|Pho0t stolen from Cate Poe.|
This post is for Cate Poe’s Tejano, aka Jeff Phelps. Whom I suspect will learn & master more about Paper Mache than I remember from all those art classes.
As a quick aside, I am going to point out that the font I prefer is Comic Sans MS, which a link on Facebook tells me is not just a cringe worthy, but a contentious casual font.
Somehow that pleases me & Cate & Tejano will understand.
Of course, Tejano, you can find any number of recipes for Paper Mache online, but Cate is a writer supportive of other writers & both inspires & encourages me, so I am going to share a bit of what I learned as a child.
And recently, in my Catrina creation & over the Internet.
Tejano, the most basic recipe for Paper Mache involves strips of newspaper, flour & water.
To make the glue, use one part flour & two parts water. The result of mixing it should be a runny glue. Because I live in a reclaimed swamp with high humidity, I added salt. And because I wanted to smell something other than the glue it becomes, I added cinnamon. (I stored the paste in a Mason Jar in the fridge & added water if necessary when I brought it out for additional layers.)
This is not an artist’s recipe.
In public school art class, we built a form of wire (or in my Catrina case, use a skeleton from a Dollar Store) & then dipped strips of newspaper in the flour glue, wrapping the strips around the form.
Always sculpting the desired result.
The larger the wire frame, the easier it is to achieve that result.
And then you painted it.
Because I was dealing with a skeleton not much taller than a Barbie (although with no breasts, huge hip bones & feet), my attempts at Paper Mache were limited by my desire to keep her frame as a skeleton.
Somehow the whole process reminded me that it is more difficult to write a poem, where every word is so necessary & so apparent, than to create something in a larger venue.
Of course, there are far more sophisticated recipes for Paper Mache glue.
But sometimes, basics work.
|Photo also usurped from Cate Poe.|