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Paper-mache 'At Home Art 12'

Today I want to explore sculpting using paper-mache. There are many ways to make paper-mache and many things you can do with it! I'm sure most of you have experienced paper-mache of some kind, whether it be a homemade pinata or solar system model for your science project. I wanted to share a few links that you could explore that help to illustrate the possibilities of this easy-to-make medium. The first link is for five different paper-mache recipes. You will want to find the right recipe for you depending on what ingredients you have at home and what end product you're looking for.

I encourage you to use your imagination and come up with a creative use for your paper-mache. To help you get the wheels turning I thought I would share several different links to a variety of projects. You can choose an up-cycling project like how to make biodegradable paper-mache seedling pots. Or an artistic venture like a diorama, seen in the third link. You can create a diorama scene by using paper-mache to build up the landscape. Once it dries you can paint it and fill it with clay sculptures, cardboard silhouettes or small toys and found objects you have around the house. If you like experiments, try your hand at a paper-mache volcano that once completed can be used for an awesome chemical reaction! The fifth link is for a three-dimensional sculpture of an animal head. Again there are many variations to this, you can create an animal mask or an animal piggy-bank. If you enjoy making home decor, try making a homemade paper lantern that uses a balloon for a base and dried flowers and leaves for embellishment. The possibilities for paper-mache are endless! Whether it be upcycling or art I hope you find inspiration from this tried-and-true sculptural medium.

If you do create a paper-mache sculpture we would love to see it! Take a picture and tag us #temiskamingartgallery. That's it for now. Have a great day folks. Toon in tomorrow for another great art/craft idea.

Sincerely; Your friendly neighbourhood art gallery.


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