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Have you recently looked for Elmer’s Art Paste, but couldn’t find it?
They don’t seem to be selling it anymore, but if you’re looking for an alternative that works even better – and doesn’t attract mold or mildew – try pure methylcellulose.
As you can see in the video, I didn’t find a version of methylcellulose that’s made specifically for paste, although I’m sure there are some. It’s been used for years by paper mache artists, and by librarians who repair old books. I just ordered a product that was intended for use in the kitchen. It’s pure methylcellulose, and it worked just fine. Any product that contains just methylcellulose, and nothing else, should also work, but this is the only one I’ve had a chance to try.
Elmer’s Art Paste was made with methylcellulose– but they may have added something to it to make it easier to mix. I made a bit of a mess because I didn’t realize that it would create so much foam when I used my immersion blender. I’m sure you’ll be a little more careful when you mix yours – an you’ll probably use a bigger container. 🙂
I made a video several years ago showing how to make a paper mache mask using Elmer’s Art Paste, and it would work just as well with this alternative. You can see that video here.
I also made a video with some tips for applying paper strips and paste to an armature, and you can find it here.
And there’s now a follow-up video showing how to make sure your methylcellulose paste will still be sticky, even after letting it sit in a jar on the shelf for a month or more.