Working with papier mâché


Papier mâché has a number of advantages as a medium for sculpture in the primary art programme: it is cheap, consisting of just newspaper and wallpaper paste, and when it is dry it is very light and so is suitable for use where clay would not do, for example in masks to be worn by the children.

It is also an excellent material in which to do very large work. Paste for papier mâché should be mixed to a thicker consistency than that suggested on the packet, otherwise the piece may fall apart as it dries. With a thick paste, only about three layers of pasted paper will usually be necessary, each laid in a different direction from the last.