s inexpensive to make, since a lot of the materials are already in your home. (it’s just really messy and sometimes smelly) (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Do you smoke? I just noticed a lot of cigarettes/smoking in your art work. Not really relevant but just curious.
Nope, never have never will! I think I wound up using it a lot for “pattern-y” purposes. (à la Mission Hill) I don’t know if I have a better reason than that. My mother gave me a hard time about it once and I wound up quoting her, “I don’t like that characters smoke in this”, on the back cover of my Water Winter Wonderland book. (she told me I was weird)