Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DIY Papier Mâché Sculptures

Papier Mâché All the Way!
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger~ edited by @schulmanArt

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Papier Mâché is the french word for "mashed paper." Having been around for quite some time, papier mâché, when it dries, is extremely strong but very light making it a great material to use for everything from jewelry boxes, bowls, trays, sculptures, props, and masks.

The following five bloggers show you with their do it yourself techniques and strategies how to make your own personalized papier mâché sculptures. This is the perfect activity to do by yourself or with friends and can make a whimsical and lasting piece for you or for someone close to your heart.

Hip to the Hop!
Make a little papier mâché lop-eared rabbit that only costs a few pennies in materials.

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On the Prowl
Ashley shows you how to make domestic, wild, or even whimsical animal heads in her in-depth tutorial. With illustrations to compliment the written directions, you'll be able to make anything from unicorns to dogs to lions!

All About the Technique
This article, courteous of Denise, gives you inside tips and secrets on the papier mâché process. Read on to find out what she has to say about layering, preparation, drying, clay, and pulp.

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College.
Handmade Gifts
This particular article links to how to make your own papier mâché clay. Donna offers instructions on how to make your foundation and then shows you how to make your own miniature hummingbird sculpture. This project makes the perfect heartfelt gift!

The French Bulldog
This one is my personal favorite. This blog, among many other papier mâché projects, teaches you via written instructions and online video how to make a French Bulldog sculpture. With their large bat-shaped ears, compressed nose and wrinkles, short neck and strong legs, this adorable sculpture of the pup is a keeper!

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