New batch ended in distaster! Did not drain the paper too well and ended up adding far too much flour…the result was a sticky gooey mass of something… definitely not paper mache! So quickly pulped some more paper (and learnt that you do not have to soak and boil paper for hours) and added it to some of the goo…and the day was saved!
Started sanding today and guess what, it really works! Must be fine sandpaper and the result, with patience, is pretty cool.
Finally took out the paint and paintbrushes and started painting some of the dried items. I use acrylics and for anything white, plain old cheap water based wall paint… stronger and much much cheaper than acrylics…also helps seals the dried paper mache.
Also started varnishing an used clear spray paint, nothing special, just the normal cans of spray paints that you find in most shops. This is so much easier and quicker than using all the craft sealers…but those work well too.
So another busy weekend over.
Thanks to Vineyard Hotel & Spa who supplies me with my shredded paper, another batch is on its way.
Still sticking to paper and flour only recipe BUT adding in a bit of bleach to see if it preserves it for longer.
My other items are drying rock hard so happy with the final result of this simple mixture.
Just remember to add loads of water when blending so you dont break your machine…paper is a lot tougher than you think!
Using shredded paper from the office ( a wonderful way to recycle!) I let the paper stew in boiling water.
Then I nuked the “stew” in the microwave for about five minutes and allowed the paper stew to cool down.
Once cooler, popped it all into the blender and blended with flour (I only had self raising in the house…this may turn out be a mistake)
Proportions…well until it felt right!
Threw the whole lot into a big plastic dish and kneaded like bread…its looks smooth and wonderful and cant wait to make something with my clay…
I will add some white glue to the mixture just before I start creating…
This is going to be fun!