Friday, August 3, 2012

Paper Mache Tutorial

My paper mache tutorial video is finally made! This is the first time I've done anything like this, so I was really nervous, but I'm happy with the way the videos came out. Thank you to my sister Clara, who did the filming and helped with the planning.

 Play the video clips below to see how to make a paper mache mask, starting with my special fast drying paper mache paste recipe. If your computer, laptop, etc. is like mine and has trouble playing videos you can follow the photo and written instructions below the video clip. Comment if you have any questions or if you would like to share what you made using this tutorial. :)

Part 1: Paper Mache Paste

I developed this paper mache paste as a fast drying alternative to the regular flour water or elmer's glue recipes. This paste is ideal for humid and tropical climates. Being a mask maker living in Hilo Hawaii, the other paste options wouldn't work. This is one of the wettest places on earth!

How to make fast drying Paper Mache Paste

What you will need:
-small saucepan
-stove or something to cook over

-water (about 2 cups)
-flour (about 2 tablespoons)
-extract (optional)
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Step 1: 

Boil water in the saucepan. You don't need a lot, 3/4 -1 cup fills a medium sized bowl. 

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Step 2:

Mix flour and cold water. Add just enough water to the flour to make the mixture runny. Stir until smooth, no lumps. Tip: putting flour in the bowl first helps to eliminate lumps. 
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Step 3:

Pour the cold flour/water mixture into the boiling water in the saucepan. Stir constantly until mixture thickens. (When it starts to bubble it's close to finished.) Then pour into a bowl and wash saucepan immediately. 

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Step 4:

Wait for mixture to cool before using. The paste is finished but will thicken even more as it cools. 

Storing: When the paste is cool it can be stored in a sandwich bag. This paste can last up to four days if refrigerated. 

Part 2: Forming the Mask

Coming soon!

Part 3: Painting and Decorating 

Coming soon!

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