Art Recipes: Papier-Mache

Dryer Lint Papier-mâché I
3 Cups Dryer lint; 2 Cups Water; 2/3 Cups Flour

Mix water and lint together in a large saucepan, stirring well. Slowly add flour, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture holds together, forming peaks.

Use mixture over a base, such as a box, balloon or bottle, spreading like papier-mâché. Dry 4 – 5 days. Store unused airtight and will keep only 4-5 days.

Dryer Lint Papier-mâché II
3 Cups Lint (from laundry dryers); 2 Cups Cold or warm water; 2/3 Cups Non-self-rising wheat flour; 3 drops oil of wintergreen; Old newspaper

Put lint and water in a large saucepan. Stir to dampen all parts of the lint. Add flour and stir thoroughly to prevent lumps. Add oil of wintergreen. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture holds together and forms peaks. Pour out onto several thickness of newspaper to cool. Use as you would papier-mâché pulp or shaped over armatures (boxes, bottles, balloons, and so forth) or press into a mold. This material will dry in 3 to 5 days to a very hard, durable surface. When wet it has a feltlike consistency. It dries to smooth or rough, depending on how it is used. When pressed into a mold, a hard, smooth finish is obtained. Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for several days.

Papier-mâché – 1
1/2 Cup Flour; 2 Cups Cold water; 2 Cups Boiling water; 3 Tbsp. Sugar

Combine flour and cold water. Put mixture into a saucepan of boiling water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Let it cool; it will thicken as it cools. Once cooled, it is ready to use. Great for piñata’s!

Papier-mâché – 2 (Soft)
Suggested age – 4 & up; does not need cooking before use; projects may be sun-dried.

Paper napkins, tissue or toilet paper; Thin paste or white glue

Crumble napkins or tissue. Cover with thin paste of white glue. Model to desired shape. Use to add details such as noses, ears, eyebrows, and so forth to larger pieces.

Hint: This mixture does NOT keep and must be used immediately.

Papier-mâché – 3 (Mash)
Suggested age – 4 & up; needs cooking; projects may be air-dried.

Newspapers; 1 Cup Wheat flour; 1/2 Gallon water; 4 Drops Cinnamon oil; Poster or tempera paints; Shellac or varnish

Fill bowl with newspaper pieces 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. Boil water in large pot. Add newspaper pieces to pot stirring constantly with slotted spoon. Cook over medium heat 20 minutes until broken down. Stir occasionally. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Strain through colander, but do not squeeze. Return paper to pot. Add flour, mix well, and return to heat on low. Cook until stiff enough to stand in piles. Mix in oil of cinnamon. Pour onto thick newspaper to cool.

Model as with clay. Allow several days to dry or, bake at 200 until dry. When dry, sand until smooth, and paint. Shellac or varnish.

Hints: Makes enough mash for 1 project. Dries to hard, durable finish.

Variations: Cover jars, bottles, blocks of wood. Cover boxes to make furniture, 1/2″ thick.

Papier-mâché – 4 (Tissue)
Suggested age – 4 & up; no cooking needed before use; projects can air dry.

Tissues (Colored tissues are a pretty); Liquid starch; Liquid glue

Tear tissues into pieces or strips. Soak in starch until mushy in bowl or bucket. Add liquid glue until pulp holds a form. Squeeze out excess starch. Shape. Dry. Paint, if desired.

Variations – cover a form such as balls of newspaper, milk carton, a balloon, etc.

Papier-mâché – 5 (Resin paste)
1/2 Cup Flour; 1/4 Cup Powdered resin glue; 1/2 Cup Warm water; 1 1/2 Cups Hot water; 4 Drops of Oil of Wintergreen

Mix flour and resin glue in a saucepan. Make a paste with 1/2 cup of warm water. Add hot water, stiffing vigorously to prevent lumps. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thick, clear and smooth. Makes about 1 pint. Use paste within a few days of preparation. It gives a very hard finish to papier-mâché projects and is good to use in making large permanent objects.

Papier-mâché – 6 (Strip Papier-mâché)
Suggested age – 5 & up; no cooking needed before use; projects can be sun-dried.

Old Newspapers; Wallpaper paste or thin glue paste; Balloon, jar, or light bulb

Tear newspaper into long thin strips from the fold down. Lay paper strips on a pad of newspaper and cover one side of strips with paste or pull through paste, squeezing off extra paste with fingers. Cover a base such as a balloon, jar, or light bulb with paste covered newspaper strips. Hint: lay strips in one direction. Apply second layer of strips, running these across first layer. Continue for 4 or 5 layers. Allow 1 to 2 days to dry. Traditional and proven.

Variations: Build a shape of newspaper tubes and form strips over this base. Use to build puppets, piñatas, animals or other articles.

Papier-Mâchè - 7
Ingredients:
Water
white flour (one part flour to one part water)
strips of Newspaper, about 1″ wide
acrylic, tempera, or poster paint
brushes

1.  Mix flour and water in a large bowl (2 cups of each is a good amount with which to start) until it makes a smooth paste.

2.  Dip in the newspaper strips, one at a time, remove the excess paste from your fingers and lay the coated newspaper on the form to be papier mâchèd.

3.  Smooth out the wrinkles and continue to place coated newspaper over the surface until completely covered.

4.  When the surface has totally dried, paint your own design using acrylic or poster paint, and decorate with craft supplies

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    2 Responses to Art Recipes: Papier-Mache

    • hello,
      i tried the plastic resin glue option (i was looking to make a really sturdy craft) and when i got to the step where i mix constantly over low heat the mixture never thickened or cleared up. is there something i am doing wrong?

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