Monday, March 28, 2011

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As most of us have learned over the years, beautiful works of art sometimes start as pieces of newspaper dipped into gluey goo. Are you ready to explore the world of papier-mâché? Read on…

Have you ever wondered…

  • What is papier-mâché?
  • How do you make papier-mâché paste?
  • What types of things can you make out of papier-mâché?

Did you know?

At one time or another, most of us have experienced the joy of creating our own artistic papier-mâché masterpiece. Papier-mâché — sometimes spelled paper-mâché — is a French phrase that literally means “chewed paper.”

A finished papier-mâché project is made up of pieces of paper or pulp that are often reinforced with cloth or other materials and bound together with an adhesive paste. Papier-mâché paste can be made of watered-down glue, starch or wallpaper paste.

Read the whole article for ideas on creating paper mache, vocabulary, and creating your own mask from Smithsonian's History Explorer.

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