Monday, September 26, 2011

Papier Mache WIP: Scrappy Cat & a Bowl

Hi everyone! Since it's Handmade & Made by You Monday, I thought I'd show you a couple of works in progress:

This is "scrappy cat" a feisty little kitten who's lost his tail & a papier mache  bowl that I'm working on. I have some plans for the bowl involving paint & comic books, first it needs more layers...

scrappy cat: right now, there's only a couple of layers on him

more scrappy cat: I plan on painting him black & giving him a great handmade collar

Scrappy Cat's face
a little papier mache recipe (the formula we used):
about 1 c. flour to 1.25 c. water, add a bit of salt to help prevent mold.
Allow to dry thoroughly between each layer or two, also to prevent mold. Use a hair dryer to help speed up the process.
use strips of paper that are about 1" to 1.5" wide.  Newspaper works well, avoid paper that shines.

I started these as part of a little mini papier mache workshop from the Tacoma Arts & Crafts meetup group (Thank you, Meg). I hadn't done papier mache since grade school (remember the papier mache over balloons thing?) & had forgotten A. how & B. how much fun it can be. I'm loving this more adult version of the technique & it was fun learning how to use make something besides balloons covered with paper.
How about you? What new things have you learned? What have you been working on? SAM






12 comments:

Debbie @ OtRD said...

It's been years for me too, but I remember how much fun it is!

ifonlytheywouldnap said...

thanks for stopping by my page! i haven't done paper mache since elementary school either! looks like your projects are going to be really fun :)
jess

Lisa Taylor said...

Too cute. I should get my kids doing some paper mache -I'd forgotten all about it till I read your post. Looks like fun!

Alexis Grace of NorthOnHarper said...

I love all the projects you take on---- I *need* to focus more energy on creative endeavors!

Alex said...

I like that little cat. I just recently stumbled on a paper mache table! I loved the look but afraid my kind would send it to pieces.

Debra said...

What a lovely idea and a wonderful present to give to somebody!

Green Monkey said...

so cute! I think I'll try something like that with my grandson. thanks Sam

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Simplegirl said...

We love doing things like that, so much fun! Last time we made a large Easter egg using a balloon.

Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Love being crafty! Looks like you're having fun!!

Anonymous said...

How did you make the cat without a mold? I was going to make a little cat (much like yours) and I didn't know how to make the body.

Shelley McElhiney said...

I used balls of paper wrapped with newspaper to create the cat.