Making Paper Mache Glue

Materials

Materials:

  • flour
  • water
  • mixing bowl
  • spoon

Preparation

How to assemble:

  • Mix one part flour with one part of water (eg, 1 cup flour  and 1 cup water, or 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup water) until you get a thick glue-like consistency. Add a bit more water if it's too thick.
  • Mix well with a spoon to get rid of all the lumps.  If you find you are getting lumps in your glue, you can use a small kitchen electric mixer to remove all the lumps.
  • Add a few tablespoons of salt to the final mixture to help prevent mold.

NOTES FOR PAPER MACHE PROJECTS:

  • You need to use strips of newspaper only, or even paper tissues or towels.
  • Let the newspaper strips soak in the paper mache glue a little before using.
  • Cover your artwork with only 2-3 layers, then let dry completely. This is an important step.
  • Once a layer is dry you can add 2-3 more layers, remembering to let each layer dry before adding the next one.
  • The final layer can be plain paper - so it's easier to paint - but use the thinnest paper possible and make sure it's soaked well in the paper mache glue.

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