This paper mache paste is a lot faster to make than the boiled version, and I think it works just as good. In my tests the raw paste was just as strong as the cooked version, and it dried just as hard. If you prefer the boiled version, I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments on this post
The “recipe” is just flour and water. The video shows the quick way I mix the paste to make it nice and smooth – it takes just a few seconds, much less time than it takes to actually watch the video.
I hadn’t made any paper mache paste for several years, because most of the sculptures I’d been making used the paper mache clay, the smoother air-dry clay, or the fast-setting paste made with glue and plaster that I use for my masks. But I’ve been making a lot of it lately, since I’m working on a series of 25 little dogs for my next book, and I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s messy, of course, but there’s something almost meditative about placing those little pieces of wet newspaper over a form, and having such simple products turn into something with a character of it’s own.
On a completely different note, I’ve had two emails this week from two different set designers who need full-sized elephants for stage productions, and both people need their elephants to be strong enough to hold someone on their backs (four people in one case!) and they have to move across the stage. The one with four riders needs to walk rather than roll or glide. I have no idea how someone would design the innards for a project like this. They would have to be light enough to move, strong enough for the riders, and balanced well enough so it couldn’t possibly tip over. To fall from that height could really hurt someone.
Do you have any advice for these folks? (And don’t the jobs of set designer and scene artist sound like fun? Why did I spend my “working” life typing and answering the phone???)