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Papier mache letters

Papier Mache'/ Paper Mache construction for Middle School Sculpture class (7th & 8th grades)

Lindsey Foushee

on 8 October 2016

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Transcript of Papier mache letters

What is Papier Mache'?
French for "chewed paper", is a material consisting of paper pieces or pulp bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.
Step 1 - Font
Sketch out some block letters. Decide which you want to use for your form. Draw it on one piece of cardboard (use a ruler if necessary!) and cut out. Letter thickness should be about 2 inches wide. Trace your cutout onto a second piece of cardboard so you have a front and back that match.
Step 2 - Depth
Cylinders can support a lot of weight, so paper cups make excellent spacers. Trim down if you want them shorter, but they must all be the same height.
Step 3 - fill in gaps if necessary
Step 4 - Make a Mess!
Papier mache letters
Dip strips of newspaper into the paste and lay gently across and around the edges of your form. For curves, thin strips work best! Make sure to smooth out all wrinkles or your paper will dry however it looks when it's wet.
Step 5 - Decorate
In ancient Egypt, coffins and death masks were often made from cartonnage — layers of papyrus or linen covered with plaster.
In Persia and Kashmir, papier-mâché has been used to make small boxes, trays, and cases. In Japan and India, papier-mâché was used to add decorative elements to armor and shields.
In Europe, it has been used for items from doll heads to chair backs to paper canoes.
You will be learning how to create a papier mache letter. The letter must be one of your initials, and be decorated to reflect your interests and style. Letters may be painted, collaged, or embellished with found objects.
Don't worry about drawing mistakes. Trace "keeper lines" with Sharpie- everything else will get covered.
Use masking tape (NOT plastic tape!) to hold all your pieces together.
If you have some edges that seem too "floppy," reinforce them with smaller pieces of cardboard. The papier mache will tear later if the form it's on is not stable.
You can also bend thin cardboard to reinforce curved edges.
Use collage paper, your own artwork, objects,nature, ANYTHING you can think of that reflects YOU to decorate your initial.
If painting, you may need to paint a base color to help cover the newsprint.
Successful Work Will...
be a first or last initial in 3D
be at least 6 inches tall or wide
not have tears, wrinkles, or gaps in papier mache
have decoration that includes personal symbolism and specific color choices ("I don't know, I just like it" is NOT an explanation)
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