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ADC~ Materials Challenge: Paper Mache

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ADC~ Materials Challenge: Paper Mache
Swap Coordinator:BigHillGoddess (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Art  Dolls 
Number of people in swap:4
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.90
Last day to signup/drop:September 29, 2012
Date items must be sent by:November 10, 2012
Number of swap partners:1

I am always looking for things to try. I have been playing around with paper mache and would love to make a doll to swap.

For this swap, we will make one doll of paper mache for one partner. You can use pre-made paper mache sheets or make your own, to recycle paper. If you use an old plastic bottle as a base, you are recycling even more!

The doll should be mainly composed of paper mache, but can be dressed and/or embellished with any other materials that strike your fancy. The doll can be all paper mache, with painted details, if that is your preference.

Please, at least 5" tall.

If it is meant to hang, please include the hanger.

With the material used, it is probably not necessary to add this, but here it is: No paper dolls, dotees, plushies, or button fairies. :)

Some technique help:
General paper mache info
Paper mache recipes
Website devoted to paper mache-LOTS of ideas and tips
Cute little dolls-interesting face technique
Bottles as bases
YouTube tutorial

And some inspiration:
Evil Surgeon
Folk art doll Annabelle
Adorable Valentine Doll
This amuses me
[Paper Mache over bottle](http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Paper-Mache-Over-Glass-Bottle-Modern-Tramp-Art-Woman-/00/s/NzUwWDU2Mw==/$(KGrHqJ,!m!E5ey7mKw0BO,UsGL08g~~60_3.JPG)
Pumpkin head
Amazing skeleton butterfly
Mixed media and paper mache fairy

swap graphic is Moon Lady by Nick Levesque


Gofeen 09/16/2012 #

Annabelle is so cute. Mr. Pumpkin head looks very cross. I wonder why? I've never had much success with papier mache. Maybe because I've always use wallpaper paste over balloons. then popped the balloon and the model collapsed. always!. I'll watch for now and have an experiment with glue to see if I can get it to work. It's O.K. to use an armature then like the styrofoam and bottle above or foil?

BigHillGoddess 09/16/2012 #

I love both of those!

I have my form finished and am ready to paint and embellish. I used an old plastic spice jar with a styrofoam ball for the head so it is fairly lightweight. I also (for the Halloween doll swap) used paper mache over an old candle stick with a small ball for the head. It turned out very well. :) So use whatever you wish for your armature.

If you'd like, you can use the paper mache strips sold in craft stores that you just dip in water. I used newspaper and telephone book paper with Elmer's Glue and water. There are some rough patches, but I am pleased with the results, overall. I will be adding some paperclay details too, but the body and head are composed of paper mache.

Maggie249 09/22/2012 #

want to practice on this before joining swap and may not join this one we shall see how well this works for me - oh question on the paper mache the sites talk about a clay like mixture are you using that ? or just pape strips and the glue?

Maggie249 09/22/2012 #

is the paper clay what the sites are talking about as i have that also

BigHillGoddess 09/22/2012 #

I am using paper pulp and glue, but I bought some of the strips that you dip in water and used that for another project, it worked well. I am going to do a paper clay challenge later on, but for this one, I wanted to try actual mache.

Gofeen 09/29/2012 #

O.K. I'm gonna have a go. Please my partner be patient with me. if that's not O.K. let me know and i'll drop from the swap.

BigHillGoddess 09/29/2012 #

PLEASE try! I have made several now and can tell you that the strips work better than the pulp. I tried the pulp and it took 3-4 days to dry, then I had to sand it. Bleah. The strips went on better and dried within 24 hours.

So far, my armatures have been candlesticks, bottles, styrofoam, wire and wire mesh, and plastic sour cream containers, so a lot of things will work for the armature.

Gofeen 09/29/2012 #

I haven't managed to find the strips yet. I got some powdery stuff you mix with water which is taking ages to dry but seems to be working. I will try the glue and water as well. It will be fun. Messy is fun!!!

BigHillGoddess 10/ 1/2012 #

I tore the strips from newspaper and magazines, and made the glue and water mix, which was the easiest way, other than the pre-made strips.

The one I made from paper pulp (shredded paper and glue mix that made a clay like mess) just fell apart as I was moving it around to paint, so I am deeming that a huge failure.

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