This video shows how I made an easy paper mache bowl with paper mache clay that’s been tinted with colored tissue paper. The project didn’t take much time, and it turned out rather nice. I didn’t work very hard on getting a pretty pattern with the colors, but if you have more patience than I do, you could make a very nice decorative bowl with this method. If your kids are home for winter vacation, this would be a fun and easy project.
The original paper mache clay recipe needs to be altered a little. Use just 3/4 cup of wet toilet paper instead of the 1 1/4 cup the original recipe calls for. Also, if you intend to do this project with a child, leave out the linseed oil (it contains chemicals) or use mineral oil instead. The oil really isn’t needed.
If I did this again, I’d probably mix in the colored tissue paper before adding any flour. Then I’d add less flour than the recipe called for. With a wetter mixture, I think you could then use a small plastic bag with a corner cut off like a pastry bag, the way you would to frost a fancy cake. That way, you could get smaller details more easily. It might be worth a try, anyway.
I’ve been wanting to try tinted paper mache clay for a long time. Marika made a nice wasp nest with colored paper mache clay, and a number of people have asked me if they could used colored clay for their own projects. The tissue paper didn’t affect the strength of the clay at all, so it dried really hard and strong.