Tuesday, September 25, 2012


                                                          PAPER MACHE

There are many ways to do art. One way is paper mache. Paper mache is when you make a special project with strips of newspaper and a special kind of paste. These are the things you need to make paper mache:
*a base
*paper mache paste (you need 3/4 white glue and 1/4 water to make paste)

First, you rip up strips of newspaper. You should rip it up and not cut it because if you rip it up it will lay smoother. Then, to make the paste mix 3/4 white glue to 1/4 water. Next, you can pick a base like a balloon,cardboard,and ect. You can mostly use anything laying around your house for a base. Next,you need to dip your strips of newspaper in your paste and stick them on your base. You should at least have four layers of the newspaper on your base and you should over-lap the pieces of newspaper. Let each layer dry before adding another one. Make sure the last layer will dry completely. After your last layer is dry then...VIOLA! You have made paper mache. If you want to paint your paper mache then you should make your last layer with white computer paper or a paper towel so that painting is easier.


  1. Thank you so much for telling make how to make paper mache! Also I have a question, when we mix the glue and water in a bowl can we still reuse the bowl for other paper-mache crafts but not for cooking? Thanks - Jade

  2. Wow Sylvia. You are a true artist. I remember in art class, we did the same thing too. It's fun because there is goo on your hands. What have you made with paper mache? Thanks-Grace

  3. Thanks, Sylvia! I really love your blog, and i hope to see more posts soon! One thing that i was wondering was how long does it take the paste to dry? Also, please check out my blog at http://vyas26.blogspot.com/ for more information on art!

    1. It at least takes 2 days to dry. But, it is totally worth it!

  4. Hey Sylvia, I really think you picked a great topic. There are two questions I wanted to ask: 1. Can you make your paper mache a another shape than a circle? How?. 2.How come ripping the paper makes the newspaper lay smoother? By the way this is Vaidehi, please check out my blog- www.swimsocc.blogspot.com! Thanks.