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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.
This uncooked paper mache paste will leave a white residue on the outside of your sculpture. That doesn’t usually matter, but if you need the color or printing on the paper to show through, you’ll want to make the cooked paper mache paste instead. It dries clear. If you have a gluten sensitivity, you can use Elmer’s Art Paste instead of making your own paste. It has no flour in it, so it won’t attract mold or bugs, either.