Jan 17, 2011

My favorite goop.... paper mache.

My paper mache recipe is pretty much recycled newspaper, water and white school glue. The newspaper is cut into small bits and placed in a plastic bowl. I add water until it covers the newspaper cuttings and allow it to soak for about an hour. I then blend the mixture with an electric hand held blender that I got at a garage sale for five bucks. I then pour the blended mixture onto cheese cloth or reusable dollar store kitchen cloths. Twisting the mixture in the cloth in a ball, similar to how cheese is made, I remove a majority of the water. Placing the pulped paper back into the bowl I slowly add white glue and small amounts of water back into mixture and knead the mixture until it resembles a clay like consistency. This mixture should be used within a day or two or the glue will begin to sour. Keep it covered so you don't have too much water evaporation but you can always re-wet hardened paper mache. It's such a fun and forgiving material to work with. You can make it as thick or thin as you like depending on the application.