This page contains recipes for several kinds of home-made paper mache paste, and home-made gesso recipes for finishing your sculptures. I have been messing around with paper mache for over 50 years and up until a few months ago I always came back to the easiest paper mache recipes, using plain old white flour and water paste with torn strips. The main trick is to make sure the sculpture is dry all the way through if any dampness is left inside when you apply paint or other finish, the sculpture will eventually rot from the inside out a truly disappointing development, I assure you. How to Create Papier Mch. Papier-mch (pap-yay mash-ay) or paper mch. It will help show you where you have been before and strengthen the piece. Gesso Recipes: Gesso helps to seal the paper mache and provide a nice white ground that makes your paint brighter. You can use acrylic gesso from the art store, or make your own.
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Easy Glue and Joint Compound recipe: I make my gesso using about 3 parts joint compound, 1 part Elmers Glue-All, and some white acrylic paint if I want the gesso nice and white. It means adult help is needed for the particular step. Steps. Therefore, take every effort to dry out your projects completely. I usually put my small sculptures in a warm oven (not over 200 F) or place them near a radiator. Next summer I intend to build a solar dryer that will be large enough for bigger items.